Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

  • Reviewed: 31 March 2021, 14:30 NZDT
  • Still current at: 28 September 2021

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COVID-19

We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.

The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.

Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.

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Spain

Terrorism
Terrorist groups, individuals returning to Europe from areas of conflict, and individuals adhering to various forms of extremist ideologies, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in Spain and across Europe. Groups adhering to various ideologies have conducted attacks in the past.  Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.

On 17 - 18 August 2017, two terrorist related incidents occurred in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, and Cambrils, approximately 120kms south west of Barcelona. These events resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries.

The Spanish government maintains a national terrorism alert level in response to terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere, as well as information held by its security agencies. Since 2015 the Spanish authorities have assessed the threat level as “high”, the second highest level (Level 4 out of 5). This remains unchanged after the Barcelona attack in August 2017. The current alert level is available on the Spanish Interior Ministry's website (in Spanish).

The Basque terrorist organisation Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) announced a ‘definitive cessation of armed activity’ in October 2011, and a full disarmament took place in April 2017. ETA announced its full dissolution effective from 2 May 2018. 

New Zealanders in Spain 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 a high degree of vigilance in public places, particularly at tourist sites, shopping areas and transport hubs, such as airports and railway stations.

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing is common in Spain, and is particularly common in tourist areas and on public transport, especially in Barcelona and Madrid. Foreign tourists are 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. You may wish to leave your passport and other valuables in a secure place and instead carry a photocopy of your document.

There are a wide variety of scams in operation, involving various forms of distraction to tourists while they are being pickpocketed. These distractions can be elaborate and involve accomplices. For example, an accomplice will “accidentally” dirty your clothing by spilling coffee or food on you to allow a seemingly helpful bystander to offer assistance in cleaning it while they pick the pockets of your clothing. Bags, wallets and purses are frequently stolen from restaurants, street side tables, and other crowded locations, such as beaches.

Thieves have been known to pose as police officers, asking to see wallets for identification purposes – if approached by someone claiming to be a police officer we recommend you show only your ID and not your wallet or other valuables. Thieves have also been known to target hotel rooms and safes.

Thieves are known to target motorists, especially in rental cars. Service stations are a popular area for thieves and they may try to convince you there is damage to the car, or in some cases, tourists have had their cars physically damaged e.g. punctured tyres – then had their belongings stolen whilst investigating. New Zealanders are advised to be wary of anyone who approaches or offers assistance and if you decide to stop and get out of the car to investigate, we advise you to lock all the doors and keep valuables in a safe place.

The New Zealand Embassy website provides advice on what to do if your New Zealand passport is lost or stolen.

Civil unrest
There have been large gatherings of people in Barcelona and other areas of the Catalonia region in relation to the political developments there. While these have been largely peaceful so far, there is a risk that they could possibly escalate and become violent. Further gatherings and demonstrations are likely to continue, with potential to disrupt traffic and travel, leading to delays and the cancellation of services. New Zealanders in Spain are advised to avoid all demonstrations and protests. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the media.

General travel advice
Carry your passport or some form of photo identification at all times.

The New Zealand Embassy website provides information on the assistance and guidance which can be provided to New Zealand citizens who are in serious distress.

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

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

If you enter Spain on a Spanish or other non-New Zealand passport, your access to consular assistance may be limited. Read our advice on dual citizenship here.

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The New Zealand Embassy Madrid, Spain

Street Address Calle del Pinar, 7, 3rd floor, 28006 Madrid, Spain Telephone +34 915 230 226 Fax +34 915 230 171 Email madrid@embajadanuevazelanda.com Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/spain Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1400, and 1500-1730, July and August: Mon-Fri 0830-1330 and 1400-1630

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Barcelona, Spain

Street Address Camelias, 32/Pasaje Camil Oliveras, Barcelona 08024 Telephone +34 93 209 5048 Email nzconsulatebcn@gmail.com Hours Monday – Thursday: 09:00-14:00 and 15:00-18:00, Friday: 09:00-15:00

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New Zealand Embassy Spain

Street Address
Calle del Pinar, 7, 3rd floor, 28006 Madrid, Spain

Telephone: +34 915 230 226

Fax: +34 915 230 171

Email: madrid@embajadanuevazelanda.com

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

Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1400, and 1500-1730, July and August: Mon-Fri 0830-1330 and 1400-1630

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