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 April 16, 2024
  • New Zealand
    by Smartraveller on April 16, 2024

    We continue to advise exercise normal safety precautions. We advise: Exercise normal safety precautions in New Zealand.

  • Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
    by Smartraveller on April 15, 2024

    There’s an increased threat of military and terrorist attacks against Israel and Israeli interests across the region. The security situation could deteriorate quickly, with little or no notice. This may also result in airspace closures, flight cancellations and diversions and other travel disruptions. Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport is open and commercial flights are available. Israel has a naval blockade in place. Don't join others to try to break the naval blockade. Terrorist attacks can occur anywhere at any time. There are ongoing threats of rocket attacks. Be alert to personal safety risks. Monitor local media and public safety information updates through the National Emergency Portal (accessible in Israel only). We continue to advise reconsider your need to travel overall due to the volatile security situation including the threat of terrorism, armed conflict and civil unrest. We continue to advise do not travel to Gaza, border areas with Gaza, border areas with Lebanon closed by Israeli authorities and the West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem), due to the volatile security situation. If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident in Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories, you can register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's crisis registration portal. See the 'Safety' section for details on how to register. Keep your registration details up to date so we can contact you. Due to the current security environment, and as a precaution, Australian government officials and their dependents posted in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have been directed not to travel outside the greater Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Ramallah regions. We advise: Reconsider your need to travel to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories overall due to the volatile security situation, including the threat of terrorism, armed conflict and civil unrest.  Higher levels apply in some areas.

  • Lebanon
    by Smartraveller on April 15, 2024

    We continue to advise do not travel to Lebanon due to the volatile security situation and the risk of the security situation deteriorating further. Increased tensions in the Middle East may result in airspace closures, flight cancellations and diversions and other travel disruptions. If the security situation in Lebanon deteriorates, it’s likely that Beirut airport will close at short notice and you may be unable to leave for an extended period. Australians in Lebanon who wish to leave, should leave now while commercial flights remain available. There's a possibility of an increase in armed conflict that could affect wider areas of Lebanon. If the security situation deteriorates and there is armed conflict, the Australian Government may not be able to assist you to leave in such circumstances. See our advice on ‘Armed conflict’ in ‘Safety’. Daily military action is occurring in southern Lebanon, including rocket and missile fire, as well as airstrikes. The situation could escalate quickly or spread to other areas in Lebanon, including Beirut. This could affect your ability to move to safety. Avoid areas where military activity is ongoing. Terrorist attacks could occur anytime and anywhere, including in Beirut. If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident in Lebanon, you can register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's crisis registration portal. See the 'Safety' section for details on how to register. Keep your registration details up to date so we can contact you. If you need emergency consular assistance, contact the Australian Government's Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 (if you're overseas) or 1300 555 135 (in Australia). Due to the current security environment, and as a precaution, Australian government officials and their dependents posted in Lebanon have been directed not to travel outside the greater Beirut region. We now advise: Do not travel to Lebanon due to the volatile security situation and the risk of the security situation deteriorating further.  

  • Senegal
    by Smartraveller on April 15, 2024

    We've reviewed our advice for Senegal and continue to advise exercise a high degree of caution. Recent protests across Senegal have turned violent, resulting in several deaths and injuries. Avoid protests and public gatherings, limit unnecessary travel and remain vigilant. Mobile communications may be disrupted without notice. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media for updates. The Australian High Commission in Accra currently has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in Senegal. Check the latest information for travel to and from Senegal (see 'Travel’). The Canadian Embassy can provide limited emergency consular assistance to Australians (see 'Local contacts'). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Senegal overall due to the risk of civil unrest. Higher levels apply.

  • Zimbabwe
    by Smartraveller on April 15, 2024

    We’ve reviewed our advice for Zimbabwe and continue to advise exercise a high degree of caution due to the threat of crime and the risk of civil unrest. Zimbabwe has introduced a new local currency, Zimbabwe Gold (ZiG). USD is widely accepted, but this could change with little notice (see 'Travel'). Frequent and lengthy power outages and water shortages are possible. Demonstrations and protests in Zimbabwe can be unpredictable and may turn violent quickly. Avoid activities that could be considered political and stay away from protests and demonstrations. During periods of unrest, monitor local media, avoid affected areas and follow advice from local authorities (see ‘Safety’). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Zimbabwe due to the threat of crime and the risk of civil unrest.

  • Ecuador
    by Smartraveller on April 15, 2024

    We continue to advise exercise a high degree of caution overall due to the threat of violent crime in Ecuador. Higher levels apply in some areas. Ecuador has declared a state of "internal armed conflict" due to crime. You should always carry your ID, expect increased police and military presence, and follow the instructions of local authorities. If you're entering via land or river borders from Peru or Colombia, you must present an apostilled police check covering the previous 5 years (See 'Safety' and 'Travel'). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Ecuador overall due to the threat of violent crime. Higher levels apply in some areas.

  • Kyrgyz Republic
    by Smartraveller on April 15, 2024

    We've reviewed our advice for the Kyrgyz Republic and continue to advise exercise a high degree of caution. Higher levels apply in some areas. Visa-free entry is available for Australians. Entry requirements can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to confirm entry requirements. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Kyrgyz Republic overall due to the risk of civil unrest and the threat of terrorism and violent crime. Higher levels apply in some areas.