Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 5 June 2017, 11:25 NZST
  • Still current at: 26 June 2017

Some Risk

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

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Terrorism
There is a heightened threat of terrorism across Europe, including in the United Kingdom.

On 3 June 2017, a terror atttack took place on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market killing seven people and injuring a number of others.

On 22 May 2017, an attack at a music concert held at the Manchester Arena killed 22 people with over 100 others injured.

On 22 March 2017, an attacker drove a vehicle through pedestrians before stabbing a police officer near the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, also killing three people and injuring a number of others.

Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in the United Kingdom. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists, including plots that may involve foreign fighters returning to the United Kingdom and Europe from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

New Zealanders in the United Kingdom are advised to be vigilant, particularly in public places. Follow any instructions issued by local authorities and stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. United Kingdom security personnel maintain an increased presence in public places as a precautionary measure.

New Zealanders travelling and resident in the United Kingdom are advised to take account of the terror threat level assigned by the United Kingdom Security Service when making travel decisions. The United Kingdom authorities currently assess the threat level as ’severe’ (level four on a five level scale). This means United Kingdom authorities assess the likelihood of a terrorist attack in the UK as “highly likely”, although there is no specific intelligence to suggest that one is imminent. 

There is also an enduring terrorist threat from dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland
The political situation in Northern Ireland has improved since the 1998 peace agreement, however, incidents of religious violence and dissident republican activity continue to occur. Attacks primarily target Northern Ireland security forces, but banks and other commercial entities have also been targeted in the past.

The annual parades which occur during the period April to August, and particularly leading up to 12 July, have the potential to turn violent and we recommend you avoid them.

Civil unrest
We recommend you avoid all protests and demonstrations as civil disorder can quickly escalate and result in property damage and localised violence. Strikes occur from time to time in the United Kingdom and have the potential to disrupt traffic and travel.

General travel advice 
Immigration regulations are strictly enforced in the United Kingdom. For more information, see the New Zealand High Commission’s website.

Travellers to the United Kingdom, particularly those on flights originating from the Middle East or North Africa, should be aware of restrictions on the carriage of electronic devices and are advised to contact their airline directly to check whether any restrictions apply on their flight to the United Kingdom.

New Zealanders travelling or living in the United Kingdom should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

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

Travel tips


The New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom

Street Address New Zealand House, Second Floor, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ, United Kingdom Telephone +44 20 7930 8422 Fax +44 20 7839 4580 Email aboutnz@newzealandhc.org.uk Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/united-kingdom Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1700 hrs

New Zealand Consulate Belfast, United Kingdom

Postal Address 57 Park Road, Belfast, BT7 2FX, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Telephone +44 (0) 7713 514 879 Email nzconsulbelfast@gmail.com

New Zealand Consulate Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Postal Address c/o Blackadders Solicitors, 5 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2AX, United Kingdom Telephone +44 (0)131 222 8109 Email nzconsulscotland@gmail.com

See our regional advice for Europe

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New Zealand High Commission United Kingdom

Street Address
New Zealand House, Second Floor, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 20 7930 8422

Fax: +44 20 7839 4580

Email: aboutnz@newzealandhc.org.uk

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/united-kingdom

Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1700 hrs

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