Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 23 September 2016, 15:32 NZST
  • Still current at: 23 October 2017

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in Italy due to the threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

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Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in Italy and across Europe. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists, including plots that may involve foreign fighters returning to Italy and Europe from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The government of Italy currently assess the national security alert level at level 2, where level 3 is the highest level. This means that security forces have been put on heightened alert and security measures have been strengthened, including at borders, airports and transport hubs.

Italy also faces a threat from domestic terrorism. Left-wing and anarchist groups have conducted small scale bomb attacks in the past, mainly against Italian government targets. 

New Zealanders in Italy are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising a high degree of vigilance in public places.

Opportunistic petty crime like pickpocketing, bag snatching and passport theft is common in crowded and tourist areas, in larger cities and on public transport. Thieves often work in groups or pairs and may distract victims and rob them while their attention is diverted.

Travellers are often targeted on long distance and night trains and on or around public transport facilities including airports, railway stations and bus terminals. Theft from vehicles is also common, particularly from unattended vehicles but also at traffic lights, rest stops and service stations. 

New Zealanders are advised to be security conscious in public places and guard belongings carefully. Extra care should be taken to ensure food and drink is never left unattended. Victims of spiked drinks have been robbed and sometimes assaulted.

Civil unrest
Strikes and demonstrations occur frequently in Italy and can cause disruption to public transport including air, bus, rail and taxi services. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent. 

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Italy should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

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

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy

Street Address Via Clitunno, 44, 00198 Rome, Italy Telephone +39 06 853 7501 Fax +39 06 440 2984 Email Web Site Hours Mon- Fri 0830-1230 and 1330-1700

New Zealand Consulate-General Milan, Italy

Street Address Via Terraggio 17, Milan 20123, Italy Telephone +39 02 721 7001 Fax + 39 2 4801 2577 Email

See our regional advice for Europe

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New Zealand Embassy Italy

Street Address
Via Clitunno, 44, 00198 Rome, Italy

Telephone: +39 06 853 7501

Fax: +39 06 440 2984



Hours: Mon- Fri 0830-1230 and 1330-1700

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