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Mexico

September 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Mexico

Tropical Storm Norma is forecast to become a hurricane and bring hazardous weather conditions to north-western states from 17 September 2017. Expect high winds and heavy rainfall. Flooding and landslides are possible, particularly in mountainous regions. Transport, power and telecommunications systems could be affected in some areas. Contact your airline or tour operator to check if tourist services have been affected. Monitor local news and follow the advice of local authorities (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.

Laos

September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Laos

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.

Lebanon

September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Lebanon

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.  

Dominican Republic

September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Dominican Republic

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.

Cuba

September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Cuba

​​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.

Vietnam

September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Vietnam

This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Vietnam.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Bosnia and Herzegovina

This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Russia

September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Russia

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 un...

Italy

September 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Italy

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.

Bangladesh

September 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Bangladesh

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.

Kosovo

September 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Kosovo

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 leve...

Afghanistan

September 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Afghanistan

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 Intern...

United States of America

September 13th, 2017|Comments Off on United States of America

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.

Taiwan

September 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Taiwan

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. 

New Caledonia

September 12th, 2017|Comments Off on New Caledonia

This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in New Caledonia.