POLAND

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Poland. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.
  • There is an increased risk of demonstrations and protests. Monitor local media, exercise vigilance and avoid protests and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent. Follow all instructions issued by local authorities.
  • There has been a significant influx of asylum seekers into Europe, causing localised disruption to cross-border road and train transport services. Travellers should be aware of the possibility of further disruptions, make appropriate contingency plans and follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Poland does not recognise dual nationality. Australian/Polish dual nationals must enter and exit Poland using their Polish Passport.
  • There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe. In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities.
Poland

MALAYSIA

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Malaysia overall. Exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia.
  • There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur and other major cities.  On 28 June 2016, a grenade attack was carried out by Islamic State-linked terrorists at a bar in Puchong, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian authorities have made a number of arrests of persons allegedly involved in planning attacks, including against entertainment venues in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Reconsider travel to the coastal resorts of eastern Sabah, including the islands, dive sites and associated tourist facilities due to the ongoing high threat of kidnapping. The risk of kidnapping increases on the water and waterfront after nightfall.
  • The kidnapping threat is highest in the area between the towns of Sandakan and Tawau due to its proximity to the Sulu archipelago in the southern Philippines.
  • Smoke haze across some parts of Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur is usual from June to October but can occur at any time of the year. When haze levels are high the Malaysian authorities recommend limiting outdoor activity.
  • There has been a significant increase in cases of dengue fever throughout 2015 and 2016.
  • If you are intending to travel overland from Malaysia to Thailand, you should also read the travel advice for Thailand which recommends that Australians do not travel to or through the far southern Thai provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla.
Malaysia

ISRAEL, the GAZA STRIP and the WEST BANK

  • We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Israel due to the threat of terrorist attack and the threat of rocket fire. Terrorist attacks could occur at anytime and anywhere in Israel.
  • In mid-September 2016, there was an increase in stabbings and other violent incidents in and around the Old City of Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank. Travellers should be particularly vigilant at this time. Further attacks are likely. Pay close attention to local news, avoid areas of reported trouble, and observe instructions from local authorities.
  • During the most recent military confrontation in July-August 2014, over 4,000 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. Be aware of the risks of travel should further conflict between Hamas and Israel occur.
  • Familiarise yourself with emergency procedures and how to respond to air raid sirens, including knowing the location of the nearest emergency shelters. Municipality websites maintain lists of public bomb shelters and other emergency preparedness information.
  • We strongly advise Australians not to travel to the Gaza Strip due to the dangerous and unpredictable security situation. Civilians were killed and injured during the military confrontation in July-August 2014. Be aware that exiting the area is very difficult and unpredictable, and the capacity of the Australian Government to assist in such scenarios, and to deliver consular assistance to Australians in Gaza, is extremely limited.
  • We strongly advise you to reconsider your need to travel to areas of Israel within 5kms of the border with the Gaza Strip due to the threat of rocket attack.
  • Pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Monitor local media and official announcements, as the security situation may change unexpectedly. In the event of a heightened security alert, security forces may respond by establishing additional roadblocks and by increasing the presence of security forces on the streets. Vehicle inspections may also be conducted and there may be heightened scrutiny of individuals and their belongings.
  • Exercise a high degree of caution when using public transport in Israel. On 18 April 2016, an explosive device was detonated on a bus in south Jerusalem. Due to safety and security concerns, Australian Government officials and dependants have been advised not to use public transport, except taxis, in Israel. In planning your activities, consider the kinds of places known to be terrorist targets and the level of security provided.
  • Reconsider your need to travel to all parts of the Golan Heights to the east of Route 98 near Syria, due to the threat of terrorist attack and the activities of militants on the other side of the border. Artillery and small arms fire from Syria have landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
  • Reconsider your need to travel to the West Bank, including Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah due to the unpredictable security situation.
  • Avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies as they may turn violent. Maintain a heightened level of awareness of current events and security developments.
  • The security situation in the region bordering Egypt could deteriorate at any time. Recent security incidents have resulted in deaths and injuries, and the area remains dangerous. There is a continuing threat of rocket attack in this area.
  • The security situation in the northern region of Israel could deteriorate without notice. The border region with Lebanon and Syria is subject to violent incidents, and there is an ongoing threat of rocket attack, artillery and small arms fire.
Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank

LITHUANIA

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Lithuania. Exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.
  • Over the last year there have been significant pressures on border controls in Europe due to the movement of asylum seekers. Carry your passport when crossing borders, even within the Schengen zone. Monitor local media and other information from transport providers for up to date information on entry and exit changes and delays.
  • There is an ongoing risk of terrorism in Europe. In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large public gatherings as they may turn violent.
  • Australia has a Consulate in Lithuania, headed by an Honorary Consul, which provides limited consular services (not including the issue of passports). The Australian Embassy in Poland provides full consular assistance to Australians in Lithuania.
Lithuania

MEXICO

  • We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Mexico because of high levels of violent crime and drug-related violence. You should pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Monitor the media and other sources about possible new security risks.
  • There have been protests across Mexico following petrol price rises announced on 1 January 2017. This has included the blocking of highways and looting. Avoid demonstrations and follow the advice of the local authorities if you’re in an area where a protest is taking place.
  • On 16 January 2017, there was a shooting at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen in Quintana Roo state. According to local authorities, foreign nationals were among the dead and injured.  Investigations are continuing. Australians in the affected area should follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Travellers should be aware of risk of violent crime and instances of civil unrest when travelling by road in rural areas.
  • You should be aware of your surroundings and exercise particular caution when travelling or walking alone at night as petty crime is common. Pickpockets have been known to target tourists at airports, bus terminals and on the metro in Mexico City. It is advisable to avoid displaying valuables. You should also be alert to criminals posing as police officers.
  • Travellers may become victims of violence directed against others. You should avoid all large public gatherings, protests and demonstrations as they may turn violent.
  • Since 2006, Mexico has experienced a dramatic increase in drug-related violence. Violent crime related to the drug trade, including murder, kidnapping and carjacking has become widespread, and Australians are advised to be vigilant.
  • The areas most affected by drug-related violence are the northern border states (Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas), the states along the Pacific coast (Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit and Sinaloa), the central region states (Durango, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas), the State of Mexico, and the State of Veracruz on the Gulf coast.
  • We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the State of Guerrero, except for the tourist areas of the cities of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Taxco, and the toll road to Taxco, due to the very high levels of violent crime and the volatile security situation. This includes Acapulco.
  • We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the State of Michoacán, except the cities of Morelia and Lázaro Cardenas, due to increasing organised crime and the volatile security situation in the state.
  • We have lowered the level for the Monarch butterfly reserves in the State of Michoacán, as the reserves are accessed from the State of Mexico and are insulated from the rest of the State of Michoacán.
  • We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the State of Tamaulipas due to the high levels of crime, including kidnapping and extortion.
  • We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains in southern Chihuahua State, north-eastern Sinaloa State, north-western Durango State and south eastern Sonora State, except for the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway, due to very high levels of violent crime and lawlessness.
  • The hurricane season is June to November when landslides, mudslides and flooding may occur. In the event of a hurricane, monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
Mexico

SRI LANKA

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Sri Lanka.
  • Some security forces maintain a visible presence, particularly in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Military and police checkpoints can be established and road closures can occur without warning.
  • Avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings as they may turn violent or be a target for politically-motivated attacks. Police have used tear gas in response to protests.
  • In both the Northern and Eastern Provinces you should stay on main roads and pay close attention to signs warning of danger from landmines.
  • Pay careful attention to the type of visa you apply for. Travellers risk deportation if they engage in activities outside their visa conditions.
  • All regions of Sri Lanka experience outbreaks of the mosquito-borne dengue fever. 47,182 suspected cases of dengue fever were reported throughout Sri Lanka in 2016. Approximately 50 per cent of these cases occurred in Western Province, where Colombo is located.
Sri Lanka

