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Reviewed: 29 August 2013, 15:50 NZDT
Still current at: 07 December 2013
There is high risk to your security in Saudi Arabia due to the threat of terrorism and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.
Although there has been a significant decrease in the number of terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia in recent years, the possibility of future terrorist attacks cannot be discounted. A number of terrorist plots have been disrupted by the Saudi authorities in recent years. International terrorist groups continue to issue statements calling for attacks against Westerners on the Arabian Peninsula, including Saudi Arabia.
Terrorist attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in Saudi Arabia, and could be directed at any location associated with Western interests or known to be frequented by expatriates or foreigners. Possible targets for terrorist attacks include (but are not limited to), embassies, hotels, expatriate housing compounds, restaurants, shopping areas, government offices, military facilities, aviation and oil industry facilities. The threat of terrorist or criminal activity targeting foreigners rises in the vicinity of the undefined border with Yemen.
New Zealanders in Saudi Arabia are advised to be security conscious at all times and remain vigilant in public places – particularly places where Westerners congregate.
Public demonstrations and protests are illegal in Saudi Arabia but do occur occasionally and have at times resulted in violence. New Zealanders throughout Saudi Arabia are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities.
Piracy is a significant threat in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Mariners are advised to take appropriate security measures in these waters. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report
General travel advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Saudi Arabia to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.
During the holy month of Ramadan, New Zealanders travelling to Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia should show respect and pay attention to religious and cultural sensitivities. New Zealanders should refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public view during the daytime.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Saudi Arabia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Saudi Arabia are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are:
Street Address Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Postal Address PO Box 94 397, Riyadh 11693, Saudi Arabia
Telephone +966 11 488 7988 or +966 566 664 442 after-hours
Facsimile +966 11 488 7911/12
Office Hours Sun – Thurs 0900-1200, 1230-1500 hrs
Contact details are:
Street Address c/o Associated Agencies, Sundus Building (Behind Caravan Shopping Centre), Al Madina Street, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Postal Address PO Box 419, Jeddah 21411, Saudi Arabia
Telephone +966 2 651 2109
Facsimile +966 2 651 6504
Office Hours Sat – Wed 0900-1300, 1600-1900 hrs; Thu 0900-1300 hrs