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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 suffered terrorist attacks in the past and a number of terror plots have been disrupted in recent years.  Terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq continue to plan attacks against the West and domestic threats also remain.  Some 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.

On 26 June 2015, an attack in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, resulted in the death of one person and a small explosion which injured several others. French authorities are treating the incident as terrorism-related. Between 7 and 9 January 2015, a series of shootings occurred in Paris, which resulted in the deaths of 20 people, including three gunmen. Following these incidents, French authorities raised the terrorism threat level for the Paris area to the highest level. There may be a heightened security presence and security measures in some public places. 

Small-scale 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 to stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media. Previous terrorist incidents have targeted public transport and popular tourist sites and shopping areas.

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 details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Street Address 103, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France Telephone +33 1 45 01 43 43 Emergency Telephone 24 hours / 7 days phone (in France) 01 45 01 43 43 (from abroad) +33 1 45 01 43 43 Fax +33 1 45 01 43 44 Email embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com Web Site http://www.nzembassy.com/france Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1300

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

Telephone: +33 1 45 01 43 43

Emergency Telephone: 24 hours / 7 days phone (in France) 01 45 01 43 43 (from abroad) +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: Mon-Fri 0900-1300

Telephone: +33 1 45 01 43 43

Emergency Telephone: 24 hours / 7 days phone (in France) 01 45 01 43 43 (from abroad) +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