Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 17 July 2018, 16:40 NZST
  • Still current at: 22 October 2018

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in Sweden due to the threat of terrorism.

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Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, have made threats to conduct attacks in Sweden and across Europe. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists, including plots that may involve foreign fighters returning to Sweden and other countries in Europe from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The potential for terrorist attacks still remains – they could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners.

On 7 April 2017, a man drove a truck into pedestrians before crashing into a department store in central Stockholmkilling 4 people and injuring 15 others.

The Swedish Security Service maintain a national terrorism threat level for Sweden. The Swedish authorities currently assess the threat level as “elevated” (Level 3 out of 5). There may be increased security measures in some public places, such as at airports and railway stations.

New Zealanders in Sweden 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.

Sweden has a low level of crime, but petty crime is increasingly common including pickpocketing and bag snatching. Incidents of more violent organised crime have been reported in larger cities. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings, particularly passports, money and credit cards.

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

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

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Brussels, Belgium is accredited to Sweden

Street Address Avenue des Nerviens 9/31, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium. Telephone +32 2 512 1040 Fax +32 2 513 4856 Email Web Site Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1300 hrs, 1400-1700 hrs

See our regional advice for Europe

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Belgium

Street Address
Avenue des Nerviens 9/31, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium.

Telephone: +32 2 512 1040

Fax: +32 2 513 4856



Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1300 hrs, 1400-1700 hrs

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