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The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update ( 8 Oct 2015 16:31:34 EST):

 

MALDIVES - SAFETY & SECURITY


 Current Advice Level: "Exercise normal safety precautions" Change Summary: Terrorist attacks could occur in the Maldives, including against Maldivian institutions and tourist locations frequented by westerners (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution on Malé Island, and to exercise normal safety precautions elsewhere in the Maldives.

 


 

The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update (12 Oct 2015 15:50:33 EST):



PHILLIPINES - TYPHOON KOPPU

 

Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution" Change Summary: Typhoon Koppu (Lando) made landfall in central and northern Luzon on 18 October. Some domestic flights have been cancelled. If you are in affected areas, follow the advice of local authorities (see Additional information). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

 


 

INDIA, THAILAND, NEPAL, CAMBODIA - Travelling for Surrogacy

 

On 25 August 2015, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued an interim order to immediately halt commercial surrogacy services in Nepal.

 

In November 2014, Cambodian authorities advised the Australian Government that the act of commercial surrogacy, or commissioning commercial surrogacy, was illegal in Cambodia with penalties including imprisonment and fines Australians are advised not to visit Cambodia for the purpose of engaging in commercial surrogacy arrangements

 

On 19 February 2015, the Thai Parliament passed legislation banning commercial surrogacy.

 

India requires that Australians undertaking travel to India for the purpose of surrogacy obtain an Indian medical visa.

 

 


The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update ( 8 Oct 2015 13:10:12 EST):

 

PHILIPPINES - SAFETY & SECURITY

 

Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution" Change Summary: There remains a persistent high threat of kidnapping in Mindanao. Three foreigners were kidnapped near Davao in September 2015 and another foreigner was taken in Dipolog in October 2015 (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

 


The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update ( 9 Oct 2015 10:07:30 EST):

 

VANUATU - SAFETY & SECURITY


Current Advice Level: "Exercise normal safety precautions"
Change Summary:  Following a high-profile court case in Port Vila on 9 October, you should monitor the media for latest information and avoid any large crowds (see Safety and security). This advisory contains updated information on the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam. The level of advice has not changed.  We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Vanuatu. 

 


The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update ( 8 Oct 2015 16:32:37 EST):

 

VANUATU - SAFETY & SECURITY


Current Advice Level: "Exercise normal safety precautions" Change Summary: At 2pm on Friday 9 October, the judgement of a major court case is expected to be delivered at the Supreme Court in Port Vila, approximately 200m from the Australian High Commission. You should avoid the vicinity of the court and any large crowds. The Australian High Commission can be contacted on +678 22777 for consular assistance by phone (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Vanuatu.

 


 

The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update ( 6 Oct 2015 18:14:14 EST):

 

NEPAL - SOCIAL INTEREST


Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution" Change Summary: Protests in Nepals southern provinces bordering India have resulted in a shortage of fuel and other essential supplies throughout Nepal. If you are planning on travelling to Nepal we suggest you contact your tour provider to assess if your tour will be affected by the fuel shortages (See safety and security).The overall level for Nepal remains at exercise a high degree of caution.

 

 


 

The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update (30 Sep 2015 13:22:44 EST):

 

CHINA - SAFETY & SECURITY


Current Advice Level: "Exercise normal safety precautions" Change Summary: This advice has been reviewed and updated. It contains updated information about scams in Shanghai (see Safety and security). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in China overall and to exercise a high degree of caution in Tibet and Xinjiang.

 


 

The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update ( 5 Aug 2015 11:57:19 EST):

 

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - SAFETY & SECURITY

 

Current Advice Level: "Do not travel" Change Summary: This advice has new information about the recent deterioration in the security situation. The level of the travel advice has not changed. We continue to strongly advise you not to travel to the Central African Republic.

 


 

The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update (19 Sep 2015 19:48:44 EST):

 

NEPAL - SOCIAL INTEREST

 
Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution" Change Summary: The Supreme Court of Nepal has issued an interim order to immediately halt commercial surrogacy services in Nepal. The status of surrogacy arrangements commissioned prior to 25 August is unclear, and the Australian Government is seeking to clarify this with Nepalese authorities. Australians who have already begun the surrogacy process in Nepal should be aware that there may be delays in departing Nepal with your child (see under Laws). The overall level for Nepal remains at exercise a high degree of caution.

 


 

The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update (17 Aug 2015 15:18:13 EST):

 

COLOMBIA - SAFETY & SECURITY

 

Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution" Change Summary: Since August 2015, there have been increased tensions on the Venezuela-Colombia border. The Venezuelan Government has closed the border with Colombia indefinitely due to security and smuggling concerns. You should not attempt to cross the Venezuela-Colombia border by land (see Safety and security). The levels in this advice have not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Colombia overall. 

