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South Africa

South Africa

Crime
There is a very high level of violent crime in South Africa, which includes mugging, murder, sexual assault, carjacking, armed robbery and kidnapping. While most travellers are likely to experience a trouble-free visit, there is a serious risk of crime, particularly in city centres and townships. Although crime occurs at all hours, the risk significantly increases at night.  

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Crime
Violent criminals have targeted foreigners in Atyrau and Aktau in western Kazakhstan, and in Astana and Almaty, in the past. Incidents involving tourists typically occur outside of bars and nightclubs after dark, when tourists are leaving the establishments. New Zealanders in Kazakhstan should avoid walking alone and be especially cautious after dark in urban centres, when the risk of crime increases.

Belize

Belize

Post Closure
The New Zealand High Commission in Bridgetown (accredited to Belize) has 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. 

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.