New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation


An all Russia Census is to be held over the period 14-25 October 2010.  Please click here for details.


Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Elvira Nabiullina and Minister of Trade of New Zealand Hon Tim Groser met today in Moscow and agreed that New Zealand and Russia, joined by its partners under the Customs Union, Kazakhstan and Belarus, will commence a preparatory process towards a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by instructing officials to jointly set out the possible objectives and scope of such an Agreement.


Trade Minister Tim Groser is visiting Moscow from 30 May to 2 June with a focus on strengthening the trade and economic relationship between Russia and New Zealand.


Information for New Zealanders whose travel plans are affected by the volcanic activity in Iceland is available at    
New Zealanders already in Russia whose delayed travel will result in their visas expiring, should contact their airline representative for assistance with arranging temporary extensions.


The New Zealand Prime Minister, Hon John Key, on Tuesday conveyed the deepest condolences of the government and people of New Zealand to President Medvedev and the people of Russia regarding the appalling terrorist attacks in Moscow on Monday 29 March.  The Prime Minister strongly condemned the terrorist attacks against innocent civilians going about their ordinary lives and noted that the thoughts of the people of New Zealand were with the families and loved ones of those killed and injured.



As you may be aware from media reports, there have been two separate explosions on the Moscow metro this morning, Monday 29 March, at Lubyanka and Park Kultury metro stations.

If you are in Moscow, we would appreciate it if you could contact us as soon as possible to let us know you are safe, and that you have contacted family/friends to advise them you are safe. Contact details for the Embassy are telephone (495) 956 3579, email


Ambassador Ian Hill presented his Credentials to the State Secretary of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kanat Saudabayev, on 11 February at the Presidential Palace in Astana, thereby becoming New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan.


Ambassador Ian Hill presented his Credentials to the President of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiev on 10 February at Government House in Bishkek, thereby becoming New Zealand Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic. While in Bishkek, the Ambassador also met with the Kyrgyz First Deputy Foreign Minister.


The New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Murray McCully visited the Russian Federation 16-17 December 2009 at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Minister, Mr Sergey Lavrov.


Ambassador Ian Hill presented his Credentials to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko on 1 December at the House of Chimeras in Kyiv, thereby becoming New Zealand Ambassador to Ukraine.

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