The Australian Government recently released an updated bulletin through the Department of Foreign Affair and Trade. The updated bulletin featured general advice to Australians who are planning to travel overseas.
Here is a summary of the released bulletin:
- Terrorism is an ongoing threat in many countries around the world. The threat in some destinations is very high. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are actively planning attacks. Terrorists may attack official or civilian targets depending on their particular objectives at the time. Australians could be caught up in attacks targeted at others. See Safety and Security: Terrorism (below) and our country specific travel advisories for details of terrorist threats to specific locations and types of venues.
- Violent and petty crime occurs in many countries. You should familiarise yourself with the types of crime that may occur and locations where you may be particularly at risk.
- You should avoid demonstrations and protests as they may turn violent. In periods surrounding elections, unrest and violent protests can occur.
- When you are overseas, local laws apply to you and penalties, particularly for drug-related offences, can be severe and may include the death penalty. The Australian Government can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
- Transport safety standards vary widely. You should understand the risks and plan your travel accordingly.
- Many Australians are affected by natural disasters and health emergencies overseas each year. You should seek to monitor the media, be aware of emerging risks and take appropriate precautions.
- Travel insurance policies may not provide cover if an incident occurred while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:
- organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy
- register your travel and contact details, so we can contact you in an emergency
- subscribe to destination specific travel advice to receive free email updates each time it's reissued.
The full bulletin could be viewed here.
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