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Iraq

Iraq

Security Situation
The security situation in Iraq remains highly volatile and could deteriorate further, with little or no warning. The terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant remains active in parts of the country, as do other violent extremist groups engaged in sectarian, ethnic and tribal violence and organised crime. Political instability, crime and corruption, and civil unrest are also common in Iraq.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Terrorism
There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Bangladesh. There have been a number of deadly attacks since 2015, including fatal attacks targeting foreigners.

Significant attacks include:

-    On 24 March 2017, a suicide bombing occurred at a checkpoint near Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

Oman

Oman

Civil unrest
Demonstrations sometimes occur in Oman. New Zealanders in Oman are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent. We recommend monitoring events through local media and following instructions issued by the local authorities.

Mexico

Mexico

Violent crime
Violent crime, including murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and sexual assault is common in Mexico, including in tourist areas. Mexican government statistics indicate that both violent and non-violent crime occur much more frequently in Mexico City and the State of Mexico than in many other parts of the country.

Bahrain

Bahrain

Civil Unrest/Political Tension
Demonstrations and protests are relatively common in Bahrain, some of which have resulted in violence in the past. Protests have involved disruption to traffic, unofficial checkpoints, the burning of tyres, throwing of Molotov cocktails and the use of improvised explosive devices.

Kosovo

Kosovo

Civil unrest/political tension
The security situation in Kosovo is currently calm but remains tense. In the past, violent incidents involving grenades, vehicle explosions and unrest have occurred in several towns in northern Kosovo, including the northern part of the city of Mitrovica. There have also been a number of recent protests in central Pristina, some of which have turned violent.