• Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. The threat in some destinations is very high. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are actively planning attacks. See Safety and Security: Terrorism (below) and our country specific travel advisories for details of terrorist threats to specific locations and types of venues.
  • Violent and petty crime occurs in many countries. You should familiarise yourself with the types of crime that may occur and locations where you may be particularly at risk.
  • You should avoid demonstrations and protests as they may turn violent. In periods surrounding elections, unrest and violent protests can occur.
  • When you are overseas, local laws apply to you and penalties, particularly for drug-related offences, can be severe and may include the death penalty. The Australian Government can’t get you out of jail.
  • Transport safety standards vary widely. You should understand the risks and plan your travel accordingly.
  • Be aware that in some locations there is a risk to travellers from water-borne, food-borne and other infectious diseases, as well as malaria and other insect-borne diseases. See your doctor or travel clinic for information on preventive measures, immunisations and disease outbreaks overseas. Our Health page has information on staying well overseas.
  • Many Australians are affected by natural disasters and health emergencies overseas each year. You should monitor the media, be aware of emerging risks and take appropriate precautions.
  • Travel insurance policies may not provide cover if an incident occurred while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Advice for young travellers (including Schoolies, gap year travellers and volunteers)and for business travellers is available.
  • Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:

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