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

This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Cambodia.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 6:20 am
This advice contains new information about the Invictus Games which will be held in Toronto, Ontario from 23 - 30 September 2017. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Canada.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 6:07 am
Hurricane Maria is forecast to become a 'dangerous major hurricane' by the time it nears the Bahamas from around 22 September 2017 (local time).  Hurricane advisories extend across much of the north-eastern Caribbean, including many areas still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Irma.  Expect extremely high winds, heavy rain and storm surges.  Monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.  We recommend that you keep your passport with you at all times. Disruptions to essential services may occur. Contact your airline or tour operator to check if tourist services have been affected (see Additional information).  Exercise a high degree of caution in the Bahamas.​
Posted: September 20, 2017, 2:30 am
On 19 September 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck in the state of Puebla, in the central eastern part of Mexico. Mexico City has been significantly affected as well as Puebla, State of Mexico, Morelos, and Guerrero. People in the affected areas are experiencing severe communications disruption. The National Civil Protection Agency has advised that while infrastructure is being assessed all essential services (such as public transport) are suspended. Preliminary information from local authorities requests people not to drive so that emergency services can conduct their activities. The President has evacuated all damaged hospitals and patients are being transferred to unaffected hospitals. After a major earthquake, follow the advice of the local authorities and emergency services as aftershocks are common. Monitor the media for latest developments and follow the instructions issued by local and national authorities. Take official warnings seriously (see Additional information). The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Mexico. Higher levels apply in some parts of Mexico.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 9:34 pm
Hurricane Maria continues to intensify as it moves through the Caribbean. Maria has been declared a ‘potentially catastrophic’ (Category 5) storm with the potential to strengthen even further by the time it nears the US Virgin Islands and the US territory of Puerto Rico on 20 September (local time). Hurricane advisories extend across much of the north-eastern Caribbean, including many areas still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Irma. States of Emergency have been declared in both the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to enable the preparation and activation of emergency services. Expect high winds, heavy rain and storm surges. Monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities, including any evacuation orders. Keep your passport with you at all times. Disruptions to essential services may occur. Contact your airline or tour operator to check whether tourist services have been affected (see Additional information).  The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in the United States of America, including Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 7:45 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Laos overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 3:46 am
​Due to increasing reports of violent clashes, reconsider your need to travel to the Oromia and Somali region border areas, including Jijiga. (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Ethiopia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 2:47 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Vietnam.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 1:40 am
Hurricane Maria is forecast to become a 'dangerous major hurricane' by the time it nears the Dominican Republic on 20 September 2017 (local time).  Hurricane advisories extend across much of the north-eastern Caribbean, including many areas still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Irma.  Expect extremely high winds, heavy rain and storm surges.  Monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.  We recommend that you keep your passport with you at all times. Disruptions to essential services may occur. Contact your airline or tour operator to check if tourist services have been affected (see Additional information).  The level of this advice has not changed.  Exercise a high degree of caution in the Dominican Republic.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 11:58 pm
Serious assaults, including sexual assault, occur in Solomon Islands. Foreigners have been attacked at knifepoint, including at popular tourist attractions such as Mbonege Beach. Female travellers need to be particularly alert at all times. Avoid being alone in areas without security officers, or in remote public places. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Solomon Islands.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 6:52 am
On 17 September 2017, the UK Government lowered its domestic threat level to 'Severe' (level 4 of 5). The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in the United Kingdom.                           
Posted: September 17, 2017, 3:37 pm
We continue to see credible reports that terrorists have plans to target venues frequented by foreigners, including diplomatic missions, airports, hotels, sporting events, shopping centres, military facilities and government buildings. The Kabul International Airport and roads leading to it are often subject to attack (see Safety and security). We continue to advise against travel to Afghanistan. The level of the advice has not changed.
Posted: September 17, 2017, 2:02 pm
Due to shortage of aviation fuel in Auckland, oil companies are limiting the amount of fuel being supplied to airlines at Auckland Airport. This is impacting flights, passengers should contact their airlines, travel agents and check for latest flight information. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in New Zealand.
Posted: September 17, 2017, 1:00 pm
Due to Air Berlin’s insolvency, flight delays and/or cancellations are expected until the future of the airline is known. Passengers booked on Air Berlin flights should check with their travel agent or the airline directly to establish flight status before travelling. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Germany, and be aware of the increased threat of terrorism.
Posted: September 15, 2017, 3:15 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: September 15, 2017, 1:11 am
The US Government has advised its citizens that due to ongoing threats to locations such as the Casino Du Liban in Jounieh, the US Embassy Beirut has barred any movement of US government staff to that Casino. Terrorist attacks could occur anywhere, at any time, in Lebanon. Targets could include, but are not limited to, hotels, clubs, restaurants, shopping centres, markets, outdoor recreation events and tourist areas. Security services are at a heightened state of alert and are carrying out operations to thwart attacks. If you notice a security operation is underway, immediately leave the area. The level of advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Lebanon overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of Lebanon.  
Posted: September 14, 2017, 12:19 pm
​​Hurricane Irma passed over Cuba from 7 to 10 September. Many areas are without electricity and water supply. In some areas of Havana, electricity and water supply have been restored, but there are intermittent outages. Transportation and road access are being gradually restored, but some roads remain closed due to flooding and storm damage. Havana and Varadero airports reopened on Tuesday 12 September. The Jardines del Rey Airport in Cayo Coco remains closed. Contact your airline or tour operator to check if tourist services, including accommodation, have been affected. Exercise caution at night, as power outages may affect street lighting and traffic lights. Monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local emergency officials. Internet connectivity is very limited throughout Cuba. Do not rely on internet access for up-to-date information or as a way to alert friends or family to your situation in an emergency. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Cuba.
Posted: September 14, 2017, 7:44 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Posted: September 14, 2017, 4:35 am
Terrorism is a threat throughout Russia. Terrorist attacks have occurred in Russian cities, including Moscow and St Petersburg. Targets have included public transport, transport hubs and public places popular with foreigners. The terrorism threat is underscored by frequent statements from Russian authorities that they have disrupted planned attacks. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Russia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: September 14, 2017, 2:19 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Italy.
Posted: September 13, 2017, 1:01 pm
Demonstrations and blockades are expected sporadically from 13 September 2017 around the Myanmar Embassy in the Baridhara area of Dhaka. Avoid demonstrations and blockades, which may become violent. Monitor local media for up-to-date information.The level of advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Bangladesh.
Posted: September 13, 2017, 12:30 pm
There is an ongoing risk of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists may attempt to carry out attacks in the Balkans, including against crowded venues or places frequented by foreigners, such as religious sites, entertainment venues and transport hubs. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Kosovo overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country
Posted: September 13, 2017, 5:40 am
Typhoon Talim is projected to impact Taiwan from late 13 September. Expect high winds, strong rain and storm surges in coastal areas. Anticipate disruptions to essential services and transport. Contact your tour provider or airline for latest information on disruptions and follow the instructions issued by local authorities (see Additional information). The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Taiwan. 
Posted: September 12, 2017, 8:33 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in New Caledonia.
Posted: September 12, 2017, 4:07 am
In August 2017, extensive rainfall caused major flooding throughout southern Nepal, including Chitwan National Park. Many roads and bridges are still blocked by landslides and floods causing difficulty for travellers to get to, and from, the Bharatpur airport. Follow the instructions issued by local authorities and monitor the media for further developments (See Additional information). The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Nepal.
Posted: September 12, 2017, 1:11 am
Hurricane Irma made landfall in Haiti on 7 September 2017. Parts of the country have experienced flooding. Some services may be affected, including transport, power and telecommunications systems. Monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities. Contact your airline or tour operator to check if tourist services have been affected (see Additional information). The level of this advice has not changed.  Exercise a high degree of caution in Haiti. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.  
