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Reviewed: 5 December 2011, 11:30 NZDT
Still current at: 26 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in Italy due to the threat from terrorism and we advise caution.
Italy shares with the rest of Europe a threat from terrorism. In December 2010, parcel bombs exploded at the Swiss and Chilean Embassies in Rome. A further parcel bomb was disarmed by police at the Greek Embassy.
New Zealanders in Italy are advised to stay informed of potential threats to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend New Zealanders exercise a high degree of security awareness and follow any instructions issued by the Italian authorities.
Strikes and demonstrations occur frequently in Italy and can cause disruption to public transport including air, shipping, rail and taxi services. On 15 October 2011, a large demonstration took place in Rome where over 100 people were injured. On 14 December 2010, police and protesters clashed in Rome leading to a number of injuries and damage to property.
New Zealanders are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent.
Opportunistic petty crime like pickpocketing, bag snatching and passport theft is common in tourist areas and on public transport. 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.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Italy should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Italy are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street address: Via Clitunno, 44, 00198 Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 853 7501
Facsimile: + 39 06 440 2984
Office hours: Mon – Fri 0830-1230hrs, 1330-1700hrs
Contact details are
Street address: Via Terraggio 17, Milan 20123, Italy
Telephone: +39 02 721 7001
Facsimile: + 39 2 4801 2577