Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 12 October 2018, 15:25 NZDT
  • Still current at: 7 December 2019

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Exercise increased caution

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

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There is a heightened threat of terrorism throughout France with a number of attacks in the recent past:

-       On 23 March 2018, an individual carried out various attacks in the Carcassonne area in the south of France, killing four people.

-       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 1 October 2017, two women were killed in a knife attack at Marseille’s Saint Charles train station, before the attacker was killed by security forces.

-       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 France and across Europe. Additional security measures and tighter border controls are now the norm, particularly in popular tourist areas and transport hubs. Public gatherings and tourist sites are subject to security controls and an increased police/military presence.

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 events and transport hubs. Further violent incidents are possible.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur frequently in France. New Zealanders are advised to follow any advice issued by the local authorities, monitor local media for developments and avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent.  

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

Beware of common scams used to obtain money from tourists. For more information, visit the Prefecture de Police (Paris) website. Also beware of ATM and credit card fraud, and only use ATMs in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in France should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

New Zealanders in France are encouraged to register their 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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