Terrorism – a global threat
Many Australians are still overseas and are travelling, whether it’s for business purposes, personal reasons or because they're living overseas. To help Australians avoid difficulties overseas, we provide a range of advice. Wherever you’re going overseas, there remains a threat of terrorism.
The better prepared you are, the safer and more enjoyable your travel will be.
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Terrorists continue to carry out attacks around the world. Many attacks have been by lone actors or small groups. They’re increasingly using different methods of attack, including knives and blunt objects, firearms, explosives and vehicles, and they target both locals and foreign tourists.
You might find there’s increased security in public places, including at shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, and places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by tourists or major events that might attract large crowds.
Be cautious around locations likely to be possible terrorist targets. Remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings.
Attacks can occur at any time. There have been several recent attacks in the last few weeks, including:
- On 2 November 2020, four people were killed in an attack in the inner city of Vienna, Austria.
- On 29 October 2020, there was a knife attack outside the French Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
- On 29 October 2020, three people were killed in an attack in Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, France.
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 strongly encourage you to read our travel advice for your destination and all transit countries on your journey so you can weigh up risks and make informed decisions about your travel.
- Subscribe to get an email when we update the travel advice for your destination or your transit countries. If you get a local SIM card over there, remember to update your number. Otherwise, you'll miss out on our SMS critical alerts in a crisis.
- 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.