Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 26 January 2017, 13:15 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 March 2018

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in Crimea due to the uncertain security situation and we advise against all travel to Crimea.  

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

New Zealanders currently in Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so. The New Zealand Government is severely limited in its ability to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens in these areas.

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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Crimea/Eastern Ukraine
The security situation is highly volatile in Crimea and in parts of eastern Ukraine. Russian forces and pro-Russian groups established control in Crimea in February 2014.

There continues to be conflict in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions between Ukrainian government and rebel forces, including during specified ceasefire periods. Armed groups have established road blocks and checkpoints in certain areas. There have been a significant number of deaths and injuries, including of civilians. There have also been kidnappings, seizures of buildings and other violent incidents, which have affected government buildings, transportation networks and other services.

Under Ukrainian law it is illegal to enter internationally recognised Ukrainian territory through a border point that is not currently controlled by Ukrainian authorities. Currently, these include border points in Crimea, Donetsk Oblast and Luhansk Oblasts.

Civil Unrest
The situation in Kyiv and other western cities is calm however occasional public protests continue in and around the Parliament building. Violent protest activity has occurred throughout the eastern regions.

New Zealanders throughout Ukraine are advised to be vigilant and avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning. We recommend staying informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and following any instructions issued by the local authorities.

Petty crime such as bag snatching and pickpocketing is increasing, particularly in Kyiv at night. Muggings, street scams and drinks spiking have also been reported. We recommend taking extra care to ensure your food and drink is never left unattended and being cautious accepting drinks from strangers and recent acquaintances. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to ensure their safety and secure their personal belongings.

Credit card fraud, including skimming, is common in Ukraine. We recommend New Zealanders take extra care when using credit cards and ATMs and carefully check credit card statements for fraudulent charges. 

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.

Citizens of New Zealand travelling to Ukraine for tourism purposes are eligible to obtain a Ukrainian short term tourist visa on arrival valid up to 15 days at the Boryspil International Airport, Odessa International Airport, and Odessa Marine Trade Port. Application for visa on arrival should be accompanied with documents confirming the tourism purposes of the visit; travel insurance valid in Ukraine for the period of stay; valid passport, two photos 3x4 size. For minors the written consent of parents or their legal representatives is required. The fee for visa processing is 2550 UAH (ca. 135 NZD).

For more information please visit:

Visas on arrival (airports Boryspil, Kyiv (Zhuliany), Odesa):

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 c/o Pulse, 17/21 Bahhovutivska Street, 04107, Kyiv, 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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