- Reviewed: 1 October 2018, 12:45 NZDT
- Still current at: 20 October 2019
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Exercise increased caution
Exercise increased caution in the United Kingdom due to the threat of terrorism and crime.View Larger Map Close/Open map
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 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 continue to make threats to conduct attacks in the United Kingdom and across Europe. 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.
On 15 September 2018, the United Kingdom authorities assessed the threat level as ‘severe’ (level four on a five level scale). This means the United Kingdom authorities assess the likelihood of a terrorist attack as “highly likely” although there is no specific intelligence to suggest that one is imminent. 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.
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.
Petty crime such as bag 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 increasing, and there have been reports of acid attacks across the United Kingdom.
Only use licensed taxi or transport services. There have been reports of travellers being 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 cyber crime in the United Kingdom.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/united-kingdom 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
See our regional advice for Europe
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New Zealand High Commission United Kingdom
New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7930 8422
Fax: +44 20 7839 4580
Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1700 hrs