Posted: September 10, 2017, 6:59 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high of caution in Jamaica.
Posted: September 9, 2017, 12:01 pm
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The overall level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Ecuador. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: September 9, 2017, 2:16 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Guatemala.
Posted: September 9, 2017, 2:15 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in El Salvador.
Posted: September 9, 2017, 2:14 am
Your passport is not required for official ID purposes if requested by local police, but is required for a range of other transactions, including booking a hotel, domestic air travel and bank transactions (see Safety and security). The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Chile.
Posted: September 8, 2017, 2:37 am
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to conduct nuclear tests and ballistic missile tests, further aggravating the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region. Further provocations by the DPRK directed at neighbouring countries, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, cannot be ruled out. Australians in Japan should monitor developments closely due to the risk that tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate with little warning. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Japan overall.
Posted: September 6, 2017, 12:15 am
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to conduct nuclear tests and ballistic missile tests, further aggravating the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region. Further provocations by the DPRK or reactions by other countries cannot be ruled out. Australians in the Republic of Korea (ROK) should monitor developments closely due to the risk that tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate with little warning. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in the Republic of Korea.
Posted: September 6, 2017, 12:15 am
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to conduct nuclear tests and ballistic missile tests, further aggravating the already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region. Further provocations by the DPRK or reactions by other countries cannot be ruled out.  The level of this advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to the DPRK.
Posted: September 6, 2017, 12:15 am
On 5 September 2017 (local time), Myanmar authorities warned of plans by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army to carry out terrorist attacks in major cities in Myanmar to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly in September. Be alert to possible threats.  The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Myanmar overall. Higher and lower levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: September 5, 2017, 4:54 pm
Due to the high threat of terrorism and kidnapping in Burkina Faso, exercise heightened caution in public venues including, but not limited to, cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, schools and hotels (see Safety and secur​ity). Reconsider your need to travel to Burkina Faso overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country. 
Posted: September 5, 2017, 3:03 am
​Under Montenegrin law, you must carry a valid form of ID with you at all times, such as a driver's licence or passport. If you are unable to provide ID to local authorities on request, you could be fined. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Montenegro. ​
Posted: September 4, 2017, 11:08 pm
Terror attacks could occur at anytime, anywhere in Egypt. Potential targets include religious sites and communities, government buildings, security checkpoints and locations frequented by tourists. Be alert to possible threats in these locations and follow the instructions of local authorities. In August 2017, Egyptian forces reportedly identified and took action against terrorist activity. The level of this advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Egypt overall. Higher levels apply in some areas.
Posted: September 4, 2017, 9:44 am
Typhoon season in Macau is between May and October. Monitor regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly (see Additional information). The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Macau.                            
Posted: September 4, 2017, 3:37 am
Typhoon season in Hong Kong is between May and October. Monitor regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly (see Additional information). The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Hong Kong.
Posted: September 4, 2017, 3:37 am
On 1 September 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya ruled the results of the 8 August presidential election null and void. A new election is to be held within 60 days. Political rallies and protests may occur across the nation following the ruling. Avoid political rallies and protests as they could quickly turn violent. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.  
Posted: September 1, 2017, 11:33 am
Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in Mumbai and along the west coast of the states of Maharashtra and Goa. Heavy rains are expected to continue for several more days in Goa and Gujarat. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the media for the latest information. Anticipate disruptions to transport and essential services. Contact your tour provider or airline for latest information on disruptions and follow the instructions issued by local authorities if you are travelling to an affected part of the country (see Additional Information). The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in India overall.
Posted: September 1, 2017, 6:47 am
A State of Emergency has been extended by the Malian Government. Expect a robust security presence, including police patrols and possible police security checks on restaurants and hotels. The level of advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to parts of southern Mali and do not to travel to all other areas, including Bamako.    
Posted: September 1, 2017, 4:55 am
If you are involved in a criminal matter or investigation, or directly or indirectly in a civil or commercial dispute, you may not be allowed to leave China until the matter is resolved.  Since June 2016, some Australians have been informed of exit bans imposed on them when attempting to depart China. An exit ban can be imposed in response to an outstanding legal issue involving a family member. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in China. Higher levels apply in Tibet and Xinjiang.
Posted: August 31, 2017, 5:35 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Lithuania.
Posted: August 30, 2017, 9:50 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Armenia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 30, 2017, 2:16 am
“Expo 2017” takes place in Astana from 10 June to 10 September 2017. Be prepared for increased controls and security checks. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Kazakhstan.
Posted: August 29, 2017, 6:09 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Iceland.
Posted: August 28, 2017, 11:20 pm
We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the district of Awamiyah, Al Qatif. Take particular care in Eastern Province, including around Shia mosques, where numerous attacks have attacks have taken place.  Reconsider your need to travel to Saudi Arabia overall. Higher levels apply in some areas.
Posted: August 28, 2017, 5:50 am
Police conduct random checks throughout the country and you may be required to show original identity documentation (see Local travel). The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Madagascar. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 28, 2017, 5:41 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution overall. Higher levels apply in some areas.
Posted: August 28, 2017, 2:31 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Angola. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 27, 2017, 10:30 pm
Community unrest and blockades have affected transport routes around Achacachi near Lake Titicaca, including roads to Copacabana. Contact your tour provider or local authorities before travelling in this area. Remain alert and avoid large crowds as they could become violent. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Bolivia.
Posted: August 25, 2017, 11:55 pm
​The Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games (AIMAG) will be held in Ashgabat from 17 to 27 September 2017. Travel conditions may be affected in the lead-up to, and during the AIMAG. There have been reports that entering Turkmenistan will be restricted only to people involved in the AIMAG and visitors with prior approval to enter the country. If you plan to visit (or transit) Turkmenistan during this time, contact your travel provider and/or the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Turkmenistan for the latest information, including registration requirements. Expect stricter immigration checks, tightened security measures and more frequent identity checks. Anticipate disruptions to Ashgabat’s road network, especially around the Olympic Village. There are reports that smoking and the sale of alcohol have been banned for the duration of the AIMAG. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Turkmenistan. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 25, 2017, 1:21 pm
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in the UAE.
Posted: August 25, 2017, 12:04 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Portugal.
Posted: August 24, 2017, 10:50 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Peru overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 24, 2017, 6:20 am
Trekking alone in Bhutan is not permitted. Trekking can be dangerous. If you decide to trek in Bhutan, plan carefully and use reputable trekking companies with professional guides. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Bhutan.
Posted: August 23, 2017, 10:31 pm
It is illegal to conceal your face in public places in France. This includes motorcycle helmets, balaclavas, full veils or any other garment or mask that is used to conceal the face. See (Laws). The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in France.
Posted: August 23, 2017, 5:06 am
This advice includes new information on Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) only hyperbaric (decompression) chamber, which is out of order (see Health), and recognition of dual nationals (see Laws). The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in PNG. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 23, 2017, 5:01 am
​​On 18 August 2017, a stabbing attack took place in central Turku, south-west Finland in two locations (Kauppatori – Central Market and Puutori – Market Square). Police are investigating the incident as terrorist related. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Finland.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 7:08 am
There is currently no operational hyperbaric (decompression) chamber in Fiji. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Fiji.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 5:01 am
Copenhagen Police continue to urge people to exercise heightened vigilance due to an increase in gang violence and shootings in Copenhagen. In response to these incidents, police have established stop-and-search zones in the relevant areas. This allows police officers to stop and question anyone. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark.                            
Posted: August 22, 2017, 4:35 am
The Brazilian Government has deployed the military to Rio de Janeiro to enforce public security (see Safety and security). The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Brazil.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 3:51 am
As of 9 August 2017, Australian passport holders are eligible for a 30-day visa upon arrival in Qatar, free-of-charge, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward ticket. The visa may be extended for up to an additional 30 days. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Qatar.                            
Posted: August 22, 2017, 1:26 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Hungary.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 12:27 am
This travel advice contains new information under Local travel. The overall level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 1:08 am
On 12 August 2017, Samoan Ministry of Health notified of a possible outbreak of dengue fever. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Samoa.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 11:29 pm
In response to the terrorist attacks in Barcelona on 17 August and Cambrils on 18 August, the Spanish Government has announced the introduction of heightened security measures in public places, including shopping areas, tourist sites and transportation hubs, and at major events which attract large crowds. Plan for delays in travel times. Remain vigilant about your surroundings, take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of local authorities.  The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Spain.
Posted: August 19, 2017, 1:29 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in the Seychelles.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:43 am
On August 14 2017, a mudslide in the Regent area of Freetown resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries. Avoid the affected area and follow the instructions of local authorities. Be aware of flash flooding and expect disruptions to local services. Monitor local media for the latest developments. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Sierra Leone.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 4:22 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Belize.
Posted: August 14, 2017, 5:16 am
Terrorist attacks can occur anywhere at any time in Pakistan. Exercise heightened caution. Avoid public gatherings, crowded places, places of worship and locations frequented by foreigners. Follow local advice. Monitor the media for developments that may affect your safety and security. The level of advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Pakistan overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 11, 2017, 5:10 am
This travel advice contains new information on Presidential and legislative elections scheduled for 10 October 2017. See Safety and Security. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 11, 2017, 1:27 am
This advice has new information on fraudulent websites and Facebook accounts claiming to represent the Australian Government (See Safety and security). The level of our travel advice has not changed. Do not travel to Iraq, including the Kurdish region. If you choose to visit, in spite of our strong advice, ensure you take appropriate security precautions.
Posted: August 11, 2017, 12:22 am
This travel advice contains new information on Local travel. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Greece. 
Posted: August 9, 2017, 12:35 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Jordan. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 8, 2017, 1:49 pm
There remains a heightened threat of terrorist attack in a number of European countries, including the Netherlands. Possible targets for future attacks include major targets for sporting events and mass gatherings. Be vigilant in public places and report any suspicious activity to police. Monitor media for any new or emerging threats to your security. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in the Netherlands.
Posted: August 8, 2017, 2:02 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Rwanda.
Posted: August 7, 2017, 6:20 am
The number of violent crimes, including kidnapping, remains high on both islands (See Safety and security). The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Trinidad and Tobago.
Posted: August 7, 2017, 12:25 am
Elections for the new constituent assembly were held on 30 July 2017. Civil unrest and violent protests continue, particularly in Caracas, with security forces out in strength since 23 July 2017. The Canadian Embassy, which provides consular support to Australians has moved to an appointment only service. Avianca Airlines announced the suspension of flights to and from Venezuela as of 27 July 2017 and some other airlines have temporarily suspended flights.  Other airlines are still operating, but could withdraw services at any time. Outbound flights have limited capacity. The level of the advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Venezuela. Higher levels still apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 11:07 pm
This advice contains additional information on local laws. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Singapore.
Posted: August 3, 2017, 3:01 am
Drug laws have recently changed, but it remains illegal for foreigners to purchase marijuana for personal use (See Laws). The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Uruguay.
Posted: August 3, 2017, 1:36 am
Security incidents, such as riots and demonstrations may occur sporadically along the Matidi Road in Kinshasa, causing road closures with little or no notice. Attacks on vehicles along this road are also becoming more frequent. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings and monitor media for latest developments that may affect your personal security (see Safety and security). The level of the travel advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo overall.  Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 2, 2017, 11:10 pm
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Croatia.                    
Posted: August 2, 2017, 10:52 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Serbia.
Posted: August 2, 2017, 10:05 pm
Travellers are reminded of the increased risk of demonstrations and protests in Côte d'Ivoire. Protest action by members of the Ivorian armed forces took place across the country in January and May 2017. Avoid protests and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent. In the event of further protests, monitor local media, exercise vigilance and follow all instructions issued by local authorities. The level has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Côte d'Ivoire overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: August 1, 2017, 10:45 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Timor-Leste. 
Posted: August 1, 2017, 2:10 am
Tensions continue over the prospective establishment of 13 border checkpoints on the Dniester section of the Moldova-Ukraine border. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Moldova.
Posted: July 30, 2017, 11:31 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution on Malé Island. Exercise normal safety precautions elsewhere in the Maldives.
Posted: July 28, 2017, 6:03 am
A major cholera outbreak in Yemen has gathered intensity since late April 2017 (see Health). The level of this advice has not changed. Do not travel to Yemen, including the island of Socotra.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 7:30 am
This advice contains new information on Road Travel. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Poland.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 1:23 am
This advice contains new information on road safety (See Local Travel). The level of the advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Eritrea. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.  
Posted: July 24, 2017, 11:43 pm
On 22 July, the Philippine Congress extended martial law in Mindanao until 31 December 2017. Travellers are reminded to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines due to the high threat of terrorist attack, including in Manila. Possible targets include commercial and public places frequented by foreigners, such as transport hubs, the metro system, hotels, shopping malls and tourist areas. Exercise heightened caution and be vigilant about your surroundings. Monitor the media for developments that may affect your safety and security. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: July 24, 2017, 10:29 am
This travel advice contains new information on dress regulations in Chad (see Laws). The level of this advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to the capital N'Djamena. We continue to advise against travel to Chad overall.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:58 am
This travel advice contains new information on the prevalence of dengue fever and crime. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Sri Lanka.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 4:30 am
​Protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses such as Malaria due to the higher risk to travellers in the wet season (see Health).The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Guyana.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 1:51 am
Travellers are reminded of the threat of terrorist attacks in Nigeria, including at hotels in major cities frequented by foreigners. The level of this advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Nigeria overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 7:13 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of our advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Ankara and Istanbul because of the high threat of terrorist attack. Exercise a high degree of caution in Turkey overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of Turkey.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 10:52 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah, and to exercise normal security precautions in Malaysia overall.​
Posted: July 15, 2017, 12:01 am
On 5 July 2017, the Zambian President issued a statutory instrument under Article 31 of the Constitution which enables him to introduce a range of emergency public security and other measures within a 90 day period. Emergency measures may be introduced at short notice. Be alert to changes in the local environment. Monitor media reporting and follow the instructions of local authorities. The level has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Zambia overall. Reconsider your need to travel to some border regions of the country.
Posted: July 13, 2017, 7:30 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Botswana.
Posted: July 11, 2017, 6:07 am
This travel advice contains new information on Dual Nationals (see Laws). The level has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Azerbaijan overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: July 11, 2017, 5:18 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Guinea. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: July 11, 2017, 12:28 am
This advice has new information regarding the payment of goods and services according to Georgian law (See Safety and security). The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Georgia. Higher levels apply in some areas of the country.
Posted: July 10, 2017, 5:58 am
Political tensions are high in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Some protests have turned violent in the capital Skopje and other major cities, such as Bitola. Avoid all political rallies, demonstrations and large crowds as they may turn violent.  The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Posted: July 10, 2017, 5:38 am
This travel advice contains new information on entry and exit, including travelling with minors. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Palau.
Posted: July 7, 2017, 6:45 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider the need to travel to areas bordering Yemen. Exercise normal security precautions in Oman overall.
Posted: July 7, 2017, 5:43 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Gabon.
Posted: July 6, 2017, 4:30 am
From 1 July 2017, Australian tourists no longer have to pay a 'reciprocity fee' to enter Argentina. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Argentina.
