Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 26 May 2015, 10:15 NZST
  • Still current at: 10 October 2015

Extreme Risk

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. 

There is extreme risk to your security in Crimea due to the uncertain security situation and the severely limited ability of the New Zealand Government to provide assistance to New Zealand citizens in this area.  We advise against all travel to Crimea. 

New Zealanders currently in the Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk regions are advised to depart.

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in the eastern region of Kharkiv due to 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 potential for civil unrest and we advise caution.

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Armed Conflict
The security situation is highly volatile in parts of eastern Ukraine.  There continues to be conflict in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions between Ukrainian government and rebel forces, including during specified ceasefire periods. There have been a significant number of deaths and injuries, including of civilians. In early 2015, there were several bomb attacks in the city of Kharkiv, resulting in a number of deaths.

Armed groups continue to control areas in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and have established road blocks and checkpoints.  There have also been kidnappings, seizures of buildings and other violent incidents, which have affected government buildings, transportation networks and other services.  There are currently no scheduled flights to or from Donetsk and Lugansk airports. 

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.

Russian forces and pro-Russian groups established control in Crimea in February 2014. The security situation remains tense.

The New Zealand government has a severely limited ability to provide assistance to New Zealand citizens in this area.  You should take this into account if you choose to travel to Crimea against our advice.

Civil Unrest
The situation in Kyiv and other western cities is calm however 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 Warsaw, Poland is accredited to Ukraine

Street Address Al. Ujazdowskie 51, Warsaw 00-536, Poland Telephone +48 22 521 0500 Fax +48 22 521 0510 Email Web Site Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200, 1330 - 1600 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

See our regional advice for Europe

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Poland

Street Address
Al. Ujazdowskie 51, Warsaw 00-536, Poland

Telephone: +48 22 521 0500

Fax: +48 22 521 0510



Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200, 1330 - 1600 hrs

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