Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 23 January 2020, 09:03 NZDT
  • Still current at: 24 February 2020

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Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in France due to the ongoing threat of terrorism.

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A heightened threat of terrorism remains throughout France, with a number of attacks in the recent past:

-    On 11 December 2018, an individual carried out an attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, killing 3 people and injuring 12 others.

-    On 13 May 2018, an individual carried out a knife attack in Paris, killing one person and injuring four. The attacker was shot by police.

-    On 14 July 2016, a truck drove into a large crowd at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice killing 86 people and injuring 434 others.

-    On 13 November 2015, coordinated attacks took place across six different locations in Paris, killing 130 people and injuring over 350 others.

Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in Europe. Some plots are likely to involve foreign fighters returning to France and Europe from conflicts in the Middle East. French authorities continue to make arrests of terrorism suspects and recommend heightened vigilance due to the ongoing risk.

Additional security measures and tighter border controls are now the norm, particularly in popular tourist areas and transport hubs. Public gatherings and access to tourist sites are subject to security controls.

New Zealanders in France are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. Follow any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercise a high degree of vigilance in public places, including at tourist sites, restaurants, bars, shopping areas, sporting and cultural events and transport hubs.   

Small-scale attacks by a local independence movement in Corsica cannot be discounted.  While government buildings are usually the target of these attacks, there is the potential for foreigners to be incidentally harmed.  

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur frequently in France and often impact on transport networks which may affect travel plans. New Zealanders are advised to follow any advice issued by the local authorities and avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they can turn violent with little warning.  

Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing is common in France, particularly in and around major cities and tourist sites, airports and railway stations, hotel lobbies, public areas, and on public transport. 

While violent crime towards foreigners is not common, foreigners may be the targets of opportunistic crime, such as robbery, pickpocketing and assault. Travellers are frequently targeted on the RER suburban trains to/from Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, at the Paris Gare du Nord Eurostar/Thalys train station, and on Line 1 of the Paris metro.

We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and to never leave belongings unattended, even for brief periods.

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

You must be able to prove your identity either by showing documents (e.g. passport) when asked or within 4 hours at a police station.

It is illegal to cover your face in public places in France, and failure to comply could result in a large fine or detainment. There is no exemption for tourists or for religious reasons.

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

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Paris, France

Street Address 103, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France Telephone +33 1 45 01 43 43 Emergency Telephone In France: 01 45 01 43 43, from abroad: +33 1 45 01 43 43 Email Web Site Hours Mon 10:30-13:00, 14:00-17:00, Tues-Fri 09:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00

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New Zealand Embassy France

Street Address
103, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Telephone: +33 1 45 01 43 43

Emergency Telephone: In France: 01 45 01 43 43, from abroad: +33 1 45 01 43 43



Hours: Mon 10:30-13:00, 14:00-17:00, Tues-Fri 09:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00

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