Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 21 May 2018, 16:45 NZST
  • Still current at: 12 December 2018

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in Germany due to the ongoing threat of terrorism. 

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There is a threat of terrorism across Europe, including in Germany.

Recent incidents include:

-        On 19 December 2016, a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin killing 12 people and injuring many others.

-       On 24 July 2016, an explosion in Ansbach killed the attacker and injured 12 others.

-       On 22 July 2016, a lone gunman attacked the Olympia shopping centre in Munich killing ten people.

-       On 18 July 2016, a man armed with an axe and knife injured five people on a train travelling between the towns of Treuchtlingen and Wurzburg.

There is still a threat of terrorism in Germany as terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to view Western Europe as an attractive target. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists, including plots that may involve foreign fighters returning to Germany and Europe from the conficts in Syria and Iraq.

The German authorities maintain increased security measures as a precaution around the country, including at public buildings and transport hubs. German police continue to monitor a number of individuals suspected of involvement in terrorist-related activity and have disrupted a number of terror plots.

New Zealanders in Germany are advised to be vigilant and 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 heightened degree of vigilance in public places.

Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing occurs in Germany, particularly in and around major cities and tourist sites. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and guard belongings carefully.

Incidents of 'drink spiking' at popular night clubs and markets, leading to sexual assault, have been reported.  Travellers are advised to exercise particular caution when attending large events, and to pay attention to their personal security in public places, particularly at night.

Civil unrest
Public demonstrations, protests and rallies occur in Germany. New Zealanders are advised to follow any advice issued by the local authorities and avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent.

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

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

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany

Street Address Atrium, Friedrichstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany Telephone +49 30 206 210 Fax +49 30 206 21114 Email Web Site Hours Mon - Fri 09.30 - 1300, 1400 - 1600

New Zealand Consulate-General Hamburg, Germany

Street Address Zurich-Haus, Domstrasse 19, 20095 Hamburg, Germany Telephone +49 40 442 5550 Fax +49 40 4425 5549 Email

See our regional advice for Europe

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New Zealand Embassy Germany

Street Address
Atrium, Friedrichstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 30 206 210

Fax: +49 30 206 21114



Hours: Mon - Fri 09.30 - 1300, 1400 - 1600

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