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News from 2014
- From 5 December 2014 it will be an offence for Australians to enter or remain in the Syrian province of al-Raqqa which has been declared by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, as an area in which listed terrorist organisation is engaging in a hostile activity. Further information on the declaration of al-Raqqa and its implications for Australians considering travelling to Syria 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.
- 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."
- The Australian Government has introduced a suite of reforms focused on the prevention and disruption of domestic terrorist threats in the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Act 2014. The reforms will make it an offence for Australians to enter or remain in an area overseas which has been declared by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in which a listed terrorist organisation is engaging in a hostile activity.
- 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.
- The Australian Government is considering creating a new offence of entering, or remaining in, a declared area overseas where listed terrorist organisations are engaging in hostile activities without a legitimate purpose.
- On 12 September 2014, the Government raised the domestic National Terrorism Public Alert level to High. This represents the assessed risk of terrorist threat within Australia. It does not relate to the risks faced by Australians when travelling overseas, which are covered in the travel advisories on this site. Heightened security arrangements are in place at Australia's international airports.
News from 2013
- New business travel advice includes information about overseas travel risks that employers and business travellers should consider, and case studies of risk mitigation measures applied for short and long-term overseas travel.
- The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is inviting public input into the development of a Consular Strategy for the period 2014-16. Public submissions can be made until 31 January 2014.
- Natalie Hensby, a young Aussie who was pulled unconscious and seriously injured from the water after a horrifying boat crash in Thailand, features in our latest Smartraveller TV ad. Thanks to her comprehensive travel insurance she received the best possible medical care and made a full recovery. “Travel insurance didn’t just save me $100 000, it saved my life”.
- Are you (or your kids) heading overseas celebrate the end of school? Whether planning to party or volunteer, take a look at our Schoolies/Leavers page to find out what you should know and do before you go.
- Volunteering overseas can be a very rewarding experience. Take a look at our tips for ensuring your volunteering experience is safe ethical and worthwhile.
- Our advice on partying safely overseas has been updated. Take a look at our latest tips for staying safe and keeping out of trouble.
- Smartraveller is now on Twitter! Follow us for travel advice updates and other hot tips for staying safe and well overseas. You can also join us on Facebook and check out our videos on YouTube.
- If you are going to be overseas on election day, Saturday 7 September 2013, you can still have your say in the Australian federal election. See our Federal election bulletin for more information.
- Help us improve our Smartraveller app! Whether or not you have the app, or even have a compatible device, we'd love to hear your views via this super-short survey.
- Smartraveller 'Travel Tales' Competition winners. Thank you to all the people who entered the Smartraveller 'Travel Tales' Competition. The competition attracted a wide range of heart-tugging, hilarious, terrifying, and gut-wrenching travel stories. Congratulations to the winners:
- First place: Natalie Hensby
- Second place: Deborah Sugden
- Third place: Alison Burdon
News from 2012
- Have you seen Erin's story? Do you have your own tale to tell? Share your travel tales for the chance to win a share of $6000 in travel vouchers. Enter our competition and tell us how you were a Smartraveller or how you wished you had taken Smartraveller precautions. For more info see our travel tales competition website.
- Smartraveller is on Facebook. Join us for travel advice updates and tips on travelling safely while still having fun.
- The Smartraveller iPhone app is now available in the App Store. The app features location aware travel advice updates and access to Smartraveller advice without the need for an internet connection, along with easy repeat travel registration using saved information.
- Information for dual nationals, travelling seniors and on staying well overseas is now available in seven languages other than English: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi and Indonesian
- Did you know that it is illegal to take Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines out of Australia unless the medicine is for your personal use, or the personal use of someone travelling with you? Learn more on our prescription medicines page.
- Travelling to Turkey or France for ANZAC Day? Be sure to read and subscribe to our ANZAC Day travel advice before you go.
- Australians affected by the cancellation of Air Australia services from Phuket, Denpasar and Honolulu should get in touch with their travel agent and/or insurance company to organise alternative flights. See our travel bulletin for more information.
- The Attorney-General has announced that from 1 February 2012 Australians seeking to enter into a same-sex marriage overseas will be able to apply for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage.
- Travelling to Thailand? Take a look at our new Visiting Thailand video and don't forget to read our travel advice for Thailand. If you'd like to view all our travel advice videos, take a look at the playlists on our video page.
News from 2011
- Are you a Child Support customer heading overseas at Christmas? Child Support (CS) reminds customers travelling overseas this holiday season to make sure their child support payments are up to date. For more information, see our Children page.
- Take a look at our three new TV ads on YouTube. They highlight the importance of registering your travel plans, reading and subscribing to our travel advice, and taking out comprehensive travel insurance before you leave Australia.
- Our free online learning for travel agents is now available. The program is designed for travel agents but is available to anyone who would like to learn more about Smartraveller and the consular services provided the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- We now feature videos in selected travel advisories filmed by our counsular officers. If you'd like to view all our travel advice videos, take a look at the playlists on our video page. We'll be adding new videos from time to time, so check back soon if you'd like to see more.
- Notice something different? Read all about our new website, TV ads and more. We welcome your feedback, so let us know what you think.