Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 19 August 2014, 14:08 NZST
  • Still current at: 19 April 2015

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in Crimea due to the uncertain security situation and we advise against all travel to this region. New Zealanders currently in Crimea are advised to depart.

Russian forces and pro-Russian groups have established control in Crimea and the security situation remains tense. Flights in and out of Simferopol airport in Crimea are subject to disruption and some airlines have cancelled flights.  Train and bus routes out of the peninsula remain operational, although subject to unscheduled disruption.  Road blocks have also been reported.

There is extreme risk to your security in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation.  We advise against all travel to these regions. 

On 17 July 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down in the area around Torez in the Donetsk region. If you have concerns about the safety of airline travel over the territory of eastern Ukraine, you should contact your airline or travel agent.

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in the eastern region of Kharkiv due to increased tensions and the potential for violence and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. Violent protest activity has occurred throughout the eastern regions.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Ukraine, including Kyiv, due to the uncertain security situation, escalating tensions and potential for violence and we advise caution.

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Armed Conflict
The security situation has deteriorated significantly in parts of eastern Ukraine since late April 2014.  There continues to be heavy fighting in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which has caused a significant number of deaths and injuries.  There have also been kidnappings, seizure of buildings and other violent incidents, which have affected government buildings, transportation networks and other services.  Armed groups continue to control areas in these regions and have established road blocks and checkpoints.  There are currently no scheduled flights to or from Donetsk and Lugansk airports.

Civil Unrest
Since violent civil unrest (including a number of fatalities) in early 2014, the situation in Kyiv and other western cities has calmed considerably, with a new government assuming power. The political and security environment remains unpredictable however, and occasional public protests continue in and around the Parliament building. Demonstrations elsewhere, including in or around Independence Square, could take place at short notice.

New Zealanders throughout Ukraine are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning. We recommend monitoring events through local media and adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Ukraine should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Ukraine are strongly 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 Ukraine

Street Address 44 Ulitsa Povarskaya, Moscow 121069, Russia Telephone +7 495 956 3579 Alternate Telephone +7 495 956 3580 Fax +7 495 956 3583 Email nzembmoscow@mft.net.nz Web Site http://www.nzembassy.com/russia Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Kyiv, Ukraine

Street Address 1b Kyivska Street, 08161 Tarasivka, Kyiv-Svjatoshyn District, Ukraine Telephone +38 044 537 7444 Mobile +38 050 4696771 Fax +38 044 537 7445 Email mark.wright@pulse.ua

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Russian Federation

Street Address
44 Ulitsa Povarskaya, Moscow 121069, Russia

Telephone: +7 495 956 3579

Alternate Telephone: +7 495 956 3580

Fax: +7 495 956 3583

Email: nzembmoscow@mft.net.nz

Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/russia

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

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