Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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Georgia

Georgia

Civil Unrest
Protests and demonstrations occur frequently in Georgia, particularly in the capital Tbilisi. New Zealanders in Georgia are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as they have the potential to escalate with little warning.

Terrorism
Terrorist attacks continue to occur globally and attacks in Georgia cannot be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate and target areas frequented by foreigners.  

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.

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.

Spain

Spain

Terrorism
Terrorist groups, individuals returning to Europe from areas of conflict, and individuals adhering to various forms of extremist ideologies, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in Spain and across Europe. Groups adhering to various ideologies have conducted attacks in the past. Spanish authorities continue to report the disruption of planned attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.