ARMENIA

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Armenia. Exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour as you would in Australia, and monitor the media and other sources for information on local travelling conditions.
  • Although generally peaceful, periodic protests in Yerevan, Gyumri and other major cities have the potential to escalate. You should avoid protests and large gatherings and closely monitor the media for the latest information.
  • We strongly advise you not to travel in the area of the closed Armenia-Azerbaijan border and ceasefire line because of sporadic clashes.
  • We strongly advise you not to travel to the Armenian-occupied enclave of Azerbaijan known as Nagorno-Karabakh and the military occupied area surrounding it because of the risk of armed conflict along the border and ceasefire line with Azerbaijan. A major violation of the ceasefire occurred in April 2016 resulting in dozens of fatalities and injuries.
  • The main road between Armenia and Georgia (Yerevan-Vanadzor-Alaverdi-Bagratashen) remains closed for maintenance until further notice. If travelling by road, you should consider alternative routes and seek local advice.
  • Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Armenia. The Australian Embassy in Russia provides consular assistance to Australians in Armenia.
Armenia

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in the United States. Exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for information on local travelling conditions.
  • The Presidential Inauguration will take place in Washington DC on Friday, 20 January 2017. Expect large crowds, congested public transportation and major traffic disruptions over the period 18-21 January.  Events are expected in other major US cities. Follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. We assess there is currently a heightened threat of terrorist attack in the United States caused by those motivated by extremists involved in the conflict in Syria and Iraq.
  • The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issues alerts for terrorism threats within the United States that can be accessed online through its National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS).
  • The United States has more violent crime than Australia, although it rarely involves tourists. Mass shootings continue to occur in public places.
  • There is ongoing transmission of Zika virus in parts of the United States, including southern Florida. Check the Australian Government Department of Health website for information regarding affected areas. Travellers can also obtain the latest information regarding affected areas in the United States at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention website.
  • Before boarding a United States-bound aircraft or vessel, all Australian passport-holders eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the official ESTA website.
  • With limited exceptions, Australians who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since 1 March 2011, must apply for a United States visa as they are no longer eligible to have an ESTA or enter the United States under the VWP. This also applies to dual nationals of some of these countries.
  • The United States introduced heightened security screening for passengers from some countries in July 2014. If you have a direct flight to the US, allow extra time for extended screenings and luggage checks at your airport of departure, and make sure electronic devices, including mobile phones, can be powered on. Powerless devices will not be permitted on board aircraft.
USA

FRANCE

  • We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in France due to the threat of terrorist attack. Be vigilant, follow the instructions of local authorities and follow the media for latest information on security. You should also subscribe to this travel advice for the latest updates.
  • There have been several major terrorist attacks in France. Since 2015, over 200 people have been killed and hundreds injured. ISIL has claimed responsibility for some of these attacks. Future attacks are likely.
  • A state of emergency which gives the French authorities additional powers to manage the security situation has been extended until 15 July 2017. Large public gatherings are restricted. Access to public areas may be restricted.
  • French authorities have also announced border controls at some entry points into France. Travellers should expect increased security checks at borders, including the checking and recording of identification.
  • As of 15 January 2017, new regulations have been implemented for unaccompanied minors departing France.
  • Due to scams, exercise caution when booking travel by choosing reputable travel providers. Avoid providing your identity details to unknown sources. We have had reports of accommodation scams resulting in identity thefts.
  • Protect your personal belongings at all times, especially your passport. Petty crime, including bag snatching and pickpocketing, is a serious problem in tourist areas and on public transport.
  • Regular demonstrations, occur regularly in major cities around France. Avoid protests and public demonstrations.
France

ITALY

Latest advice 20 January 2017

Several strong earthquakes were felt in central Italy on 18 and 19 January 2017 in the regions of Lazio (including Rome), Abruzzo and Marche. Expect aftershocks. On 19 January, an earthquake-triggered avalanche buried a hotel in the Abruzzo region, reportedly causing a number of casualties (see Additional information). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Italy.

