Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

United States of America

  • Reviewed: 22 March 2017, 16:09 NZDT
  • Still current at: 30 April 2017

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in the United States due to the threat from terrorism and we advise caution.

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Terrorism
The United States Department of Homeland Security provides information about credible or specific terrorism threats. For current alerts, see the National Terrorism Advisory System page.

The United States remains a likely target for terrorist activity by domestic-based extremists and internationally-trained individuals and groups, and we continue to receive reports that terrorist groups are planning attacks against the United States. Terrorist attacks have occurred in the United States in recent years and a significant number of terror plots have been disrupted.  

On 17 September 2016, an explosion occurred in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York City causing a number of injuries. Local authorities have made an arrest in relation to this incident. 

New Zealanders in the United States are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. Follow any instructions issued by the local authorities and be aware of your surroundings in public places such as shopping malls, markets, monuments, tourist destinations, demonstrations, large gatherings and on public transport. There is the potential for attacks to be conducted with the intention of targeting the general public. 

Crime
There is a higher incidence of violent crime and firearm possession than in New Zealand, however crime rates vary considerably across cities and suburbs and incidents rarely involve tourists. 

New Zealanders should take care when travelling in unfamiliar areas. Research your destination before travelling and seek local advice if you are concerned about levels of criminal activity. 

Civil Unrest
We recommend you avoid all protests and demonstrations as on occasion civil disorder can result. 

General travel advice
Travellers from New Zealand to the United States should allow three hours when transiting from an international flight to a domestic flight due to increased security checks. The Transport Security Administration website provides guidance for airline passengers travelling to the United States. 

Travellers carrying electronic devices, such as laptops and mobile phones, should be aware that these devices may be subject to security checks by United States border authorities.

Travellers to the United States, particularly those on flights originating from the Middle East or North Africa, should be aware of restrictions on the carriage of electronic devices and are advised to contact their airline directly to check whether any restrictions apply on their flight to the United States.

Immigration regulations are strictly enforced.  Overstaying can result in detention then deportation. See our United States travel tips

New Zealanders travelling or resident in the United States should have comprehensive travel and medical insurance policies in place. Medical costs in the United States are extremely high and the New Zealand government cannot assist with medical expenses.  

New Zealanders in the United States are encouraged to register their travel with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Washington DC, United States of America

Street Address 37 Observatory Circle NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States of America Telephone Telephone +1 202 328 4800 Fax Facsimile +1 202 667 5227 Email Email info@nzemb.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/usa Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1230, 1330 -1700 hrs; Visa applications Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230 hrs

The New Zealand Consulate-General Los Angeles, United States of America

Street Address Suite 600E, 2425 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404, United States of America Telephone +1 310 566 6555 Fax +1 310 566 6556 Email nzcg.la@verizon.net Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/usa-los-angeles Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1300, 1330 - 1630 hrs Visa Section Mon - Fri 0900 -1230 hrs

New Zealand Consulate-General Honolulu, United States of America

Street Address 733 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 Postal Address PO Box 247, Honolulu, HI 96813, United States of America Telephone +1 808 675 5555 Fax +1 808 675 5561 Email HLUEnquiries@mfat.govt.nz

New Zealand Consulate-General New York, United States of America

Street Address 41st Floor, 295 Madison Ave, New York, 10017, United States of America Telephone +1 212 832 4038 Fax +1 212 832 7602 Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230 hrs for consular calls

New Zealand Consulate Atlanta, United States of America

Street Address 513 Seminole Avenue, NE Atlanta Georgia 30307, United States of America Telephone +1 404 745 4551 Fax +1 404 525 2495 Email newzealand@mindspring.com

New Zealand Consulate Boston, United States of America

Street Address PretiFlaherty 57 North Main Street, Concord NH 033021 - 1318, United States of America Postal Address PO Box 1318, Concord NH 033021 - 1318, United States of America Telephone +1 603 225 8228 Fax +1 603 226 2637 Email nzconsulate@preti.com

New Zealand Consulate Chicago, United States of America

Street Address 6400 Shafer Court (Suite 275), Rosemount, IL 60018-4925 Telephone +1 773 714 8669 Fax +1 773 714 9483 Email eaburkhardt@railworld-inc.com

New Zealand Consulate Houston, United States of America

Street Address 246 Warrenton Drive, Houston, TX77024 - 6626, United States of America Telephone +1 713 973 8680 Fax +1 713 973 6679 Email kkelly@nzhouston.com

New Zealand Consulate Oregon, United States of America

Street Address 500 NW Hilltop Road, Portland, Oregon 97210, United States of America Telephone +1 503 803 7129 Mobile (503) 803 8003 Email cjs@theswindells.org

New Zealand Consulate Sacramento, United States of America

Street Address 44733 North El Macero Drive, El Macero, CA 95618 - 1066, United States of America Postal Address PO Box 3005, CA 95618 - 1066, United States of America Telephone +1 530 756 8013 Fax +1 530 756 7032 Email starrned@msn.com

New Zealand Consulate Salt Lake City, United States of America

Street Address 1655 Linden Lane, Bountiful, Utah, UT 84010, United States of America Telephone +1 801 237 2664 (Direct), +1 801 296 2494 (Voicemail), (no fax) Email Iain.mckay1@hotmail.com

New Zealand Consulate San Diego, United States of America

Street Address c/- Finistere Partners, LLC, 12555 High Bluff Dr, Suite 175, San Diego, CA 92103, United States of America Telephone +1 858 552 8454 Fax +1 858 552 8465 Email rob@finistere.com

New Zealand Consulate San Francisco (Northern California), United States of America

Postal Address PO Box 1276, Burlingham, CA 94011- 1276, United States of America Telephone +1 (650) 342-4443 Fax +1 (650) 762-7001 Email NewZealandHCSF@gmail.com

New Zealand Consulate Seattle, United States of America

Street Address 10649 North Beach Road, Bow, WA 98232, United States of America Telephone +1 360 766 8002 Fax +1 360 766 6791 Email ambnew@email.msn.com

New Zealand Consulate Vermont, United States of America

Street Address 211 Ordway Shore Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482, United States of America Telephone +1 (802) 489 5677 Email georgeburrill@me.com

See our regional advice for North America

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New Zealand Embassy United States of America

Street Address
37 Observatory Circle NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States of America

Telephone: Telephone +1 202 328 4800

Fax: Facsimile +1 202 667 5227

Email: Email info@nzemb.org

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

Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1230, 1330 -1700 hrs; Visa applications Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230 hrs

New Zealand Consulate-General United States of America

Street Address
Suite 600E, 2425 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404, United States of America

Telephone: +1 310 566 6555

Fax: +1 310 566 6556

Email: nzcg.la@verizon.net

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/usa-los-angeles

Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1300, 1330 - 1630 hrs Visa Section Mon - Fri 0900 -1230 hrs

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