Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 23 March 2022, 11:25 NZDT
  • Still current at: 25 June 2022

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COVID-19

If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Do not travel

We advise that New Zealanders Do not travel to Belarus due to the volatile security situation caused by the Russian military action in neighbouring Ukraine and the conducting of military operations by Russian forces from Belarus. New Zealanders in Belarus should leave immediately if they judge it is safe to do so. 
 
New Zealand’s ability to provide consular assistance to New Zealanders in Belarus is very limited. The security situation in Belarus could change at short notice and New Zealanders should not rely on support with evacuating in these circumstances.

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Belarus

Routes out of the country are limited, particularly by air, as many countries have banned Belarusian airlines from flying over their airspace. This includes all EU member states, the UK and Ukraine. Minsk International airport as well as Belarusian land border operations with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are currently still open but this could change at short notice. Expect and prepare for lengthy waits at borders by ensuring you have an adequate supply of food, water, medication and fuel. 

If you are a New Zealander in Belarus, register your whereabouts with SafeTravel and keep your details up to date so we can be aware of your situation and provide you with the latest information updates, as needed. If you are in need of emergency consular assistance, you should contact the New Zealand Embassy in Russia at nzembmoscow@mft.net.nz, or contact the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 24/7 Consular Emergency Line on 0800 30 10 30 (within New Zealand) or +64 99 20 20 20 (outside of New Zealand), or email cons@mfat.govt.nz.

Please note, New Zealand’s ability to provide consular assistance to New Zealanders in Belarus is very limited. The security situation in Belarus could change at short notice and New Zealanders should not rely on support with evacuating in these circumstances.

Belarus/Russia Border

There is a changing situation in regard to the rules and regulations when crossing the border between Belarus and Russia. If you intend to cross the Belarus/Russia border, we strongly recommend you contact the nearest Russian Embassy and nearest Belarusian Embassy for clear advice on current requirements for entry and exit. 

New Zealanders travelling or living in Belarus should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Belarus are 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 Belarus

Street Address 3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow 119034, Russian Federation 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.mfat.govt.nz/russia Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Russian Federation

Street Address
3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow 119034, Russian Federation

Telephone: +7 495 956 3579

Alternate Telephone: +7 495 956 3580

Fax: +7 495 956 3583

Email: nzembmoscow@mft.net.nz

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/russia

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

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