 

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Italy. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.
  • During Italy’s summer/autumn tourist season, there is a marked increase in the incidence of theft, particularly bag snatching, pickpocketing, and vehicle break-ins. When using public transport, including buses, trains and metro, pay close attention to your personal belongings as pickpocketing is very common on public transport and around transport hubs.
  • Several strong earthquakes were felt in central Italy on 18 and 19 January 2017 in the regions of Lazio (including Rome), Abruzzo and Marche. Expect aftershocks. On 19 January, an earthquake-triggered avalanche buried a hotel in the Abruzzo region, reportedly causing a number of casualties.
  • Italy is located in an active seismic region and experiences a number of earthquakes each year. Significant earthquakes occur occasionally, resulting in damage to infrastructure, homes, property and causing injuries and death. If you are in an affected area, monitor media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.
  • You should avoid protests and large public gatherings as they may turn violent and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
  • There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe. In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities.
Italy

THE GAMBIA

Latest advice 19 January 2017

There is a heightened risk of unrest due to the refusal of President Jammeh to stand down. A state of emergency was declared across the country on 17 January 2017. We now advise Australians to reconsider all travel to The Gambia due to the deteriorating political situation and the potential for civil unrest. If you are in The Gambia, you should consider leaving by commercial means while options remain.  If you chose to stay, remain in a safe place and minimise movement (see Safety and security).

Reconsider your need to travel to The Gambia due to the deteriorating political situation and the potential for civil unrest. If you are in The Gambia, you should consider leaving by commercial means while options remain.

 

The incumbent President, Yahya Jammeh, continues to dispute the results of the 1 December 2016 election. On 17 January 2017, a state of emergency was declared across the country. This gives authorities additional powers, including to impose curfews, restrict movement and public gatherings, carry out searches and arbitrary arrests, and order the closure of services.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has stated it may intervene, including through possible military action, if President Jammeh does not stand down. The potential for unrest is high and may lead to the closure of departure options including Banjul International Airport, seaports and land crossings.

Remain in a safe place and minimise movement. Play close attention to your personal security at all times. Monitor the media and other sources of information for latest developments. Follow advice of local authorities.

Avoid all protests, rallies and political events as they may turn violent without warning.

Reconsider your need to travel overland to and from The Gambia through the Casamance region in southern Senegal because of the unpredictable security situation and the risk of attack by armed bandits.

Australia does not have an Embassy or Consulate in The Gambia. The Canadian Embassy located in Dakar, Senegal, can provide consular assistance to Australians in The Gambia. This service includes the issuance of Provisional Travel Documents. The Australian High Commission in Nigeria can also assist Australians.

The Gambia

Côte d’Ivoire

Latest advice 19 January 2017

Protests by members of the armed forces, the public sector and students are taking place across the country, including Abidjan and Yamoussoukro. Gunfire has been reported. Avoid military bases, large crowds and demonstrations. Monitor local media and follow instructions given by local authorities (see Safety and security). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Côte d’Ivoire overall. Higher levels apply in some regions.

 

  • We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Côte d’Ivoire due to the unpredictable security environment and the high risk of crime. You should pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for possible new safety or security risks.
  • Protests by members of the armed forces, the public sector and students are taking place across the country, including Abidjan and Yamoussoukro. Gunfire has been reported. Avoid military bases, large crowds and demonstrations. Monitor local media and follow instructions given by local authorities.
  • On 13 March 2016 there was a terrorist attack in the vicinity of Grand Bassam resort, near Abidjan, resulting in 18 deaths, including a number of foreigners. There is an increased risk of further attacks. See Safety and Security.
  • We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the regions of Dix-Huit Montagnes, Haut-Sassandra, Moyen-Cavally and Bas-Sassandra. The security situation in these regions is unstable because of inter-communal tensions and the presence of armed militias in the proximity of the Liberian border.
  • There is a risk of violent crime throughout Côte d’Ivoire, including in the major city of Abidjan, especially at night. Plan road journeys carefully.
  • Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Côte d’Ivoire. The Canadian Embassy located in Abidjan provides consular assistance to Australians in Côte d’Ivoire. This service includes the issuance of Provisional Travel Documents. The Australian High Commission in Accra, Ghana, can also assist Australians in Côte d’Ivoire.
Cote dIvoire

INDIA

We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in India because of the high threat of terrorist activity, civil unrest and crime, and the high rate of vehicle accidents. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.

