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, 13:55 NZDT
  • Still current at: 3 July 2020

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

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
There is a threat of terrorism across Europe, including in Germany.

On 19 December 2016, a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin killing 12 people and injuring many others.

There is still a threat of terrorism in Germany as terrorist groups continue to view Western Europe as an attractive target. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists, including plots that may involve foreign fighters returning to Germany and Europe from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The German authorities maintain increased security measures as a precaution around the country, including at public buildings, transport hubs, major events and large public gatherings. German police continue to monitor a number of individuals suspected of involvement in terrorist-related activity and have disrupted a number of terror plots.

New Zealanders in Germany are advised to be vigilant and 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 a heightened degree of vigilance in public places.

Crime
Violent crime is rare, but has occurred in larger cities around metropolitan subway systems and in train stations. Extremist individuals and youth groups have been known to racially harass and attack perceived foreigners in the past.

Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing occurs in Germany, particularly in and around major cities, tourist sites and transport hubs. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and guard belongings carefully.

Incidents of 'drink spiking' at popular night clubs and markets, leading to sexual assault, have been reported.  Travellers are advised to exercise particular caution when attending large events, and to pay attention to their personal security in public places, particularly at night.

Civil unrest
Public demonstrations, protests and rallies occur occasionally in Germany. New Zealanders are advised to follow any advice issued by the local authorities and avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent.

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

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

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany

Street Address Atrium, Friedrichstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany Telephone +49 30 206 210 Fax +49 30 206 21114 Email nzembber@infoem.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/germany Hours Mon - Fri 09.30 - 1300, 1400 - 1600 Note For consular assistance in Switzerland, Telephone: +41 22 929 0350

New Zealand Consulate-General Hamburg, Germany

Street Address Zurich-Haus, Domstrasse 19, 20095 Hamburg, Germany Telephone +49 40 442 5550 Fax +49 40 4425 5549 Email hamburg@nzte.govt.nz

See our regional advice for Europe

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New Zealand Embassy Germany

Street Address
Atrium, Friedrichstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 30 206 210

Fax: +49 30 206 21114

Email: nzembber@infoem.org

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

Hours: Mon - Fri 09.30 - 1300, 1400 - 1600

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