Travel News

  • Solomon IslandsApril 23, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Wednesday, 23 April 2014. It contains new information under Natural disasters, severe weather and climate (in April 2014, tsunami warnings were issued on a number of occasions following major earthquakes. In the event of an earthquake or tsunami warning, you should make your way to higher ground and follow the advice of your accommodation provider and local authorities. Monitor local and foreign information sources for latest information on tsunami warnings). Flooding in early April caused significant damage to infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and the water supply. Australians should exercise caution in and around Honiara and follow the instructions of local authorities. You should exercise normal safety precautions elsewhere in the Solomon Islands.
  • BurundiApril 23, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Wednesday, 23 April 2014. It has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. The overall level of advice for Burundi remains at reconsider your need to travel. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to the provinces of Bujumbura Rural, Bubanza and Cibitoke.
  • CameroonApril 23, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Wednesday, 23 April 2014. It has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. We continue to strongly advise Australians not to travel to the Far North Region due to the risk of terrorist attack, kidnapping and armed banditry. We also strongly advise against travel to borders with the Central African Republic, Chad and with Nigerias Adamawa state. The overall level of advice for Cameroon remains at exercise a high degree of caution because of political uncertainty and high levels of serious crime.
  • SamoaApril 23, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Wednesday, 23 April 2014. It has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendment. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Samoa.
  • BeninApril 22, 2014
    This Advice was last issued on Wednesday, 23 April 2014. It has been reviewed and updated with general information under Crime, Civil unrest/political tension and Local travel. We continue to recommend Australians exercise normal safety precautions in Benin.
  • 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.