Before you head to Europe there are some useful things to know about visas, safe travel, currency, internet and more.
Visas for New Zealanders
New Zealand citizens intending to travel to the United Kingdom, France or Belgium for tourism-related purposes do not require a visa in advance. Provided New Zealanders can show proof of sufficient funds to support themselves and onward travel booking, they will usually be granted entry to the United Kingdom for up to six months and entry to France and Belgium for up to three months.
Embassies and consulates
New Zealand has the following embassies and High Commissions situated in:
- Brussels, Belgium
- Paris, France
- London, England
It’s a good idea to visit Safe Travel before your departure, and register your travel plans.
The currency in the United Kingdom is the British Pound. France and Belgium use the Euro.
Bank Cards and ATMs
ATMs are almost everywhere in cities and towns throughout the United Kingdom, France and Belgium.
You can use your major credit cards to pay for most things including accommodation, rental vehicles, airline tickets, shopping purchases and restaurant bills. If you make a booking online with your credit card, some travel services such as airlines, trains, hotel or rental agencies require you to provide the exact same card upon arrival. Remember to alert your bank in advance of your travel plans to avoid them cancelling your credit card.
Depending on your mobile service provider and what type of plan you are on, your phone should work in Europe and the United Kingdom. Extra charges will apply as international roaming rates are applicable. One option for travellers who are spending a lot of time in one country can be to purchase a SIM card from a local mobile company. This can help to keep costs down.
Internet access and Wi-Fi is almost everywhere in towns and cities around the United Kingdom and Europe. Most hotels and accommodation provide Wi-Fi either for free or at reasonable rates, and many museums, cafés, bars and restaurants do the same. Look out for free Wi-Fi hotspots. If you don’t have your own device to connect to the internet, there are still many internet cafés available.