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Travel Advisories

the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller advisory service

This advice has been reissued with information on the wildfires affecting the city of Fort McMurray in Alberta. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Canada.
Posted: May 6, 2016, 4:53 am
This advice has been reissued with minor amendments. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Malta.
Posted: May 6, 2016, 3:48 am
Due to significant protests affecting travel to and from the island of Chiloé, we advise Australians to take extra caution and follow advice of local authorities in the region of Los Lagos. Protestors have cut off access to and from the island and transport services have been disrupted. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Chile.
Posted: May 6, 2016, 3:28 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with no changes. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Swaziland.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 5:45 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with no changes. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Lesotho.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 5:35 am
Australian travellers (ages six and above) are required to scan their thumbprints each time they arrive and depart Singapore (see Entry and exit).The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Singapore.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 5:21 am
This advice has been reissued with minor editorial amendments. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Djibouti. Higher levels apply in some areas.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 5:14 am
This advice has been reissued with minor amendments. The level of the travel advice has not changed. We continue to strongly advise you not to travel to the Central African Republic.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 4:52 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in the Czech Republic.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:32 am
National elections will be held on 9 May. You should avoid all political rallies and protests in the period surrounding the election as they may turn violent without warning (see Safety and Security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 8:09 am
On 30 April 2016 protestors gained access to the International Zone (where the Embassy is located) and demonstrations occurred at the Parliament and Cabinet Office. While protestors left the International Zone on 1 May, further demonstrations may occur. You should monitor local media and avoid all protests and rallies as they can turn violent with little notice (see Safety and Security). We continue to advise against travel to all of Iraq, including Iraqi Kurdistan.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 7:54 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial changes. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Portugal.
Posted: May 3, 2016, 4:02 am
Australians who are planning to spend more than six months in the UK, or who are applying from within the UK to extend their stay, are now required to pay a £200 per annum Immigration Health Surcharge (Entry and exit). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the United Kingdom.
Posted: May 3, 2016, 3:27 am
The Government of Chad has extended until October 2016 a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Chad.
Posted: May 3, 2016, 12:59 am
We have raised the level for the city of Acapulco, including its tourist areas, following a spike in murders in recent months. It is now reconsider your need to travel (see Safety and Security). The overall level of advice for Mexico remains unchanged. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Mexico.
Posted: April 30, 2016, 8:14 am
Recent violence resulting in over 200 deaths in the Gambella Region reflects high regional tension (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Ethiopia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: April 28, 2016, 9:20 pm
On 27 April the US Government warned that it continues to receive threat reporting regarding possible terrorist attacks against various locations, including the Serena Hotel in Islamabad, Marriott hotels in Islamabad and Karachi, the Monal Restaurant in the Margalla Hills, and Kohsar Market in the F6 area of Islamabad. US officials in Islamabad and at the American Consulate in Karachi have been restricted from these areas at this time, which, in the case of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad includes the Aga Khan road immediately outside in front. In Karachi, employees are restricted from going to the Marriott and nearby locations on Abdullah Haroon Road such as the Sind Club. Australians should avoid or limit visits to these locations. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to strongly advise Australians to reconsider the need to travel to Pakistan.
Posted: April 28, 2016, 9:11 pm
The U.S. Embassy in Stockholm has advised its citizens that Swedish Police are actively investigating a potential terror threat against Sweden. You should exercise heightened vigilance in public places, including when using public transport. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Sweden.
Posted: April 28, 2016, 6:46 am
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is experiencing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with their doctor, as detailed knowledge concerning the level of transmission in PNG is unknown at this stage. Travellers should also consult their travel doctor or GP about implications and see our Zika virus bulletin. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in PNG. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: April 26, 2016, 7:02 am
This update has been reissued with minor editorial changes. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa.
Posted: April 26, 2016, 4:47 am
There was flooding in parts of the Northern and Central regions of Malawi in April 2016, resulting in damage to road networks in affected districts. Travellers should take care in these areas, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local news and weather forecasts when making travel plans (see Additional information).The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Malawi.
