Many armed conflicts are currently taking place around the world. Armed conflict can happen at any time and escalate rapidly, making the security situation volatile and becoming a threat to your safety. Your ability to leave a country may be impacted and flight availability could change or be suspended at short notice. You should not rely on the Australian Government to evacuate you.
Read this page for general information about:
- Types of armed conflict
- Travelling to a destination where armed conflict is a risk
- What to do if armed conflict breaks out
This page is for Australians preparing to travel overseas. If you're currently overseas and you fear for your safety, you may need to act quickly to stay safe. See our advice on what to do if armed conflict has broken out in your destination.
Types of armed conflict
- Armed conflict could occur between the government armed forces of different countries, or
- between government armed forces and/or other armed groups within the same country.
Travelling to a destination where armed conflict is a known risk
If armed conflict is a known risk where you’re planning to travel, read the travel advice for your destination thoroughly. If our level of advice for your destination is at level 4, do not travel to this location. If the level of advice is at level 3, reconsider your need to go there.
If despite our advice you travel to a country where there’s the risk of armed conflict, you may not be able leave the location if the situation deteriorates. We can’t guarantee your safety if you choose to travel to that location. Consular services may be limited due to the security situation. Travel insurance will likely not be available.
If armed conflict breaks out while you’re away
If you find yourself in a destination where armed conflict has broken out, or is threatening to break out, take all extra precautions for your safety
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
- Keep your passport and other travel documentation safe.
- Contact your loved ones in Australia so they’re aware of your location and situation.
- Make contingency plans to leave as soon as it’s safe to do so.
- If you can’t leave safely, stay in a safe place and limit your movements. Ensure you have a supply of food, water, batteries, money and other essentials.
- Adopt effective personal security measures. Always be alert and aware of your surroundings, especially in large crowds.
- Keep up to date with developments in the security situation. Monitor local media and regularly check our travel advice.
- Expect a heightened security presence. Avoid areas with large numbers of armed forces if possible.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations or large gatherings are taking place. Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
- Learn what to do if armed conflict breaks out while you're away
- Read our advice about civil unrest
- Read the Consular Services Charter to see how we can and can't help