Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 25 January 2019, 11:20 NZDT
  • Still current at: 29 February 2020

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Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Switzerland.

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There is an underlying threat of terrorism in Switzerland. Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in Europe. 

New Zealanders in Switzerland are advised to 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 vigilance in public places.

Petty crime such as bag snatching and pickpocketing occurs in Switzerland with reports increasing, especially in larger cities, in tourist areas, at airports and on public transport. Petty crime mainly occurs at railway stations and on trains. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur occasionally in Switzerland and may disrupt local public services and transport. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little warning.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Switzerland should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place. You should check your policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend undertaking in Switzerland, such as adventure sports.

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

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The New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany is accredited to Switzerland

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 Geneva, Switzerland

Street Address 2 Chemin des Fins, Grand Sacconex, Geneva, Switzerland Postal Address P O Box 334, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland Telephone +41 22 929 0350 Fax +41 22 929 0377 Email Hours Mon - Fri 0930 1130 hrs

See our regional advice for Europe

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Accredited 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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