Posted: April 26, 2016, 4:43 am
This advice has been reissued with minor editorial amendments. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Angola. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: April 26, 2016, 1:28 am
Travellers should contact their airline or travel provider for latest information on flight disruptions following TC Amos. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Samoa.
Posted: April 24, 2016, 1:43 am
The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Egypt.
Posted: April 22, 2016, 9:45 pm
On 18 April 2016, an explosive device was detonated on a bus in south Jerusalem (see Safety and security). The overall level of advice for Israel remains at 'exercise a high degree of caution'. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: April 22, 2016, 9:36 pm
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial amendments. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Germany.
Posted: April 22, 2016, 3:59 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial amendments. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Mauritius.
Posted: April 22, 2016, 1:29 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued. The level of this advice has not changed. The ongoing political instability and dangerous security situation present a significant risk to foreigners in Yemen. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Yemen, including the island of Socotra.
Posted: April 22, 2016, 1:15 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Bahrain.
Posted: April 22, 2016, 12:29 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. The level of advice has not changed. You should exercise a high degree of caution in Bangladesh.
Posted: April 21, 2016, 11:56 pm
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Vanuatu.
Posted: April 21, 2016, 5:45 am
We have lowered the level of our advice for Amazonas, Bolivar, Boyacá¡, Caldas, Casanare, parts of Cesar, Córdoba, Huila, parts of La Guijira, Magdalena, Quindio, Santander, Sucre, Tolima, Vaupes and the Pan American Highway to exercise a high degree of caution. We have also lowered the level of our advice for the Departments of Antioquia, Arauca, Caquetá, Cauca, Guainía, Guaviare, Meta, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Valle de Cauca and Vichada to reconsider your need to travel. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Colombia overall.
Posted: April 21, 2016, 4:33 am
On 16 April 2016 at 1859 (local time), a 7.7 magnitude earthquake occurred on the coast of Ecuador, 173km WNW of Quito, at the depth of 10km. A number of fatalities and injuries have been reported. A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces. Ecuador's two largest airports at Quito and Guayaquil are operating. Travellers in affected areas should follow the instructions of local authorities. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Ecuador.
Posted: April 18, 2016, 12:26 am
Following large earthquakes on 14 and 16 April, the Prefecture of Kumamoto and neighbouring prefectures on the southern island of Kyushu have continued to experience a series of aftershocks. There has been localized damage and some fatalities in Kumamoto and surrounding prefectures. Services have been disrupted but are working. Australians should heed the advice of local authorities and keep informed of local conditions if they intend to remain in or visit the region. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Japan.
Posted: April 16, 2016, 12:40 am
Temporary border controls remain in place. You should ensure that you carry your passport when entering and exiting Denmark (see Entry and exit). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark.
Posted: April 15, 2016, 6:43 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Cyprus.
Posted: April 15, 2016, 6:13 am
This advice contains new information on security and safety in The Gambia. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in The Gambia.
Posted: April 15, 2016, 6:11 am
Trinidad and Tobago is experiencing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with their doctor, as detailed knowledge concerning the level of transmission in Trinidad and Tobago is unknown at this stage. Travellers should also consult their travel doctor or GP about implications, and see our Zika Virus Bulletin. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Trinidad and Tobago.
Posted: April 15, 2016, 5:50 am
This advice has been reissued with minor amendments following review. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Taiwan.
Posted: April 15, 2016, 5:48 am
Violent demonstrations continue in the capital Skopje. You should avoid all political rallies, demonstrations and large crowds as they may turn violent. Monitor local media for developments and follow the instructions of local authorities. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Posted: April 14, 2016, 10:27 am
This advice contains new details on Zika virus. Vietnam is experiencing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with their doctor, as detailed knowledge concerning the level of transmission in Vietnam is unknown at this stage. Travellers should also consult their travel doctor or GP about implications and see our Zika virus bulletin. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Vietnam.
Posted: April 13, 2016, 6:05 am
This advice contains new information on Zika virus. The State of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is experiencing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with their doctor, as detailed knowledge concerning the level of transmission in FSM is unknown at this stage. Travellers should also consult their travel doctor or GP about implications and see our Zika virus bulletin. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Posted: April 13, 2016, 5:57 am
This advice contains new information on local laws (Laws) and natural disasters (Additional information). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Qatar.
Posted: April 11, 2016, 1:57 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Ireland.
Posted: April 10, 2016, 11:30 pm
On 9 April, the US Embassy in Ankara advised US citizens of credible threats to tourist areas, in particular to public squares and docks in Istanbul and Antalya. You should exercise heightened caution in these areas and be vigilant to your personal safety and surroundings. We continue to receive information that indicates that terrorists may be planning attacks in Turkey which could take place at any time. We advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Ankara and Istanbul due to the high threat of terrorist attacks. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Turkey overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of Turkey.
Posted: April 9, 2016, 1:36 pm
This advice has been reviewed and reissued. Republic of the Marshall Islands is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Republic of the Marshall Islands or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Posted: April 8, 2016, 7:35 am
This advice contains new information on recent earthquakes. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in New Zealand.
Posted: April 8, 2016, 6:19 am
The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Myanmar overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: April 8, 2016, 12:15 am
Posted: April 7, 2016, 11:20 pm
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. We advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Fiji.
Posted: April 7, 2016, 5:21 am
Cuba is experiencing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Pregnant women should discuss carefully any travel plans with their doctor, as detailed knowledge concerning the level of transmission in Cuba is unknown at this stage. Travellers should also consult their travel doctor or GP about implications and see our Zika virus bulletin. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Cuba.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 5:09 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Namibia.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 4:36 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Zimbabwe.
Posted: April 5, 2016, 5:23 am
Since March 2016, there have been a number of shooting incidents directed at tourist buses travelling on routes 13 and 4 between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. These incidents have resulted in a number of deaths and injuries. We now advise you to reconsider your need to travel by road on these routes. There have also been a number of shootings and the detonation of improvised explosive devices in Xaisomboun Province resulting in a number of deaths and injuries (see Safety and security). We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Xaisomboun Province and be aware of the potential for attacks. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Laos overall.
Posted: April 5, 2016, 4:19 am
Australians are reminded to abide by all local laws, and to be aware that expatriates have recently been deported for violating local laws, including traffic infringements (see Laws). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Kuwait.
Posted: April 4, 2016, 6:38 am
Our Consulate in Sarajevo has moved to a new location. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Posted: April 4, 2016, 2:20 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued. There is a general threat from terrorism in Senegal, after recent attacks in Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Senegal.
Posted: April 2, 2016, 11:14 pm
The state of emergency in place in Tunisia has been extended by the Tunisian Government until 22 June 2016. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Tunisia because of the high threat of terrorist attack. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: April 1, 2016, 11:43 pm
On 22 March, terrorist attacks at Brussels airport and at Maalbeek metro station in the EU district of central Brussels killed 32 people and injured more than 300. Operations at Brussels airport remain severely disrupted and authorities have indicated they will remain so for some time. If you are scheduled to fly in or out of Brussels, you should contact your airline or travel agent for latest information on disruptions. Belgium's current National Terrorism Threat Level is Level 3 of 4, indicating that a serious and credible threat exists. Australians in Belgium should remain attentive to their surroundings, avoid affected areas and follow the instructions of local authorities. The level of advice has been lowered. We now advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Belgium.
Posted: March 30, 2016, 3:08 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued. We no longer advise you not to travel to Plateau state. We now advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Plateau state. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Nigeria overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: March 29, 2016, 12:17 am
The Indonesian Government has introduced visa-free short visits (30 days) for Australians (see Entry and exit). The overall level of advice has not changed. We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali.
Posted: March 24, 2016, 5:14 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Iceland.
Posted: March 24, 2016, 3:59 am
Australians in Burundi are required to register in a national census of foreign nationals between 4-15 April 2016 (see Entry and exit). If you are in Burundi, you should consider leaving if it is safe to do so. Monitor the local media and other sources for developments which may affect your safety. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Burundi.
Posted: March 24, 2016, 3:39 am
On 14 January the World Health Organization declared Liberia as Ebola-free, however recent deaths from the virus in Sierra Leone and Guinea (also declared Ebola-free) highlights the potential for flare-ups of the virus in the Ebola-affected countries. We urge you to continue to take precautions against contracting Ebola (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Liberia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: March 23, 2016, 7:17 am
This advice contains new contact details for the Australian Consulate in Kampala (see Where to get help). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Uganda overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: March 23, 2016, 7:03 am
The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Timor-Leste.
Posted: March 21, 2016, 10:09 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in New Caledonia.
Posted: March 21, 2016, 5:29 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial amendments. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precaution in the Cook Islands.
Posted: March 18, 2016, 3:27 am
Nationwide anti-government protests are currently being staged across Brazil. Whilst the protests have been mostly peaceful so far, future protests are unpredictable and could turn violent. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Brazil.
Posted: March 17, 2016, 9:55 pm
This advice has been reviewed and reissued. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Guam.
Posted: March 15, 2016, 5:26 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor amendments. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Algeria.
Posted: March 15, 2016, 3:47 am
On March 13 there were reports of an armed attack in the vicinity of Grand Bassam resort, near Abidjan. Travellers should follow the advice of local security authorities (see Safety and Security). The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Côte d'Ivoire overall. Higher levels apply in some regions.
Posted: March 13, 2016, 6:52 pm
Due to increasing political tensions, we now advise you to reconsider your need to travel by road on the EN1 between the Save River and Muxungue and from Gorongosa to Caia, and on the EN6 between Beira and Chimoio. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Mozambique overall.
Posted: March 11, 2016, 6:19 am
The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the UAE.
Posted: March 9, 2016, 1:31 pm
This advice has been revised and reissued. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Serbia.
Posted: March 8, 2016, 6:01 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Palau.
Posted: March 8, 2016, 1:16 am
This advice includes new information on sexual assaults against foreigners (see Crime) and volunteering (see Additional information). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Cambodia.
Posted: March 4, 2016, 7:20 am
A state of emergency will remain in place until 26 May 2016. You should remain vigilant, follow the instructions of local authorities and follow the media for latest information on security. The overall level of advice for France has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in France.
Posted: March 4, 2016, 2:41 am
If visiting Jordan, you may wish to contact your airline regarding your flights proposed flight path. Australian officials have been advised against travelling on flights that cross over Syrian airspace due to the conflict in Syria (see Airline Safety). We no longer advise you to reconsider travel to the Zaatari refugee camp. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in other areas of Jordan.
Posted: March 4, 2016, 1:26 am
Zambian presidential and national elections are scheduled for 11 August 2016, with associated political rallies likely throughout the country. These rallies, or political protests, may turn violent and should be avoided. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Zambia.
Posted: March 3, 2016, 5:41 am
Greek farmers protesting pension and tax reforms have suspended their nation-wide road blocks, including at the Greece-Bulgaria border. Check with your transport or tour provider for information on disruptions and follow local media for latest information (see Local travel). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Greece.
Posted: March 3, 2016, 5:41 am
This advice has revised information on civil unrest in Nepal. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Nepal. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: March 2, 2016, 4:09 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The overall level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Brunei Darussalam.
Posted: March 2, 2016, 3:54 am
Thailand is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: March 1, 2016, 10:15 pm
Australian officials visiting Burkina Faso have been advised not to stay at major hotels frequented by Westerners in Ouagadougou at this time for security reasons. We continue to advise travellers to reconsider the need to travel to the remainder of Burkina Faso.
Posted: March 1, 2016, 5:20 am
This advice contains new information on visas (Entry and exit), scams and drink spiking (Safety and security) and infectious diseases (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Hong Kong.
Posted: February 28, 2016, 10:58 pm
This advice has been reissued following review. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Lebanon overall.
Posted: February 25, 2016, 10:24 pm
This advice has new information on protests and restrictions on movement in Haryana, the state which surrounds New Delhi (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in India overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: February 25, 2016, 8:47 pm
Jamaica is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Jamaica or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Jamaica.
Posted: February 25, 2016, 2:40 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The travel advice level for Syria has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Syria because of the extremely dangerous security situation. Australian Government consular assistance is no longer available within Syria.
Posted: February 25, 2016, 2:39 am
Due to the threat of terrorism, we now advise against all travel to the entire provinces of Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba and Guidimaka. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Mauritania.
Posted: February 25, 2016, 1:18 am
Honduras is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Honduras or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Honduras.
Posted: February 24, 2016, 12:49 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Eritrea. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: February 24, 2016, 12:37 am
This advice contains updated information for travellers to the USA who have been to Libya, Somalia or Yemen since 1 March 2011. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the United States of America, including Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands.
Posted: February 23, 2016, 11:52 pm
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Afghanistan.
Posted: February 22, 2016, 10:50 pm
The threat of terrorism in Mali remains high. Terrorist attacks may occur at any time and could target venues frequented by foreigners (see Safety and Security). We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to parts of southern Mali and not to travel to all other areas, including Bamako.
Posted: February 22, 2016, 6:08 am
Terrorists may be planning attacks in and around Kuala Lumpur. Attacks could be indiscriminate and may target Western interests or locations frequented by Westerners. You should be particularly vigilant at this time. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider the need to travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah, and to exercise normal security precautions in Malaysia overall.
Posted: February 21, 2016, 3:51 am
All border crossings between Bulgaria and Greece are now open. Check with your tour operator or transport provider for latest information on possible future disruptions. The level of advice has not changed. We advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Bulgaria.
Posted: February 19, 2016, 9:50 pm
This advice contains new information on recent security incidents in Saudi Arabia, including recent attacks claimed by ISIL (see Safety and Security). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Saudi Arabia and not to travel within 30 kilometres of the border with Yemen.
Posted: February 19, 2016, 8:08 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with new information on drink spiking (Safety and Security) and Swine Flu (Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Poland.
Posted: February 19, 2016, 12:30 am
This advice has new information on travelling minors (Entry and Exit) and swine flu (Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Lithuania.
Posted: February 18, 2016, 6:04 am
This advice has been updated with new information on Safety and Security. Australians should continue to monitor local media for information on the security environment and follow the instructions of local authorities (see Safety and security). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Tajikistan.
Posted: February 18, 2016, 4:18 am
This advice has been reissued with minor editorial changes. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Spain.
Posted: February 17, 2016, 11:57 pm
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial amendments. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Posted: February 17, 2016, 4:32 am
This advice is updated with new information on a recent explosion on a commercial flight and terrorist attack at a beachside restaurant in Mogadishu. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise you not to travel to any part of Somalia.
Posted: February 16, 2016, 3:44 am
Due to increased stability in the North and East of the country (excluding the eastern border regions) we have lowered the overall level for Sudan to reconsider your need to travel. The possibility of violent civil unrest and terrorist attacks still remain. Higher levels still apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: February 10, 2016, 11:51 pm
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial amendments. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the Netherlands.
Posted: February 10, 2016, 11:15 pm
The DPRK conducted a long-range rocket launch on 7 February 2016, following its underground nuclear test in January 2016, further aggravating the already tense situation on the Peninsula. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the Republic of Korea (ROK).
Posted: February 9, 2016, 11:37 pm
Relations on the Korean Peninsula remain tense. The DPRK conducted an underground nuclear test and launched a long range ballistic missile in early 2016.The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to the DPRK.
Posted: February 9, 2016, 11:34 pm
This advice contains new information on gang-related crime (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution on Malé Island, and to exercise normal safety precautions elsewhere in the Maldives.
Posted: February 9, 2016, 4:15 am
Costa Rica is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Costa Rica or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Costa Rica.
Posted: February 6, 2016, 4:32 am
The Moroccan authorities have warned of an increased threat linked to the number of Moroccans sympathetic or belonging to international terrorist organisations operating in Syria and Iraq. Recent terrorist attacks in Egypt and Tunisia are a further indication of the heightened risk of terrorism in the region. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Morocco.
Posted: February 5, 2016, 3:37 am
This advice contains the latest figures on the incidence of dengue fever in Sri Lanka (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka.
Posted: February 5, 2016, 12:25 am
This advice contains revised information on the possibility of terrorist attacks in China. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in China overall and to exercise a high degree of caution in Tibet and Xinjiang.
Posted: February 4, 2016, 11:59 pm
National and local elections will be held between February and May 2016. You should exercise heightened vigilance during the period surrounding the elections and avoid any political events and protests as they may turn violent. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise against all travel to Niger. However levels apply in some parts of the country, including the capital, Niamey.
