Comprehensive Travel Insurance

Our Woolworths Comprehensive Travel Insurance provides unlimited cover for overseas

medical and hospital expenses and overseas 24-hour emergency assistance. It also covers  cancellation and amendment fees, your luggage and personal belongings, loss of travel documents and credit cards, theft of cash, travel delay expenses and much more. Plus your children and dependents travel for FREE*.

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Included Benefits

  • Overseas emergency medical assistance if you injure yourself or become sick
    during your journey.
  • Unlimited overseas emergency medical and hospital expenses.
  • Cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits if your travel plans are cancelled
    or cut short for reasons beyond your control, e.g. a relative is hospitalised
    (includes reimbursement of frequent flyer points).
  • Cover for lost, stolen, damaged or delayed luggage and personal items.
  • Cover for loss or theft of travel documents, credit cards and travellers cheques, fraudulent use of your credit card, and theft of cash.
  • Meals and accommodation should your travel be delayed for 6 hours or more.
  • Alternative transport expenses if your scheduled transport to reach a wedding,
    funeral, conference or sporting event is cancelled or delayed.
  • Rental vehicle insurance excess in the event your rented car is involved in an accident,
    damaged or stolen during your journey.
  • Personal liability.
  • Accidental death and permanent disability.
  • Children and dependents covered for free*.

 

For the full policy details see our Combined Product Disclosure Statement and Financial Services Guide.
 

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Smart Traveller

  • Czech Republic

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in the Czech Republic.

  • Maldives

    This advice contains updated changes to importing illegal items into the Maldives (see Laws). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution on Malé Island, and to exercise normal safety precautions elsewhere in the Maldives.

  • Eritrea

    This advice has been reviewed and updated.  We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Eritrea. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.  

  • Italy

    Several strong earthquakes were felt in central Italy on 18 and 19 January 2017 in the regions of Lazio (including Rome), Abruzzo and Marche. Expect aftershocks. On 19 January, an earthquake-triggered avalanche buried a hotel in the Abruzzo region, reportedly causing a number of casualties (see Additional information). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Italy.

  • Kosovo

    This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial changes. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Kosovo overall.

  • Jamaica

    The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Jamaica.

  • Gabon

    Following the results of recent elections in Gabon, further strikes or demonstrations could occur in the capital Libreville and in Port Gentil. Avoid demonstrations, large crowds and rallies as they may turn violent (see Safety and security). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Gabon.

  • Trinidad and Tobago

    This advice contains updated information on driving and the hazardous road conditions in Trinidad and Tobago (see Local travel). The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Sudan

    We advise you not to travel with 50km of Sudan's border with Libya. The border regions are used as a transit point for the movement of armed militants and extremists and are a known smuggling route for goods and people. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Sudan overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Austria

    Immigration controls are temporarily in operation at some road and rail border crossing points with Germany, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia. Carry your passport with you when crossing the border into, or from Austria, monitor local media and check with your transport provider or the Austrian Railways (OBB) website for updates (see Entry and exit).  The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Austria.

  • Seychelles

    Parliamentary elections will take place from 8 to 10 September 2016. You should avoid any large public gatherings, demonstrations or protests as they have the potential to turn violent. Follow local media for latest developments and follow any instructions issued by local authorities (see Safety and security). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the Seychelles.

  • India

    See updated information on accessing funds in India (see Safety and security). The level of our advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in India overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of India.

  • New Zealand

    On 14 November 2016, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit north east of Culverdon, on the South Island. Building and infrastructure damage occurred. A number of aftershocks have been felt in the region and more aftershocks are expected (see Additional information). You should follow local sources of information for latest developments and any instructions issued by local authorities. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in New Zealand.

  • Solomon Islands

    A dengue outbreak occurred in 2016 and continues in 2017. Protect yourself against mosquitos (see Health). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the Solomon Islands.

  • Ireland

    This advice has been updated with information on where to get help for victims of crime (see Where to get help). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Ireland.

  • Cambodia

    ​The Cambodian Government has reaffirmed that surrogacy is banned in Cambodia. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Cambodia.

  • Malta

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Malta.

  • Macau

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Macau.

  • Rwanda

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Rwanda.

