Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

  • Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 13:43 NZDT
  • Still current at: 26 May 2020

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Oman.

Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.

Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.

For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel.  IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.

As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.

For further travel advice and information about COVID-19, please see our webpage here. We encourage all New Zealanders living and travelling overseas to register with us.

Regional tensions
On 3 January 2020, an Iranian military commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders were killed in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport.

The security situation in the Middle East region is unpredictable and may become increasingly volatile.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations sometimes occur in Oman. Developments in the Middle East continue to have an impact on local public opinion. You should be aware of local sensitivities on these issues.

New Zealanders in Oman are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent. We recommend monitoring events through local media and following instructions issued by the local authorities.

Terrorism
There is an underlying threat from terrorism in the Gulf region, including against Western interests. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. New Zealanders are advised to take particular care in public and commercial areas known to be frequented by Westerners or tourists. Always be aware of your surroundings, and maintain a high level of security awareness.

Piracy
Piracy occurs in coastal waters and sometimes farther out at sea. Mariners are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures in these waters. Consider how regional tensions may affect your route. 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 Oman to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.

You should carry a photocopy of your passport or another form of identification at all times.

Photography of government buildings or military establishments is prohibited - if in doubt, don’t take a picture.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Oman should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Oman are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is accredited to Oman

Street Address Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Postal Address PO Box 94 397, Riyadh, 11693, Saudi Arabia Telephone +966 1 1 4887735 Fax +966 1 488 7912 Email nzembassyksa@gmail.com Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/saudi-arabia Hours Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs Note

The New Zealand Consulate Muscat, Oman

Postal Address Villa 2869, Way No. 2333, Madinat Al-Sultan Qaboos Street, near Abu Obaida Mosque, Muscat, Oman Telephone +968 24 694 692 Alternate Telephone +968 24 693 322 Fax +968 24 603 234

See our regional advice for the Middle East

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Saudi Arabia

Street Address
Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +966 1 1 4887735

Fax: +966 1 488 7912

Email: nzembassyksa@gmail.com

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/saudi-arabia

Hours: Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs

New Zealand Consulate Oman

Telephone: +968 24 694 692

Alternate Telephone: +968 24 693 322

Fax: +968 24 603 234

Email: nzembassyksa@gmail.com

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/saudi-arabia

Hours: Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs

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