Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 24 August 2023, 08:39 NZST
  • Still current at: 19 April 2024

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If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in Denmark due to the threat of terrorism (level 2 of 4).

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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 Denmark and across Europe. Groups adhering to various ideologies have conducted attacks in the past and the Danish authorities have successfully disrupted a number of planned attacks. Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Denmark, they could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners.

Since the beginning of 2023, there's been an increase in public burnings of the Qu’ran, which has led to a deterioration in the security situation in Denmark. The Danish Security and Intelligence Service maintains a national terrorism threat level for Denmark.

New Zealanders in Denmark 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 large public gatherings, tourist sites and transport hubs including airports and railway stations.

Petty crime such as professional pickpocketing and bag snatching, occurs in Denmark. Thieves often operate around hotel lobbies, cafes, restaurants, tourist areas, train stations and airports, as well as on public transport. Thieves may work together and may distract victims and rob them while their attention is diverted. There is also some gang-related crime in Copenhagen, particularly in Christiania and Nørrebro. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. 

Clashes between law enforcement authorities and organized crime have occurred in Christiania. Do not take photos in Christiania, there is a strict ‘no photography’ policy there and travellers have been assaulted and robbed for taking photographs.

Civil Unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur from time to time in Denmark. New Zealanders in Denmark are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little warning. 

Arctic Travel
The Arctic is a vast and remote region. You should be aware that access to search and rescue, evacuation and medical facilities may be limited due to the nature of the climate and the remoteness of certain regions. Emergency assistance may be delayed and take several days. You should take this into consideration and plan accordingly. 

General Travel Advice
It is illegal to wear clothing which conceals the face while in a public place, you may be fined if you don’t comply.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs include heavy fines, imprisonment or immediate deportation.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Denmark should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. 

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

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Stockholm, Sweden is accredited to Denmark

Street Address 6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden Postal Address New Zealand Embassy, 6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden Telephone +46 8 400 172 70 Emergency Telephone +64 99 20 20 20 (New Zealand) Email Web Site Hours Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm. Visitors to the embassy are by appointment only.

See our regional advice for Europe

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Sweden

Street Address
6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden

Telephone: +46 8 400 172 70

Emergency Telephone: +64 99 20 20 20 (New Zealand)



Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm. Visitors to the embassy are by appointment only.

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