Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

  • Reviewed: 9 April 2021, 14:02 NZST
  • Still current at: 31 July 2021

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COVID-19

We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.

The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.

Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.

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France

Terrorism
A heightened threat of terrorism remains throughout France, with a number of serious and particularly violent attacks in the recent past:

-    On 29 October 2020, an individual killed three people in a knife attack in Notre Dame Basilica in Nice.
-    On 25 September 2020, an individual seriously injured four people in a knife attack outside the former Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters.
-    On 4 April 2020, an individual carried out a knife attack in Romans-sur-Isère, killing two people and injuring five others.
-    On 24 May 2019, three people were arrested after the explosion of a package bomb in a shopping area of Lyon, injuring 13 people.
-    On 11 December 2018, an individual carried out an attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, killing 3 people and injuring 12 others.
-    On 14 July 2016, a truck drove into a large crowd at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice killing 86 people and injuring 434 others.
-    On 13 November 2015, coordinated attacks took place across six different locations in Paris, killing 130 people and injuring over 350 others.

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 France and across Europe. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists.  Groups adhering to various ideologies have conducted attacks in the past. French authorities continue to make arrests of terrorism suspects and recommend heightened vigilance due to the ongoing risk.

Additional security measures and tighter border controls are now the norm, particularly in popular tourist areas and transport hubs. Public gatherings and access to tourist sites are subject to security controls.

New Zealanders in France 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 exercise a high degree of vigilance in public places, including at tourist sites, restaurants, bars, shopping areas, sporting and cultural events and transport hubs.   

Small-scale attacks by a local independence movement in Corsica cannot be discounted.  While government buildings are usually the target of these attacks, there is the potential for foreigners to be incidentally harmed.  

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur frequently in France and often impact on transport hubs and networks which may affect travel plans. New Zealanders are advised to follow any advice issued by the local authorities and avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they can turn violent with little warning.  

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing is common in France, particularly in and around major cities and tourist sites, airports and railway stations, hotel lobbies, public areas, and on public transport.  Thieves of all age groups often work together and may distract victims and rob them while their attention is diverted.

While violent crime towards foreigners is not common, foreigners may be the targets of opportunistic crime, such as robbery, pickpocketing and assault. Travellers are frequently targeted on the RER-B suburban trains to/from Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, at the Paris Gare du Nord Eurostar/Thalys train station, and on Line 1 of the Paris metro.

We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and to never leave belongings unattended, even for brief periods. Theft from vehicles is also common, particularly unattended vehicles, but also at traffic lights, and rest stops and service stations on highways.

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

You must be able to prove your identity either by showing a valid document (e.g. passport) when asked by an officer of the law or within 4 hours at a police station.

It is illegal to fully cover your face in public places in France, and failure to comply could result in a large fine or detainment. There is no exemption for tourists or for religious reasons. Protective facemasks required for health reasons (e.g. Covid-19) are not considered full face covers.

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

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Paris, France

Street Address 103, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France Telephone +33 1 45 01 43 43 Emergency Telephone In France: 01 45 01 43 43, from abroad: +33 1 45 01 43 43 Email embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com Web Site https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/europe/france/new-zealand-embassy/ Hours Mon 10:30-13:00, 14:00-17:00, Tues-Fri 09:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00

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New Zealand Embassy France

Street Address
103, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Telephone: +33 1 45 01 43 43

Emergency Telephone: In France: 01 45 01 43 43, from abroad: +33 1 45 01 43 43

Email: embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com

Website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/europe/france/new-zealand-embassy/

Hours: Mon 10:30-13:00, 14:00-17:00, Tues-Fri 09:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00

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