Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 20 December 2016, 13:54 NZDT
  • Still current at: 26 June 2017

Some Risk

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

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Terrorism
There is a threat of terrorism across Europe, including in Germany. This threat is heightened through the Christmas and New Year period.

Recent incidents include:
-       On 19 December 2016, a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin killing at least 9 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, including himself, and injuring a number of others.
-       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.

Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in Germany. 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. 

Crime
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. 

In January 2016, there were a series of incidents on New Year’s Eve in several major German cities, where women in particular were subject to robberies and sexual assault. Whilst there have been no further incidents of note, and authorities have increased security presence at public gatherings, women should exercise particular caution when attending large events. 

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 nzembber@infoem.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/germany Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300, 1400 - 1730 hrs (closes Fri 1630 hrs)

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 hamburg@nzte.govt.nz

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

Email: nzembber@infoem.org

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/germany

Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300, 1400 - 1730 hrs (closes Fri 1630 hrs)

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