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Iran

Iran

Civil Unrest
In 2019 and 2022, violent protests occurred throughout Iran resulting in a large number of arrests, injuries and deaths.

Since 2022, there have been protests over social restrictions throughout the country. Many protesters and by-standers have been arrested and detained in the security response, including foreign nationals.

Armenia

Nagorno-Karabakh region 
This area is subject to an ongoing dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan. A ceasefire is in place, however there are regular violations which in the past have resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, including in 2023. The border with Azerbaijan may be closed to travellers at short notice. Unmarked landmines are also a hazard in the vicinity and along the border with Azerbaijan. 

Moldova

Moldova

On 23 February 2022, Moldova announced a nationwide state of emergency, which continues in response to the regional crisis. Other local restrictions may be implemented with little warning.

There are no commercial flights to or from Belarus, Russia or Ukraine due to Russia’s military actions in neighbouring Ukraine. You should not attempt to cross into Ukraine from Moldova.

Ecuador

Ecuador

On 8 January 2024, the President declared a 60-day State of Emergency following the escape of a major criminal from prison and subsequent prison riots, which has led to an increase in criminal activity nationwide. A daily curfew is in place nationwide from 2300-0500 hours. If you’re travelling to/from the airport, you will need to show your passport or ID and relevant boarding pass or flight itinerary.

El Salvador

El Salvador

Violent Crime
Violent crime remains a serious problem throughout El Salvador, including in San Salvador. Much of this crime is drug and gang related and foreigners are not usually targeted, however tourists have been the victims of serious crime, often involving firearms, in the past, including armed robbery, kidnapping, murder, carjacking, sexual assault and assault.

Thailand

Thailand

Political Tension/Civil unrest
The political situation in Thailand can be unpredictable. In recent years, Thailand has experienced regular large-scale political demonstrations and unrest in Bangkok and other cities in Thailand.  Violent incidents in the vicinity of these demonstrations have resulted in serious injuries.

Guyana

Guyana

Post Closure
The New Zealand High Commission in Bridgetown (accredited to Guyana) has now formally closed.

New Zealanders who require emergency consular assistance should contact the 24/7 Consular emergency line on 0800 30 10 30 (within New Zealand) or +64 99 20 20 20 (outside of New Zealand) or email cons@mfat.govt.nz.