Today we acknowledge the 20th anniversary of 9/11. On that day nearly 3,000 innocent people died, including 10 Australians, in the most devastating terrorist attack in the US.
Terrorists continue to carry out attacks around the world. Terrorists may target places associated with foreigners or Westerners. Crowded places remain attractive terrorist targets and do not require advanced capability to attack. Be cautious around locations likely to be possible terrorist targets.
Reducing your risk
The Australian Government can't guarantee your safety and security in another country. To reduce your risk of being caught in a terrorist incident:
- be alert to possible threats, especially in public places or mass gatherings
- report anything suspicious to police
- monitor the news for any new threats
- take official warnings seriously
- follow the instructions of local authorities
If there's a terrorist attack or incident, leave the immediate area as soon as it's safe. If the incident isn't in your immediate vicinity, avoid the area where it happened and monitor the media for updates.
- See our general information and advice on terrorism worldwide.
- See our general advice on what to do when there’s a terrorist situation nearby.
- We regularly update travel advisories. Especially if we confirm there's an increased risk of terrorism. To stay informed, subscribe for updates.
- Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can’t do to help you overseas.
To contact the Australian Government in an emergency:
- Contact the nearest Australian embassy, high commission or consulate.
- Phone the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas.