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Spain: WorldPride 2017

From the 23rd June to 2nd July Madrid will host WorldPride 2017. The festival itself will take place in the neighbourhood of Chueca and the main streets of Madrid. For further information on the festivities please visit WorldPride 2017.

Terrorism
LGBTQ+ events and locations have previously been the target of terrorist attacks. We advise New Zealanders attending WorldPride 2017 events 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 a high degree of vigilance in public places, particularly at tourist sites, shopping areas and transport hubs, such as airports and railway stations. See our Spain travel advisory for further information.

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing occurs in Spain, and is particularly common in tourist areas and on public transport. Foreign tourists are often targeted by professional thieves in Spain, and this regularly includes New Zealanders.  We advise New Zealanders in Spain to maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure personal belongings.

Instances of hate-crime targeting LGBTQ+ have occurred in the past. Information on the Madrid Health website encourages people to not stay silent and to report this type of crime as soon as possible. For further information along with some tips on looking after your health and safety whilst at the event please visit WorldPride 2017.

If you do find yourself in an emergency situation please call 112 for emergency services.

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

If you are travelling to Spain for WorldPride 2017, please ensure you register your travel details on SafeTravel, take out comprehensive travel insurance, and read our Spain travel advisory.

If you require further information on the event, or Madrid in general, please call Madrid city information on 010 once you arrive.

Consular Services
If you do get into trouble or require consular assistance, and need to contact the New Zealand Embassy in Madrid, the phone number is +34 915 230 226. Outside of standard working hours please also ring the above number and you will be transferred to the Consular after-hours number.

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