Posted: July 5, 2017, 4:33 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Norway.
Posted: July 5, 2017, 2:20 am
Protests have been reported in several Moroccan cities; avoid large gatherings and demonstrations as they may turn violent. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Morocco overall.  Do not travel to the Western Sahara.
Posted: July 4, 2017, 5:08 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Albania.
Posted: July 4, 2017, 2:19 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in the Kyrgyz Republic. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: July 3, 2017, 4:19 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Austria.
Posted: June 28, 2017, 10:14 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The overall level of the advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Ukraine. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: June 27, 2017, 1:12 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Paraguay.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:33 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. Do not travel to Niger overall. Different levels apply in some parts of the country, including the capital, Niamey.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:40 am
There is a heightened security presence in the Pwani coastal region following recent attacks against police and local officials. Take extra care when travelling in Rufiji and surrounding areas, including at police checkpoints. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Tanzania.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:50 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Vanuatu.​​​
Posted: June 21, 2017, 6:22 am
Bahrain has severed all diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed all air and sea borders between Bahrain and Qatar. If you have an upcoming flight from Bahrain to or transiting Qatar, contact your airline or travel provider for further information and to make alternate arrangements. The level of this advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Bahrain.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 4:38 am
​​We continue to receive information that terrorists may be planning further attacks in Belgium. An attack could occur at any time. Exercise particular caution around locations known to be possible terrorist targets. Monitor the news and other sources for changes to local conditions. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Belgium overall.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 12:43 am
​On 17 June 2017, a bomb exploded in the Andino shopping centre, in Bogota, killing 3 people, including a foreign national, and injuring others. Be vigilant to your personal safety. Follow local authorities' advice. Monitor the media for developments which may affect your safety and security. Exercise a high degree of caution in Colombia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: June 18, 2017, 3:14 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Switzerland.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 11:13 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Sudan overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 4:41 am
Security measures such as curfews can be implemented in Juba with little or no warning. The level of this advice has not changed. Do not to travel to South Sudan.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 11:04 pm
This advice has been updated with information for cruise passengers. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Malta.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 3:47 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Estonia.​
Posted: June 12, 2017, 10:50 pm
This travel advice contains new information on where to get help in Prague. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in the Czech Republic.
Posted: June 8, 2017, 10:52 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa.
Posted: June 8, 2017, 9:58 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Romania.
Posted: June 8, 2017, 1:14 am
On 7 June, simultaneous terrorist attacks at the Iranian Majlis (parliament) in central Tehran and at Imam Khomeini's Shrine on the southern outskirts of Tehran. Avoid these sites and follow the instructions from local authorities. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in Iran overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: June 7, 2017, 11:30 pm
H1N1 (swine flu) has been reported in Mauritius. Discuss your vaccination requirements with your doctor before travelling (see Health). The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Mauritius.
Posted: June 6, 2017, 11:47 pm
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Sweden.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 3:12 am
This travel advice contains new information on same-sex relationships (see Local customs) and an outbreak of mumps. A number of cases of hepatitis A and mumps have been reported in Marshall Islands (see Health risks). The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in the Marshall Islands. 
Posted: May 29, 2017, 11:24 pm
​This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed, continue to exercise normal safety precautions in Latvia.
Posted: May 29, 2017, 11:02 pm
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed, continue to exercise a high degree of caution overall in Tajikistan. We also advise you to reconsider your need to travel in some border regions of the country.                           
Posted: May 29, 2017, 1:17 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider travel to Tunisia because of the high threat of terrorist attack. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 12:47 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. It contains new information, including on the need for travel insurance for cruise passengers (see Information for cruise passengers). We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in French Polynesia.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 11:25 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. It contains new information, including on same-sex relationships, see Local Customs. 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: May 23, 2017, 12:19 am
This advice has been reissued  and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Djibouti. Higher levels apply in some areas.
