With the world of travel opening up, many Australians are heading overseas again, whether for business, holidays or visiting family and friends.
Unfortunately, no matter why or where you're travelling, there remains a threat of terrorism. You may not want to think about it, but the better prepared you are, the safer and more enjoyable your travel will be.
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Locations terrorists often target
Terrorists increasingly use different methods of attack, including knives and blunt objects, firearms, explosives and vehicles, targeting both locals and foreign tourists. Many attacks have been by lone actors or small groups.
You might find increased security in public places, including
- shopping malls
- sports arenas
- places of worship
- transportation hubs
- other soft targets popular with tourists.
Security may also be higher around major events, such as sporting or religious events, and holidays that might attract large crowds.
Be cautious in places that are possible terrorist targets. Remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings.
Reducing your risk
The Australian Government can't guarantee your safety and security in another country. Before you decide where to go, read the travel advice for your destinations. We’ll update our advice where we’re able to if a credible terrorist threat is identified. Take the travel advice levels seriously and pay attention if we give a higher level to a region within your destination or provide advice on terrorism risks in your location.
Be aware of key dates and current affairs where you're going. And always get travel insurance.
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 the 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.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you if there's a terrorist situation 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.
- See our general information and advice on terrorism worldwide.
- See our advice on what to do when there's a terrorist situation nearby.
- Read and subscribe to the travel advice for your destination to get an email when we update our advice. Remember to update your number if you get a local SIM card. Otherwise, you'll miss out on our SMS critical alerts in a crisis.