Smartraveller: The Australian Government's travel advisory and consular assistance service
Latest travel advice updates
- Botswana - updated 27 February 2015
- Niger - updated 27 February 2015
- Haiti - updated 27 February 2015
- Jordan - updated 27 February 2015
- China - updated 25 February 2015
- Burma (Myanmar) - updated 25 February 2015
- Afghanistan - updated 25 February 2015
Latest travel bulletin updates
The Consular Strategy 2014-16 sets the department's consular priorities for the next three years and beyond. Focusing on assisting Australians to self-help when travelling abroad, it provides the framework for maintaining Australia's world class standard of consular services. The revised Consular Services Charter outlines the consular services and assistance provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- Since 5 December 2014, it has been an offence for Australians to enter, or remain in, the Syrian province of al-Raqqa after it was declared by the Minister for Foreign Affairs as an area in which a listed terrorist organisation is engaging in a hostile activity. On 23 February 2015, the Prime Minister announced that the Government is looking at also declaring the Mosul district in Iraq's Ninewa province. Further information on the declared areas offence and its implications for Australians considering travelling to Syria and Iraq can be found on the Australian National Security website.
- On 3 December 2014, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop launched the Consular Strategy 2014-16 along with a revised Consular Services Charter, which outlines the consular services and assistance provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Foreign Minister explains that Australian travellers need to become more self-reliant.
- On 23 October 2014, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop launched the CHOICE travel insurance buying guide. In an interview on Today the Minister said, "If you can't afford travel insurance you can't afford to travel overseas. We urge all Australians travelling overseas to take out comprehensive travel insurance otherwise you might find yourself with significant medical bills or hospital bills if something should happen to you, and when you take out travel insurance make sure you take out the right insurance that covers the activities you're likely to be undertaking."
- On 12 September 2014, the Government raised the domestic National Terrorism Public Alert level to High. This represents the assessed threat of terrorist attack within Australia. Heightened security arrangements are in place at Australia's international airports. Consider giving yourself extra time to clear security formalities at airports.