Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Russian Federation

  • Reviewed: 8 June 2017, 09:40 NZST
  • Still current at: 20 August 2017

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachai-Cherkessia, Republic of North Ossetia and the south-east parts of Stavropol Krai in the North Caucasian Federal District. Terrorism, kidnapping and military activity in these areas presents a significant risk to security. We advise against all travel to these areas.

There is extreme risk to your security within 10 kilometres of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation. We advise against all travel in this border region.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Russia due to the threat of terrorism and crime and we advise caution. 

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Terrorism
There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Russia. Terrorist attacks have occurred in recent years, including in Moscow.

On 3 April 2017, an explosion occurred on a train carriage travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut metro stations in central St Petersburg. At least 9 people were killed and more than 20 injured.

The threat is particularly high in the North Caucasian Federal District, where the security situation remains unstable. Attacks occur on a regular basis against local and federal forces. New Zealanders should be aware that any increase in violence in the North Caucasian Federal District is likely to increase the possibility of terrorism in other parts of Russia.

Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in Russia. Russian authorities maintain increased security measures as a precaution around the country, including at tourist sites and transport hubs. The Russian authorities have disrupted a number of terror plots.

Previous terrorist attacks in Russia have targeted transport infrastructure, including airports, buses, trains and Metro systems. Further attacks are likely and could occur anywhere in Russia, at any time.

New Zealanders in Russia are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources.  We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising a high degree of vigilance in public places.

Violent Crime
Racist attacks by skinhead or ultra-nationalist groups do occur in Russia. People who are non-European in appearance are more likely to be targeted, including in Moscow and St Petersburg.

Tourists have been targeted for assault and robbery in the past and petty crime, such as pickpocketing and distraction theft, also occurs in cities. There have also been reports of travellers being robbed by individuals posing as police officers. If approached by police, ask to see identification before handing over your documentation.

There have been some incidents of drink spiking followed by robbery and assault in Russia. Extra care should be taken to ensure your drink is never left unattended and we recommend against accepting  drinks from strangers or recent acquaintances. New Zealanders in Russia are advised to maintain a high level of personal security awareness and take steps to safeguard and secure personal belongings at all times.

Civil Unrest
Political protests, demonstrations and marches occasionally escalate into violence in Russia. New Zealanders in Russia are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and marches as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning. 

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Russia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. 

It is a requirement for all foreigners entering Russia with a Russian visa to register the visa on arrival if they are staying in Russia 7 days and more, public holidays and week-ends are excluded. However, for the period of the Confederations Cup football tournament to be held in Russia from 1 June until 12 July 2017,  all foreigners arriving in Russia  must now register no later than 24 hours after their arrival even if they are staying for less than 7 days excluding public holidays and week-ends. In normal circumstances hotels and hostels register travellers but please be aware that not all do. To register ask your hotel or hostel to complete this process otherwise it is necessary to contact the local Migration Office of Russian Internal Affairs.

New Zealanders in Russia are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation

Street Address 3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow 119034, Russian Federation Telephone +7 495 956 3579 Alternate Telephone +7 495 956 3580 Fax +7 495 956 3583 Email nzembmoscow@mft.net.nz Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/russia Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Vladivostok, Russian Federation

Street Address 48/2 Stanukovitcha St, Cottage 10, Vladivostok, 690003, Russian Federation Telephone +7 4232 512 362/365 Fax +7 4232 513 222 Email martintate@xtra.co.nz

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New Zealand Embassy Russian Federation

Street Address
3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow 119034, Russian Federation

Telephone: +7 495 956 3579

Alternate Telephone: +7 495 956 3580

Fax: +7 495 956 3583

Email: nzembmoscow@mft.net.nz

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/russia

Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

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