Smart Traveller

Quick Start Guide

SmartTraveller.gov.au is a comprehensive and user-friendly website provided by the Australian Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade designed to assist travelers with essential information and advice before embarking on their journeys.

To make the most of this valuable resource, users can follow these steps: Firstly, visit the website and explore the homepage, which provides a brief overview of current travel alerts and important updates. To delve into specific topics, utilise the navigation menu located at the top of the page. By clicking on the “Destinations” option, travelers can access a list of countries, each with detailed travel advice, safety tips, and cultural insights.

For information on necessary travel documents and visa requirements, simply click on the “Passports and Visas” section. Additionally, the “Health” section offers essential health and vaccination recommendations for various destinations. To stay updated with travel warnings and emergencies, visitors can access the “Latest News” category. SmartTraveller.gov.au’s navigation menu proves to be an invaluable tool for travelers seeking specific and relevant information to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

Latest Updates

  • No travel advice
    by Smartraveller on July 20, 2024
  • French Polynesia
    by Smartraveller on July 19, 2024

    Teahupo’o will host Olympic Games surfing events between 27 July - 5 August. There's likely to be extra demands on local infrastructure and resources, as well as traffic congestion. Make early preparations if you are visiting Teahupo’o and Papeete during this time. We advise: Exercise normal safety precautions in French Polynesia.

  • Slovakia
    by Smartraveller on July 19, 2024

    The US Embassy in Slovakia has issued a security alert about potential violent attacks against LGBTQIA+ persons at the 2024 Bratislava pride events from 19-21 July. See the US Embassy Security Alert in the 'Safety overview' section. Terrorism is a global threat and could occur anywhere at any time, including in Slovakia. Terrorists may target tourist areas or other places frequented by foreigners. Be alert to possible threats. Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of local authorities. We advise: Exercise normal safety precautions in Slovakia.

  • Bangladesh
    by Smartraveller on July 19, 2024

    There's ongoing student demonstrations in Bangladesh, with violent clashes reported throughout Dhaka and other cities. Traffic delays and public transport disruptions are likely. Flights could be cancelled at short notice. There's also disruption to communication services. Avoid large gatherings, including protests, demonstrations and rallies. These can turn violent without warning. Be aware of your surroundings, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities (see 'Safety'). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Bangladesh overall due to the threat of terrorism and civil unrest. Higher levels apply in some areas.  

  • Latvia
    by Smartraveller on July 19, 2024

    We continue to advise exercise normal safety precautions in Latvia. We also continue to advise reconsider your need to travel to areas near the border with Belarus. We advise: Exercise normal safety precautions overall in Latvia. Higher levels apply in some areas.

  • Kenya
    by Smartraveller on July 19, 2024

    We've reviewed our advice and continue to advise exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime. Higher levels apply in some areas. Anti-government demonstrations are occurring in several cities in Kenya, including Nairobi. Security forces have been deployed across the country. The use of rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannons and live ammunition has resulted in fatalities and injuries. Road closures and traffic disruptions may occur at short notice. Access to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport may be affected. Opportunistic crime including looting, robberies and assaults may occur. Avoid large gatherings, monitor the media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities (see 'Safety'). Terrorists continue to maintain a strong interest in attacking foreigners in Nairobi and other major population centres in Kenya. Attacks could occur at any time, with little or no warning. Avoid areas prone to attack and remain vigilant if visiting public areas (see 'Safety'). To enter Kenya, you need to apply online for an electronic travel authorisation prior to travel (see 'Travel'). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime.Higher levels apply in some areas.

  • Honduras
    by Smartraveller on July 19, 2024

    We've reviewed our advice for Honduras and continue to advise exercise a high degree of caution due to the threat of violent crime. To enter Honduras, you must purchase a tourist card at the airport. If you're not a tourist or you plan to stay longer, you'll need a visa (see Travel). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Honduras overall due to the threat of violent crime. Higher levels apply in some areas.

  • Timor-Leste
    by Smartraveller on July 19, 2024

    Pope Francis will visit Timor-Leste from 9 to 11 September, and a large number of pilgrims are expected to visit Dili for this event. There's likely to be extra demands on local infrastructure and resources. Make early preparations if you're visiting Dili during this time (see 'Travel'). You can get a 30-day visa on arrival if you visit as a tourist and arrive via Nicolau Lobato International Airport or Dili Seaport. If you enter at another location or by land, you'll need to get a visa before arrival (see 'Travel'). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Timor-Leste due to the threat of crime and limited healthcare options.