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Reviewed: 25 May 2012, 15:40 NZDT
Still current at: 22 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in Spain due to the threat from terrorism and we advise caution.
The Spanish Government’s threat alert level indicates a ‘probable risk’ of terrorist attack. Potential targets include places frequented by expatriates and tourists and public transport facilities.
Although the Basque terrorist organisation ETA announced a ‘definitive cessation of armed activity’ in October 2011, and has not mounted any attacks since 2009, the group remains armed and has broken ceasefire agreements previously.
New Zealanders in Spain, as in the rest of Europe, are advised to be security conscious at all times, particularly in public places, and stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities.
Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing is common in Spain, particularly in tourist areas and on public transport. This crime is mainly opportunistic in nature. Thieves will often try to distract tourists while they are being pickpocketed and 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 are also known to target motorists and may try to convince you there is a problem with your vehicle – stealing your valuables while you are investigating. We advise New Zealanders in Spain to maintain a high level of personal security awareness and take steps to safeguard and secure personal belongings at all times.
Demonstrations, protests and strikes occur from time to time in Spain and can disrupt traffic and travel, leading to delays and the cancellation of services. New Zealanders in Spain are advised to avoid all demonstrations and protests as they have the potential to turn violent.
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Spain should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place.
New Zealanders in Spain are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street Address Pinar 7 3rd floor, 28006 Madrid, Spain
Telephone +34 915 230 226 Facsimile +34 915 230 171
Website New Zealand Embassy Madrid [external link]
Office Hours Sept to June Mon-Fri 0900-1400, 1500-17.30hrs July to Aug Mon-Fri 0830-1300, 1330-1630hrs
Contact details are
Street Address: 2nd Floor, Travesera de Gracia 64, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 93 209 0399 Facsimile: +34 93 202 0890