On 22 May 2017, an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries.

We advise New Zealanders currently in Manchester to avoid the immediate vicinity and follow the advice provided by the Greater Manchester Police (external link).

Make sure you let your family and friends in New Zealand know that you are okay.

Following the attack, the United Kingdom’s MI5 security service has increased its threat level (external link) to its highest level of "critical".

This means the United Kingdom authorities assess that further attacks in the United Kingdom may be imminent.

New Zealanders in the United Kingdom are advised to be extra vigilant at this time, particularly in public places.

Follow any instructions issued by local authorities and keep yourselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources.

Due to the increase in the terror threat level, United Kingdom security personnel will have an increased presence in public places as a precautionary measure.

There are no changes to the United Kingdom travel advisory (external link) risk level. We continue to advise caution in the United Kingdom due to the threat of terrorism.