  • Afghanistan

    This advice has been reviewed and reissued. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Afghanistan. The level of the advice has not changed.

  • Burkina Faso

    We have widened the area for which we recommend against all travel to include all border areas with Mali and the W National Park in the south east of Burkina Faso due to the high threat of terrorism and kidnapping (Safety and security). We continue to advise travellers to reconsider the need to travel to the remainder of Burkina Faso.

  • Switzerland

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting will take place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from 17 - 20 January 2017. Protests have taken place at this event in the past. Monitor the local media, and other important sources of information about possible protests, avoid affected areas and follow the advice of local authorities. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Switzerland.

  • Vietnam

    Apply for your visa through official channels due to the risk of scams and disclosure of personal information by private service providers (see Entry and exit). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Vietnam.

  • Brazil

    This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Brazil.

  • Djibouti

    This advice has been reissued  and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Djibouti. Higher levels apply in some areas.

  • Albania

    This advice has been reissued with no changes. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Albania.

  • Bhutan

    This is a new travel advice. We advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Bhutan. ​

  • Japan

    This travel advice has been updated with information if you intend to drive in Japan (see Local travel). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Japan.

  • Portugal

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Portugal.

  • Philippines

    On 28 December a number of injuries were reported following a bombing at a boxing tournament at Plaza Rizal, Hilongos, in Leyte. No foreign nationals were injured. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Samoa

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Samoa.

  • Turkey

    On 5 January an explosion occurred outside a central Izmir courthouse reportedly killing and wounding a small number of bystanders.  Remain vigilant and avoid the area while police operations are ongoing. We continue to advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Ankara and Istanbul and to exercise a high degree of caution in Turkey overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of Turkey.

  • Somalia

    Somalian elections are scheduled for September-October 2016. The lead up, and the election period, are likely to see an increase in terrorist activity. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise you not to travel to any part of Somalia.                            

  • Lithuania

    This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Lithuania.

  • Russia

    This advice contains new information on strict regulations on exporting antiques (see Entry and exit). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Russia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Sweden

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Sweden.

  • Fiji

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. We advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Fiji.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    This advice contains new information on entry stamps in passports and passport validity (see Entry and exit). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Bangladesh

    Local security authorities remain on high alert and continue to arrest individuals alleged to be planning further acts of violence. The threat of further terrorist attack persists at this time. Remain vigilant and carry ID to assist passage though checkpoints. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Bangladesh.  

  • Liberia

    Liberia was declared Ebola-free on 9 June 2016. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that Ebola is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern; however it continues to expect flare-ups in the future.  Monitor updates from the WHO for the latest details. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Liberia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Pakistan

    This advice has been reviewed and updated with new information regarding business travel to Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi (see Safety and security).  The level of our advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Pakistan overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Croatia

    This advice contains new information on the security environment in Croatia (see Safety and security). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Croatia.

  • Venezuela

    Venezuela has closed its land borders with Colombia and Brazil periodically in the last 12 months. Border closures occur frequently, often with short notice. The Venezuelan government will withdraw the 100 bolivar note (VEF 100) from circulation as of 20 February 2017 (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider your need to travel. Higher levels still apply in some parts of the country.

  • New Caledonia

    Authorities have declared a dengue epidemic following an increase in confirmed cases in New Caledonia in late 2016 and early 2017. Most recent cases have been reported in the Greater Noumea Area. Protect yourself against mosquito bites (see Health). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in New Caledonia

  • Spain

    Large bushfires continue to burn in the Alicante region of the Costa Blanca in the south east of Spain. Spanish authorities have evacuated affected areas. Travellers should avoid the affected areas, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities. If you are planning to travel to Alicante in coming days, check with your accommodation or travel provider to confirm whether your destination has been impacted by the fires or evacuations. The level of our advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Spain.

  • Belize

    Violent crime is common and may also occur in known tourist areas (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Belize.

  • French Polynesia

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in French Polynesia.

  • Tonga

    This advice contains new information on crime (see Safety and security), safety standards for adventure activities (see Local travel) and certification standards for domestic aircraft (see Local travel). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Tonga.

  • Namibia

    This advice contains new information on road safety in Namibia (see Local travel). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Namibia.

