Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

ALERT - COVID-19: Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19: Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are....Read more

  • Reviewed: 17 March 2021, 09:02 NZDT
  • Still current at: 17 April 2021

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COVID-19

We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.

The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.

Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.

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United Kingdom

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

Since early 2017, separate attacks have taken place in the United Kingdom, causing multiple deaths and injuries.

On 29 November 2019, a stabbing attack took place near London Bridge killing two people and injuring three others.

On 14 August 2018, a vehicle drove into the barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring two people.

On 15 September 2017, there was an explosion at Parsons Green Underground Tube Station in London, causing a number of injuries.

On 3 June 2017, a terror attack 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, individuals returning to the United Kingdom and Europe from areas of conflict, and individuals adhering to various forms of extremist ideologies, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in the United Kingdom and across Europe. Groups adhering to various ideologies have conducted attacks in the past.

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 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.

There is also an enduring threat of Northern Ireland-related terrorism.

Northern Ireland
Although the political situation in Northern Ireland has improved since the 1998 peace agreement, incidents of violence 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 summer marching parades which occur during the period April to August, and particularly on and around 12 July, have the potential to turn violent. We recommend you avoid them.

Crime
Petty crime such as bag and mobile phone snatching, pickpocketing and mugging is common. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard their personal belongings. Knife-related crime is prevalent across the United Kingdom.

Only use licensed taxi or transport services. There have been reports of travellers being sexually assaulted and mugged in unlicensed taxis and minicabs. Transport for London maintains a website with additional information on how to travel safer within London.

Beware of ATM and credit card fraud. Avoid using ATMs that look temporary in structure or location, and only use ATMs in well-lit public areas or inside banks. Visit Action Fraud for more information about fraud and cybercrime in the United Kingdom.

Civil unrest
We recommend you avoid all protests and demonstrations as civil disorder can quickly escalate and result in property damage and violence. Keep aware of your surroundings and monitor media to keep up to date with any developments.

General travel advice
Immigration regulations are strictly enforced in the United Kingdom. For more information, see the official UK Visa and Immigration website.

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, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ, United Kingdom Telephone +44 20 7930 8422 Fax +44 20 7839 4580 Email enquiries@nzhc.uk Web Site https://www.mfat.govt.nz/de/countries-and-regions/europe/united-kingdom/new-zealand-high-commission/ Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1700 hrs

New Zealand Honorary 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 Honorary Consulate Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Postal Address 40 Torphichen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8JB, 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, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 20 7930 8422

Fax: +44 20 7839 4580

Email: enquiries@nzhc.uk

Website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/de/countries-and-regions/europe/united-kingdom/new-zealand-high-commission/

Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1700 hrs

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