Travel News

  • New CaledoniaApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It contains new information in the Summary and under Health (in 2013 and 2014 there have been a substantial number of Australians evacuated from cruise ships to Noumea for hospitalisation. We are aware of a number of cases where the insurance claims made by cruise passengers have been refused. This has adversely affected a number of Australian travellers, including older travellers with pre-existing medical conditions. Check your travel insurance policy to make sure that you understand exactly what your policy covers). We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in New Caledonia.
  • AngolaApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Angola overall because of the risk of civil unrest and criminal violence.
  • Democratic Republic of the CongoApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It contains new information in the Summary and under Local travel (the border crossing between DRC and Uganda at Bunagana remains closed due to military action). We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to the DRC due to the unpredictable security situation, ongoing armed conflict in the east of the country and the very high level of crime. We advise Australians not to travel to eastern and north-eastern regions of the DRC, including Goma, North and South Kivu Provinces and the Ituri district of Orientale Province.
  • MauritiusApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It contains new information under Health (reported cases of dengue fever in Triolet in March 2014). We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Mauritius.
  • LesothoApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Lesotho because of the high levels of crime.
  • Cook IslandsApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It contains new information under Local travel (travellers can use an Australian driving licence to drive the same class of vehicle indicated on their licence, for a period up to six months) and Health (symptoms of Zika virus). We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precaution in the Cook Islands.
  • SwazilandApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Swaziland.
  • TongaApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It has been reissued with new information in the Summary and under Health (cases of the mosquito-borne illness Chikungunya virus have been reported in Tonga). We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Tonga.
  • MalawiApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It includes new information under Safety and security: Civil unrest/political tension (general elections will be held in Malawi on 20 May 2014. Political rallies and demonstrations around the election period may turn violent). We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Malawi.
  • South AfricaApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It has new information under the Summary and Civil unrest/political tension (National Parliamentary and Provincial Assembly elections will be held across South Africa on 7 May 2014). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa due to the high level of serious crime.
  • Federated States of MicronesiaApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in the Federated States of Micronesia.
  • Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West BankApril 17, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Thursday, 17 April 2014. It contains new information in the Summary and under Safety and security (we advise Australians to avoid the immediate border region with Syria due to the increased presence of militants in the area). The overall level of advice remains at exercise a high degree of caution in Israel due to the threat of terrorist attack and the threat of rocket fire. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to the West Bank and not to travel to the Gaza Strip and surrounding areas in southern Israel.
  • UkraineApril 16, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. It contains updated information in the Summary and under Safety and Security: Civil unrest/Political tension (tension in the south and east of Ukraine continues. Violent clashes have occurred in several areas, including in Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. Some clashes have resulted in fatalities. The security situation is unpredictable and could rapidly deteriorate further at any time). We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Ukraine overall and not to travel to Crimea. Australians should avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings as even peaceful protests may turn violent.
  • NigeriaApril 15, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Tuesday, 15 April 2014. It contains new information in the Summary and under Safety and security: Terrorism (on 14 April 2014, a bomb attack at a bus station in Abuja reportedly killed seventy one people and injured dozens more). Australians in Nigeria are reminded that in recent years places of worship have been attacked during the Easter period. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Nigeria at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, the high risk of kidnapping, the unpredictable security situation, the heightened risk of violent civil unrest and the high level of violent crime.
  • VietnamApril 15, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Tuesday, 15 April 2014. It contains new information in the Summary and under Entry and exit (new online visa information portal) and Local travel (the number of serious motorcycle accidents involving tourists is increasing. You should carefully consider the risks of driving or riding a motorcycle in Vietnam. You must have a valid Vietnamese drivers licence to drive in Vietnam). We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Vietnam.
  • KenyaApril 15, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Tuesday, 15 April 2014. It contains new information under Safety and security (information of early April 2014 suggests that attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa could occur in the near future; further civil unrest and violence in Mombasa is likely following the killing of a Muslim cleric on 1 April 2014). In light of the current security environment, the level of advice for Nairobi and the Mombasa region has been increased. We now advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Nairobi and Mombasa region due to high threat of terrorist attack and high level of crime. We also continue to strongly advise Australians not to travel to border regions with Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan, because of the extremely dangerous security situation. Outside of these areas the overall level of advice remains at Exercise a high degree of caution.
  • ChileApril 14, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Monday, 14 April 2014. It contains new information in the Summary and under Additional information: Natural disasters, severe weather and climate (Local authorities have declared a state of emergency in Valparaiso in response to a large forest fire which has affected parts of the city. Australians in Valparaiso are advised to monitor the media and follow the advice of local authorities. Australians should avoid travel to affected areas). We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Chile.
  • GreeceApril 11, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Friday, 11 April 2014. It contains updated information in the Summary, under Safety and security: Terrorism (on 10 April 2014 a car bomb exploded outside the Bank of Greece building in central Athens. No injuries were reported). We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Greece.
  • MozambiqueApril 11, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Friday, 11 April 2014. It contains new information under Safety and security: Political tension/civil unrest (in March 2014 there were several reported clashes between Renamo and government forces in Tete province. Monitor local media and exercise caution if travelling in this region). We advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Nampula, Manica and Sofala provinces, with the exception of travel by air to the provincial capitals of Nampula, Chimoio and Beira. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Mozambique overall because of high levels of serious crime.
  • LibyaApril 11, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Friday, 11 April 2014. It contains new information under Safety and Security: Terrorism (an attack on Tripoli airport on 21 March 2014 resulted in damage to the runway and temporary closure of the airport. The airport has now reopened, but some airlines have cancelled flights). We continue to strongly advise Australians not to travel to Libya due to the high threat of terrorist attack, the ongoing threat of kidnapping and the unpredictable security situation throughout the country. Australians who choose to remain in Libya should ensure that they have appropriate personal security measures in place.