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, 14:30 NZDT
  • Still current at: 9 April 2020

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United Kingdom.

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 heightened threat of terrorism across Europe, including in the United Kingdom.

Since early 2017, separate attacks have taken place in the United Kingdom, causing multiple deaths and injuries.

On 2 February 2020, a terror incident took place in Streatham, London when a man stabbed and injured two people, and a third person was injured by glass when the man was shot by Police.   

On 29 November 2019, a stabbing attack took place near London Bridge killing two people and injuring three others.

On 14 August 2018, a vehicle drove into the barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring two people.

On 15 September 2017, there was an explosion at Parsons Green Underground Tube Station in London, causing a number of injuries.

On 3 June 2017, a terror attack took place on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market killing seven people and injuring a number of others.

On 22 May 2017, an attack at a music concert held at the Manchester Arena killed 22 people with over 100 others injured.

On 22 March 2017, an attacker drove a vehicle through pedestrians before stabbing a police officer near the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, also killing three people and injuring a number of others.

Terrorist groups continue to make threats to conduct attacks in the United Kingdom and across Europe. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists, including plots that may involve foreign fighters returning to the United Kingdom and Europe from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

New Zealanders in the United Kingdom are advised to be vigilant, particularly in public places. Follow any instructions issued by local authorities and stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. United Kingdom security personnel maintain an increased presence in public places as a precautionary measure.

New Zealanders in the United Kingdom are advised to take account of the terror threat level assigned by the United Kingdom Security Service when making travel decisions.

There is also an enduring threat of Northern Ireland-related terrorism.

Northern Ireland
Although the political situation in Northern Ireland has improved since the 1998 peace agreement, incidents of violence continue to occur. Attacks primarily target Northern Ireland security forces, but banks and other commercial entities have also been targeted in the past.

The annual summer marching parades which occur during the period April to August, and particularly on and around 12 July, have the potential to turn violent. We recommend you avoid them.

Crime
Petty crime such as bag and mobile phone snatching, pickpocketing and mugging is common. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard their personal belongings. Knife-related crime is increasing, and there have been reports of acid attacks across the United Kingdom.

Only use licensed taxi or transport services. There have been reports of travellers being sexually assaulted and mugged in unlicensed taxis and minicabs. Transport for London maintains a website with additional information on how to travel safer within London.

Beware of ATM and credit card fraud. Avoid using ATMs that look temporary in structure or location, and only use ATMs in well-lit public areas or inside banks. Visit Action Fraud for more information about fraud and cybercrime in the United Kingdom.

Civil unrest
We recommend you avoid all protests and demonstrations as civil disorder can quickly escalate and result in property damage and violence. Keep aware of your surroundings and monitor media to keep up to date with any developments.

General travel advice
Immigration regulations are strictly enforced in the United Kingdom. For more information, see the official UK Visa and Immigration website.

New Zealanders travelling or living in the United Kingdom should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

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

Travel tips


The New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom

Street Address New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ, United Kingdom Telephone +44 20 7930 8422 Fax +44 20 7839 4580 Email enquiries@newzealandhc.org.uk Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/united-kingdom Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1700 hrs

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Belfast, United Kingdom

Postal Address 57 Park Road, Belfast, BT7 2FX, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Telephone +44 (0) 7713 514 879 Email nzconsulbelfast@gmail.com

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Postal Address 40 Torphichen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8JB, United Kingdom Telephone +44 (0)131 222 8109 Email nzconsulscotland@gmail.com

See our regional advice for Europe

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New Zealand High Commission United Kingdom

Street Address
New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 20 7930 8422

Fax: +44 20 7839 4580

Email: enquiries@newzealandhc.org.uk

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/united-kingdom

Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1700 hrs

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