 


 

 The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update (29 Jun 2015 18:02:58 EST):

 

TIMOR LESTE - SAFETY & SECURITY


 Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution" Change Summary: There have been numerous cases of sexual harassment of foreign women. Be particularly careful in isolated areas and travel in groups where practical. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Timor-Leste.

 


Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - This Bulletin was last issued on Friday, 25 September 2015, 10:06:12, EST. On 24 September 2015,

 

SAUDI ARABIA - HAJJ - MASS ACCIDENT / INCIDENT

 

There was a stampede at the Hajj involving hundreds of deaths and injuries. Our Embassy in Riyadh is in contact with Saudi authorities to establish if any Australians have been affected. Any Australians concerned for family or friends should try to contact them directly. If you are still worried about their welfare, you can call our Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 

 

On 24 September 2015, there was a stampede at the Hajj involving hundreds of deaths and injuries. Our Embassy in Riyadh is in contact with Saudi authorities to establish if any Australians have been affected. Any Australians concerned for family or friends should try to contact them directly. If you are still worried about their welfare, you can call our Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305

 

Australians planning to attend this year's annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, expected to fall between 20 and 25 September 2015, should familiarise themselves with our travel advice for Saudi Arabia, which advises Australians to reconsider your need to travel to Saudi Arabia at this time due to the threat of terrorist attack.

 


The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update (17 Sep 2015 07:49:49 EST):

 

MALAYSIA - SAFETY & SECURITY

 

Current Advice Level: "Exercise normal safety precautions" Change Summary: Due to a terrorism threat, Australians are advised to avoid Kuala Lumpur's Jalan Alor (Alor Street) and the immediate surrounding areas on Thursday 24 September. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider the need to travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah, and to exercise normal security precautions in Malaysia overall.

 



23.9.15: - The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update (23 Jun 2015 13:46:24 EST):

 

PHILIPPINES - SAFETY & SECURITY


Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution" Change Summary: On 21 September 2015, three foreign tourists were reportedly kidnapped from a resort on Samal island, near Davao City in Davao del Norte. Investigations into the incident are ongoing (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines. We continue to strongly advise you not to travel to central and western Mindanao, including the Zamboanga Peninsula and Sulu Archipelago and in the southern Sulu Sea area, due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping, violent crime and violent clashes between armed groups. We continue to advise you to reconsider your need to travel to eastern Mindanao.

 


  

23.9.15: - The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update ( 9 Sep 2015 12:43:46 EST):

 

INDONESIA - SAFETY & SECURITY

 
 Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution" Change Summary: There have been a number of recent security incidents in West Jakarta, West Java and Central Sulawesi (see Safety and security). The overall level of advice has not changed. We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali.

 


 

21.9.15

Minimum Disruption as International Airport Staff Strike

Department of Immigration and Border Protection employees will strike today from 7am - 9am and 7pm -9pm. The Australian Government is acting to minimise any consequential disruptions.

 


 

 

TSUNAMI ALERT

 

Marshall Islands, Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu,

 

Exercise Normal Safety Precautions

 

Change Summary: A tsunami of between 30-100 centimetres above tide levels may occur in the above regions following an 8.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile in the evening of 16 September(EST). The wave is expected to pass at approximately 1620hrs UTC on 17 September. You should follow local sources of information on latest developments and heed any instructions issued by local authorities. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the regions mentioned.

  


 
 
 

  

The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update ( 9 Sep 2015 09:54:14 EST):

 

CHILE - EARTHQUAKE

Current Advice Level: "Exercise normal safety precautions"

 

Change Summary: An 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on 16 September (local time). Tsunamis and aftershocks are possible. You should follow local sources of information on latest developments and heed any instructions issued by local authorities (see Additional information). This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of the advice has not changed.  We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Chile.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update ( 3 Sep 2015 09:02:30 EST):

 

MALAYSIA - SOCIAL UNREST


Current Advice Level: "Exercise normal safety precautions"


Change Summary: Large demonstrations are planned for 16 September 2015 in Kuala Lumpur and other cities. You should avoid protests as they may turn violent and involve arrests. Australians are advised to monitor the local media for latest developments and follow the instructions of local authorities (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah, including islands, dive sites and associated tourist facilities, due to the high threat of kidnapping. Australians should exercise normal security precautions in Malaysia overall. 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update (24 Jul 2015 18:08:10 EST):

 

MALDIVES - SOCIAL UNREST

 

Current Advice Level: "Exercise normal safety precautions"

 

Change Summary: An opposition rally is expected to occur on 11 September 2015 in Malé, the island capital. Smaller demonstrations are expected to take place across the country at similar times. Australians in Maldives should avoid all demonstrations, protests, and large public gatherings, particularly in Malé, as they may turn violent. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution on Malé Island, and to exercise normal safety precautions elsewhere in the Maldives.