Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 7 December 2017, 14:20 NZDT
  • Still current at: 20 January 2019

Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid all non-essential travel to areas bordering Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan due to criminal activity and the presence of landmines.

Avoid all non-essential travel to the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast due to the uncertain security situation.

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Tajikistan due to the threat from terrorism.

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Border areas
There have been armed clashes between Tajik security forces and suspected criminal groups in these areas and both marked and unmarked minefields are present close to the borders. We advise against venturing off the main roads. Border crossings are often closed at short notice.

Travel to this area requires a special permit. There were sporadic outbreaks of violence in recent years and there is a heightened security presence. The situation is currently stable however further violent incidents are possible. The area may be closed to visitors at short notice.

Terrorist attacks have occurred in Tajikistan. Tajik security forces reportedly prevented 12 terrorist attacks during the course of 2017. New Zealanders are advised to monitor the media for information about threats to safety and security in Tajikistan and follow any advice and instructions issued by the local authorities.

While the security situation is generally stable, and Dushanbe is relatively secure, there have been occasional muggings and petty crime occurs. Those perceived to have money, including foreigners, may be targeted.

General travel advice
Local police often ask to see proof of identity. We recommend you carry a photocopy of your passport and visa at all times.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Tajikistan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. There are shortages of even the most basic medical supplies in Tajikistan.

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

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation is accredited to Tajikistan

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 Web Site Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

See our regional advice for Central Asia

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Accredited 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



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

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