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, 14:31 NZDT
  • Still current at: 9 April 2020

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

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.

Terrorism
New Zealanders travelling and living in Canada are advised to take account of the terror threat level assigned by the Canadian authorities when making travel decisions. For further information on the threat of terrorism in Canada see the Canadian Security Intelligence Service website.

Terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq continue to plan attacks against the West and there is also a threat from domestic-based extremists. Isolated terrorist incidents have occurred in the past. Further attacks are possible and could target public areas.

New Zealanders in Canada are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing occurs in Canada and is common in tourist areas, in larger cities and on public transport.

We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. Avoid leaving valuables in unattended vehicles.

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Canada should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

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

Travel tips


The New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada

Street Address 150 Elgin Street, Suite 1401 Ottawa Ontario K2P 1L4 Telephone +1 613 238 5991 Alternate Telephone +1 613 238 6097 Email info@nzhcottawa.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/canada Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1630 hrs

New Zealand Consulate-General Vancouver, Canada

Street Address Suite 2250, 1050 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6E 3S7 Telephone +1 604 684 7388 Fax +1 604 684 7333 Hours Mon - Fri 9:30am - 1:30pm

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Calgary, Canada

Note All enquiries should be directed to the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Toronto, Canada

Note All enquiries should be directed to the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa

See our regional advice for North America

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New Zealand High Commission Canada

Street Address
150 Elgin Street, Suite 1401 Ottawa Ontario K2P 1L4

Telephone: +1 613 238 5991

Alternate Telephone: +1 613 238 6097

Email: info@nzhcottawa.org

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

Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1630 hrs

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