Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 1 August 2019, 09:13 NZST
  • Still current at: 29 February 2020

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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.

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

There is still a threat of terrorism in Germany as terrorist groups 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 conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The German authorities maintain increased security measures as a precaution around the country, including at public buildings, transport hubs, major events and large public gatherings. 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.

Violent crime is rare, but has occurred in larger cities around metropolitan subway systems and in train stations. Extremist individuals and youth groups have been known to racially harass and attack perceived foreigners in the past.

Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing occurs in Germany, particularly in and around major cities, tourist sites and transport hubs. 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 occasionally 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 Note For consular assistance in Switzerland, Telephone: +41 22 929 0350

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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