- Reviewed: 14 January 2020, 13:36 NZDT
- Still current at: 18 January 2020
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Avoid non-essential travel
Avoid non-essential travel to the Ferghana Valley and areas bordering Uzbekistan and Tajikistan due to the uncertain security situation and the presence of landmines. This includes the regions of Osh, Jalalabad and Batken.
Exercise increased caution
Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Kyrgyzstan due to violent crime, terrorism and the potential for civil unrest.View Larger Map Close/Open map
Tensions exist over recognition of the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan borders. In the past there have been occasional clashes along the borders involving exchange of gunfire.
Landmines are present along Kyrgyzstan’s borders with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. We recommend that you only use officially recognised border crossings if entering Uzbekistan and Tajikistan by land. Border crossings are often closed at short notice.
Although the situation is currently stable, political and ethnic tensions continue to exist in Kyrgyzstan, especially in the south and south-west of the country, and there is the potential for civil unrest.
Demonstrations occur from time to time, particularly in the capital Bishkek. New Zealanders in Kyrgyzstan should avoid any demonstrations, political rallies and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent.
There is a threat from terrorism in Kyrgyzstan, particularly south and west of Osh.
New Zealanders in Kyrgyzstan are advised to be security-conscious in public places and areas frequented by foreigners, monitor the media for information about potential threats to safety and security, and follow any advice and instructions issued by the local authorities.
There is a high incidence of crime, including violent crime, and foreigners can be targeted due to their perceived wealth. Robbery, mugging and pickpocketing have occurred, including near hotels, on public transport and other places frequented by foreigners (bazaars in Bishkek, particularly Osh Bazaar are regularly targeted). It is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable such as mobile devices and jewellery, or carrying large sums of cash.
There have also been reports of travellers being robbed by individuals posing as police officers, particularly at local markets, and also as ‘meet and greet’ drivers at airports. We recommend you arrange airport transport in advance of arrival, avoid travelling alone and at night, and only use official taxis.
Be aware of the risk of drink spiking in Kyrgyzstan. Never accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended.
General Travel Advice
Local police often ask to see proof of identity. We recommend you carry a photocopy of your passport and visa at all times.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Kyrgyzstan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Kyrgyzstan are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation is accredited to Kyrgyzstan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/russia Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs
See our regional advice for Central Asia
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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Russian Federation
3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow 119034, Russian Federation
Telephone: +7 495 956 3579
Alternate Telephone: +7 495 956 3580
Fax: +7 495 956 3583
Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs