Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 2 October 2017, 15:40 NZDT
  • Still current at: 23 October 2017

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in France due to the ongoing threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

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Terrorism
There is a heightened threat of terrorism throughout France with a number of attacks in the recent past:
-       On 1 October 2017, two women were killed in a knife attack at Marseille’s Saint Charles train station, before the attacker was killed by security forces.
-       On 20 April 2017, a man killed a police officer and injured two other officers in a shooting near the Champs-Élysées before being killed by security forces.
-       On 3 February 2017, a man attacked a military patrol at the Louvre Museum shopping mall in Paris, injuring a French soldier.
-       On 26 July 2016, two attackers stormed a church in Rouen, killing one person and injuring another.
-       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.

The French authorities declared a state of emergency following the 13 November 2015 attacks to allow for additional security measures to be implemented. The state of emergency remains in force. Tightened border controls are in place. Public gatherings and access to 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 events and transport hubs. Further violent incidents are possible.   

Terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq continue to plan attacks against the West and domestic threats also remain. Some plots are likely to involve foreign fighters returning to France and Europe from conflicts in Syria and Iraq. French authorities continue to make arrests of terrorism suspects and have recommended heightened vigilance due to the ongoing risk. 

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.   

The French government has created a free smartphone app called SAIP (Système d’alerte et d’information des populations) that sends warnings and advice to users in the event of a terrorist attack or other disaster. It is available in English and French, and can be downloaded by searching ‘SAIP’ in Android or Apple app stores. We recommend that all New Zealanders travelling in France download the SAIP app.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur frequently in France. New Zealanders are advised to follow any advice issued by the local authorities and avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they can occasionally turn violent.   

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.  

We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and to never leave belongings unattended, even for brief periods. 

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in France should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place. 

New Zealanders in France are encouraged to register their 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 24 hours / 7 days phone (in France) 01 45 01 43 43 (from abroad) +33 1 45 01 43 43 Fax +33 1 45 01 43 44 Email embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com Web Site www.mfat.govt.nz/france Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1300

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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: 24 hours / 7 days phone (in France) 01 45 01 43 43 (from abroad) +33 1 45 01 43 43

Fax: +33 1 45 01 43 44

Email: embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com

Website: www.mfat.govt.nz/france

Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1300

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