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There is extreme risk to your security in the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast, including the city of Khorog, and we advise against all travel due to the uncertain security situation. The murder of a high ranking official in the region on 21 July 2012 has resulted in a security operation in Khorog to capture those responsible, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.
There is high risk to your security in the areas bordering Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan due to the uncertain security situation and the presence of landmines and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas. There have been armed clashes between Tajik security forces and suspected criminal groups in the border regions and the borders are subject to closure without notice. We advise against venturing off the main roads as there are both marked and unmarked minefields close to the borders.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Tajikistan due to the threat from terrorism and we advise caution.
Due to the threat from terrorism, New Zealanders are advised to be security conscious at all times, particularly in public places, and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.
Recent terrorist incidents include:
8 March 2011: An explosion outside a restaurant in Dushanbe injured one person.
21 January 2011: Three abandoned vehicles containing improvised explosive devices were found outside law enforcement agencies in the Sughd province in northern Tajikistan.
General travel advice
Foreign nationals are required by Tajikistan law to carry their passport and visa with them at all times.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Tajikistan should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include 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.
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Tajikistan, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is severely limited.