Posted: February 4, 2016, 11:58 pm
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial amendments. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Macau.
Posted: February 4, 2016, 11:28 pm
There have been anti-government protests, mainly in Pristina and Gjakova. Some protests have turned violent. You should keep clear of all areas where protests and demonstrations take place. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Kosovo overall.
Posted: February 4, 2016, 8:24 pm
Nicaragua is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Nicaragua or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Nicaragua.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 6:30 am
There is currently an outbreak of pneumococcal meningitis in the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Northern regions of Ghana. A number of deaths have been reported (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Ghana.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 2:44 am
As of January 2016, large politically-motivated demonstrations continue to occur in Chisinau and other locations in Moldova. Demonstrations and localised street disturbances can occur with little warning. Violence has been reported at past demonstrations. You should avoid all demonstrations, rallies and localised street disturbances, especially political ones, as they may turn violent and attract a heavy police presence.
Posted: February 2, 2016, 5:36 am
The Dominican Republic is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to the Dominican Republic or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in the Dominican Republic.
Posted: January 29, 2016, 8:48 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial amendments. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Argentina.
Posted: January 27, 2016, 11:29 pm
Bolivia is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Bolivia or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Bolivia.
Posted: January 25, 2016, 11:43 am
Paraguay is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Paraguay or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Paraguay.
Posted: January 25, 2016, 10:01 am
Venezuela is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Venezuela or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Venezuela.
Posted: January 25, 2016, 9:16 am
Panama is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Panama or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians in Panama to exercise a high degree of caution.
Posted: January 25, 2016, 9:05 am
Guatemala is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Guatemala or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Guatemala.
Posted: January 25, 2016, 8:55 am
El Salvador is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to El Salvador or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in El Salvador.
Posted: January 25, 2016, 8:52 am
Haiti is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Haiti or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Haiti overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: January 25, 2016, 8:47 am
Guyana is experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Guyana or talk to their doctor about implications (see Health). The overall level of advice of has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Guyana.
Posted: January 25, 2016, 8:43 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial amendments. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Tanzania.
Posted: January 22, 2016, 4:42 am
Our travel advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial amendments. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Latvia.
Posted: January 22, 2016, 4:06 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial amendments. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Azerbaijan. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: January 22, 2016, 3:56 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Georgia. Higher levels apply in some areas of the country.
Posted: January 22, 2016, 1:14 am
We have included links to the Russian visa and customs services in our travel advice. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Russia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: January 22, 2016, 12:31 am
A recent outbreak of the Ebola virus has occurred in villages of the N'Zérékoré Prefecture. This situation highlights the potential for flare-ups to continue in Ebola-affected countries. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider the need to travel to Guinea. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: January 19, 2016, 8:04 am
On 15 January, Sierra Leone health officials confirmed a new death from the Ebola virus. The World Health Organization, which had previously declared Sierra Leone Ebola free, has stressed the potential for flare-ups of the virus in Ebola-affected countries. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution.
Posted: January 19, 2016, 7:56 am
Following closely contested presidential elections in December 2015, the result is being challenged by opposition groups. You should avoid any large public gatherings, demonstrations or protests as they have the potential to turn violent (see Safety and security). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the Seychelles.
Posted: January 19, 2016, 1:55 am
Tensions continue to be significant in major cities in Ukraine and the security situation could deteriorate without warning (see Safety and Security). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Ukraine. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: January 14, 2016, 12:36 am
Estonian authorities have increased police presence at ports and airports since the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris; however there has been no change to the national threat level. Travellers should be aware of possible delays at border crossings and make appropriate contingency plans. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Estonia.
Posted: January 12, 2016, 6:19 am
This travel advisory has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial changes. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Uruguay.
Posted: January 12, 2016, 3:17 am
If travelling from Russia to Belarus, you must ensure you have a valid Belarusian visa prior to entering Belarus. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Belarus.
Posted: January 12, 2016, 2:56 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated, with minor editorial changes. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Belize.