  • On 31 December 2016, the United States, United Kingdom and Israel all issued warnings of terror threats to areas frequented by foreigners.  Areas in southwest India, resorts, beaches, and festivals were listed among those areas where travellers should maintain a high level vigilance.
  • As of November 2016, information suggests that terrorists may be seeking to target westerners, including Australians, in India. Travellers should maintain heightened vigilance in public places at this time.
  • On 1 November, the US Government warned of an increased threat of terrorist attack to places in India frequented by Westerners, such as religious sites, markets and festivals.
  • We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks in India, including in regions frequented by Westerners. We assess that attacks could occur anywhere at any time with little or no warning, including in locations frequented by Australians.
  • Safety of women is a concern in India. Women should take particular care in all parts of India and exercise caution, even if they are travelling in a group.
  • Violent protests and demonstrations occur sporadically throughout India.
  • Indian authorities have replaced withdrawn 500 and 1,000 rupee notes with new 500 and 2,000 rupee notes. Withdrawals from ATMs are subject to a daily limit of 10,000 rupees (around $A200), although some ATMs may still experience cash shortages.
  • Use electronic payments such as bank and credit cards wherever possible. Due to the ongoing uncertainty of obtaining cash, ensure your trip is planned in such a way so as not to depend on the availability of cash. Consider bringing foreign currency such as $US and Euros to change for local currency.  Foreigners are permitted to exchange foreign currency up to 5,000 rupees (around $A100) per week at banks and foreign exchange bureaus. Be aware that some travellers have reported difficulties in exchanging Australian $100 notes for local currency in India.
  • Australians must obtain a visa before travelling to India. Eligible Australians may apply electronically in advance for an e-Tourist Visa (eTV) for single-entry visits of 30 days or less. eTV holders can enter at a limited number of immigrations ports. All other Australian visa applicants need to make an appointment online prior to submitting their visa application.
  • Driving in India is unpredictable and the number of road traffic deaths is high.
  • Air quality in India varies considerably, especially in winter, with major cities experiencing very high levels of seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution which can be harmful to certain sensitive groups. You should seek medical advice if you intend to visit India and are concerned about the effects of air pollution.
  • There are several regions of India where we advise Australians to reconsider your need to travel, or avoid all travel.
India

CAMEROON

  • We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Cameroon because of the high levels of serious crime and the threat of terrorist attacks. Violent crime is common in residential centres and on rural highways. Armed bandits operate throughout the country. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
  •  There is an increased risk of demonstrations and protests in Cameroon. Monitor local media, exercise vigilance and avoid protests and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent. Follow all instructions issued by local authorities.
  •  Do not travel to the Far North region and to within 40 kilometres of the borders with Central African Republic, Chad and Nigeria’s Adamawa state because of the threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping and armed banditry.
  • There is a very high threat of kidnapping in the Far North and North regions, where the militant group Boko Haram is active. Foreigners were kidnapped from the Far North region in 2013 and 2014.
  •  Do not travel to the border region with Nigeria’s Adamawa regions because of the threat of kidnapping and the possibility of terrorist attack by Boko Haram militants from neighbouring Nigeria.
  •  Reconsider your need to travel elsewhere in North and Adamaoua regions due to the terrorism threat.
  • We strongly advise you not to travel to within 40 kilometres of the border with Nigeria in the region of the Bakassi Peninsula because of the possibility of localised violence.
  • Australia has a Consulate in Cameroon headed by an Honorary Consul who can provide limited consular assistance. The Australian High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, provides full consular assistance to Australians in Cameroon.
Cameroon

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