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New Zealand Government advice for France

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When travelling to France, you should always get travel insurance in case the worst happens. To help you ensure you travel safely, we have included the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for France.

There is some risk to your security in France due to the ongoing threat from terrorism and we advise caution.

Terrorism
France has in the past suffered terrorist attacks and a significant number of terror plots have been disrupted in recent years.  Terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq continue to plan attacks against the West.  Some of these plots are likely to involve foreign fighters returning to France and Europe from conflicts in these countries.  French authorities continue to make arrests of terrorism suspects and have recommended heightened vigilance due to the ongoing risk.

In March 2012, a shooting attack resulted in the deaths of several people in Toulouse and Mountauban.  Attacks by a local independence movement occasionally occur in Corsica, and the potential for further attacks there cannot be discounted.  While government buildings are usually the target of these attacks, there is the potential for foreigners to be incidentally harmed.

New Zealanders in France, as in the rest of Europe, are advised to be security- conscious at all times, particularly in public places, and stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media.  We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities. 

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur frequently in France.  New Zealanders are advised to follow any advice issued by the local authorities and avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they can occasionally turn violent.

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing is common in France, particularly in and around major cities and tourist sites, airports and railway stations, hotel lobbies, public areas, and on public transport.  We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and to never leave belongings unattended, even for brief periods.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in France should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

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

Contact details are

Street Address 103, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France Telephone +33 1 45 01 43 43 Facsimile +33 1 45 01 43 44 Email embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com  Website New Zealand Embassy Paris Office Hours Mon - Fri 09:00 - 13:00, 14:00 -17:00 Reception Hours Mon - Fri 09:00 - 13:00 Consular emergencies 24 hours / 7 days phone (in France) 01 45 01 43 43 (from abroad) +33 1 45 01 43 43

See our regional advice for Europe

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Street Address
103, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Telephone: +33 1 45 01 43 43

Fax: +33 1 45 01 43 44

Email: embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com

Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/france

Hours: Hours Mon - Fri 09:00 - 13:00, 14:00 -17:00 Reception Hours Mon - Fri 09:00 - 13:00 Consular emergencies 24 hours / 7 days phone (in France) 01 45 01 43 43 (from abroad) +33 1 45 01 43 43

Telephone: +33 1 45 01 43 43

Fax: +33 1 45 01 43 44

Email: embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com

Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/france