Posted: January 12, 2016, 2:49 am
Although generally peaceful, periodic protests in Yerevan, Gyumri and other cities have the potential to escalate. You should avoid protests and large gatherings and monitor the media for the latest information. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Armenia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: January 12, 2016, 12:56 am
The Australian Consulate in Oslo has closed. Australians in need of consular assistance should contact the Australian Embassy in Copenhagen. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Norway.
Posted: January 11, 2016, 11:19 pm
The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Austria.
Posted: December 29, 2015, 1:29 am
The level of the advice for Iran has been lowered to 'Exercise a high degree of caution'. Higher levels still apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: December 21, 2015, 6:14 am
Children under the age of eighteen who wish to enter or exit Romania must hold a valid travel document and must be accompanied by an adult (see Entry and exit). A valid international driving permit (IDP) along with your current Australian driver's license is required to drive a vehicle in Romania (see Laws). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Romania.
Posted: December 17, 2015, 5:37 am
We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Switzerland.
Posted: December 17, 2015, 5:31 am
Due to the high number of refugees entering Finland in recent months, the Finnish Government has increased border surveillance to ensure travellers entering have the required paperwork (see Local travel). Carry your passport with you at all times. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Finland.
Posted: December 17, 2015, 5:26 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated and contains minor editorial amendments. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Oman overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: December 16, 2015, 4:33 am
Travellers should be aware of restrictions in using emergency passports when travelling to Rwanda. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Rwanda.
Posted: December 14, 2015, 11:14 pm
This advice has been reviewed and updated. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Benin because of the high levels of crime.
Posted: December 14, 2015, 3:58 am
The level of advice has not changed. We advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country, including Nairobi.
Posted: December 11, 2015, 4:15 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Botswana.
Posted: December 10, 2015, 5:44 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Kazakhstan.
Posted: December 10, 2015, 5:34 am
Minors travelling to Madagascar unaccompanied or with only one parent are required to carry a legal document signed by non-travelling parents, giving approval for the child to travel, or other applicable documents, such as custody orders. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Madagascar.
Posted: December 2, 2015, 12:36 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Mongolia.
Posted: December 2, 2015, 12:01 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Turkmenistan. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: December 1, 2015, 3:09 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in French Polynesia.
Posted: November 30, 2015, 3:02 am
The level of the advice has not changed. We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Peru.
Posted: November 27, 2015, 8:18 pm
Visitors to Cameroon for longer than four weeks are required to show proof of Polio vaccination (see Entry and exit). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Cameroon. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: November 26, 2015, 10:49 pm
Be aware that motorists and cyclists involved in accidents, even when there are no third parties involved, may be required to pay a traffic fine (see local laws). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Croatia.
Posted: November 24, 2015, 4:01 am
The ability of the Australian Government to provide consular services to Australians in South Sudan remains extremely limited. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to South Sudan.
Posted: November 24, 2015, 1:38 am
On 19 November 2015 the US Government warned its citizens of media reports that locations in Rome (St Peters Basilica) and Milan (the Duomo and La Scala) had been identified as potential targets for terrorist attack. The US Government stated that venues such as churches, restaurants, theatres and hotels in Rome and Milan are also possible targets. Travellers should remain vigilant in public places and report suspicious behaviour to the authorities. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Italy.
Posted: November 19, 2015, 11:49 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of this advice has not changed, we continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Uzbekistan.
Posted: November 18, 2015, 12:56 am
Advice contains new information under Health regarding the legality of some forms of prescription and non-prescription medication. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Posted: November 17, 2015, 11:46 pm
Car thefts and highway robberies, such as at petrol stations and parking areas, can occur (see Safety and security). We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Hungary.
Posted: November 6, 2015, 12:48 am
This advice has been reviewed and reissued. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Albania.
Posted: October 7, 2015, 10:59 pm
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Gabon.
Posted: September 23, 2015, 11:46 pm
The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the Solomon Islands.
Posted: September 17, 2015, 2:50 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. Australia can no longer provide consular assistance in Libya except in very limited circumstances. For consular advice please contact the Australian embassy in Rome. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to strongly advise Australians against all travel to Libya.
Posted: July 9, 2015, 6:51 am

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