Posted: May 17, 2017, 12:00 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The overall level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Brunei Darussalam.
Posted: May 15, 2017, 6:19 am
The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Senegal.
Posted: May 10, 2017, 12:55 am
This advice contains new information on credit card fraud (see Safety and security). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Tonga.
Posted: May 9, 2017, 2:47 am
This advice contains new information on obtaining a visa for Malawi (see Additional information).The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Malawi. 
Posted: May 2, 2017, 4:27 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Swaziland.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:49 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Zimbabwe.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:54 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed.  We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Kuwait.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 12:48 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Bulgaria.
Posted: April 11, 2017, 4:22 am
Following elections in February Somalia remains a do not travel destination. Al Shabaab has declared its intention to target the new administration.  We continue to advise you not to travel to any part of Somalia because the security situation remains very poor and the threat of conflict or attacks by armed groups is high.              
Posted: April 6, 2017, 1:48 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Mozambique overall.
Posted: April 4, 2017, 2:50 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial changes. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Namibia.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 4:39 am
Legislative elections will be held in Algeria on 4 May 2017. Avoid political gatherings, protests or demonstrations as they could turn violent with little warning. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Algeria.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 4:18 am
This advice contains new information on obtaining visas though a new official online visa portal (see Entry and exit).  The level of advice has not changed. 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 30, 2017, 2:58 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Cyprus. 
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:16 pm
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Ireland.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 2:39 am
The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Ghana.
Posted: March 22, 2017, 3:38 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Guam.
Posted: March 8, 2017, 2:42 am
This advice includes new information on the road travel risks from the World Health Organization (see Local travel). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Honduras.
Posted: February 23, 2017, 10:25 pm
We have lowered the overall level of advice following a stabilisation of the security environment after the transfer of power to President Barrow. The situation has calmed, though regional military forces remain in The Gambia. We now advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in The Gambia due to the uncertain political situation and the potential for civil unrest.
Posted: February 10, 2017, 4:18 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the travel advice has not changed. We continue to strongly advise you not to travel to the Central African Republic.
Posted: February 8, 2017, 12:30 am
Australians may be eligible for a five day visa-free entry into Belarus from 12 February 2017. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Belarus.
Posted: February 2, 2017, 11:17 pm
Tensions in the Northwest and Southwest Regions have resulted in demonstrations and unrest. Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, as these may turn violent. Monitor local media. Follow the advice of local authorities. 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: February 2, 2017, 5:20 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Mauritania. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.                           
Posted: February 1, 2017, 2:55 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Costa Rica.
Posted: January 24, 2017, 5:56 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to strongly advise Australians against all travel to Libya.
Posted: January 23, 2017, 12:11 am
New helmet legislation requires anyone riding a motorcycle, bicycle or scooter in the Cook Islands to wear an approved safety helmet. This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precaution in the Cook Islands.
Posted: December 14, 2016, 3:10 am
This advice has information on the electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) you will need if you transit or travel through Canada before entering Nicaragua (see Entry and exit). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Nicaragua.
Posted: December 12, 2016, 5:08 am
This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Burundi.
Posted: December 6, 2016, 3:09 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Mongolia.  
Posted: December 2, 2016, 12:15 am
This advice has been updated regarding importing prescription medications (see Entry and exit). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Uzbekistan. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Posted: November 25, 2016, 2:47 am
This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians in Panama to exercise a high degree of caution.
Posted: November 21, 2016, 3:31 am
This advice contains new information about recent cases of cholera (see Health). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Benin.
Posted: October 25, 2016, 12:28 am
This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Lesotho.
Posted: October 25, 2016, 12:22 am
Travellers are reminded it is our strong advice Australians not travel to Syria because of the extremely dangerous security situation. It is illegal under Australian law for Australian citizens, including dual citizens, to provide any kind of support to any armed group in Syria. The level of our advice has not changed.
Posted: September 15, 2016, 6:16 am
 

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