Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 5 February 2018, 14:05 NZDT
  • Still current at: 19 April 2019

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Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to the border area with Yemen due to the ongoing conflict.

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Oman due to the potential for civil unrest and an underlying threat from terrorism.

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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 throughout 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.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism in Oman. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks 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 Western expatriates or travellers. Always be aware of your surroundings, and maintain a high level of security awareness.

Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. 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.

Travellers entering the Gulf area by sea should be aware that many areas of the Gulf are highly sensitive, including near maritime boundaries and the islands of Abu Musa and the Tunbs in the Southern Gulf. Some vessels have been inspected and travellers detained. Mariners in particular should make careful enquiries before considering entering these waters.

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 Web Site 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



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



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

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