  • Finland

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Finland.

  • Ukraine

    The level for Kharkiv province has been lowered to exercise a high degree of caution. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Ukraine. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Kuwait

    Kuwait has launched an e-visa system for tourist, business and work visas (see Entry and exit). The level of advice has not changed.  We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Kuwait.

  • Bulgaria

    This travel advice has been updated with information that the Bulgarian authorities have heightened security measures in all cities, winter ski resorts and places where large gatherings occur. Be alert, remain vigilant, monitor the local media and follow the advice of local authorities. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Bulgaria.

  • Malaysia

    This advice has been reissued with new information on cruises and visiting national parks (see Local travel). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider the need to travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah, and to exercise normal security precautions in Malaysia overall. ​

  • South Sudan

    ​ Travellers are reminded that armed conflict, including attacks on civilian populations, is either ongoing or at risk of breaking out with little warning across South Sudan. The Australian Government's ability to provide consular assistance in South Sudan remains extremely limited. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to South Sudan.

  • Estonia

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Estonia.                    

  • Marshall Islands

    The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. 

  • Uzbekistan

    This advice has been updated regarding importing prescription medications (see Entry and exit). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Uzbekistan. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Republic of Korea

    Strikes affecting some Korean Air flights will occur from 22 to 31 December 2016 (see Local travel). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the Republic of Korea (ROK).

  • Timor-Leste

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Timor-Leste. 

  • Guyana

    Armed robbery and violent crime are common (see Safety and security). The overall level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Guyana.

  • Chad

    The Government of Chad has extended a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region until further notice. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Chad.

  • Nepal

    The level of advice has changed. We no longer advise you to reconsider travel in southern Nepal. We now advise you to exercise a high degree of caution throughout Nepal.

  • Azerbaijan

    The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Azerbaijan. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Guinea

    Guinea was declared Ebola-free on 1 June 2016. We advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Guinea. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Costa Rica

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Costa Rica.

  • Iceland

    This advice has been reviewed and updated with new advice on Arctic travel (see Additional information). The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Iceland.

  • Honduras

    Australian travellers transiting or travelling to Honduras via Canada by air will require a Canadian eTA (see Entry and exit). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Honduras.

  • Bahrain

    This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Bahrain.

  • Paraguay

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Paraguay.

  • Oman

    This advice has been reviewed and updated. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider the need to travel to areas bordering Yemen, and to exercise normal security precautions in Oman overall.

  • Guatemala

    Australian travellers transiting or travelling to Guatemala via Canada by air will require a Canadian eTA (see Entry and exit).  The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Guatemala.

  • Guam

    This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Guam.

  • Serbia

    Anti-government demonstrations have become regular in the city centre of Belgrade. Pay attention to personal safety particularly at night (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Serbia.

  • Morocco

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Morocco.

  • Singapore

    This advice contains new information on crimes that disrupt social, racial or ethnic harmony (see Laws) and on local hotspots for transmission of Zika virus (see Health). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Singapore.

  • Thailand

    There has been recent and ongoing flooding in the southern and central provinces of Thailand which has caused some transport delays and disruptions to services.  Contact your travel provider for further information regarding how your travel arrangements may be affected. Follow the advice of local authorities. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Tunisia

    This advice has been updated due to the state of emergency being extended by the Tunisian Government until 19 February 2017. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Tunisia because of the high threat of terrorist attack. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Romania

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Romania.

  • Ghana

    Presidential elections are scheduled for 7 December 2016. Isolated incidents of unrest are likely during the election period. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Ghana.

  • Syria

    Travellers are reminded it is our strong advice Australians not travel to Syria because of the extremely dangerous security situation. It is illegal under Australian law for Australian citizens, including dual citizens, to provide any kind of support to any armed group in Syria. The level of our advice has not changed.

  • Saudi Arabia

    Saudi authorities have announced that any Muslims not holding Hajj visas or Saudi residence permits will not be permitted to enter Saudi Arabia via Jeddah or Medina airports until after the Hajj. The level of our advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Saudi Arabia.

  • Nicaragua

    This advice has information on the electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) you will need if you transit or travel through Canada before entering Nicaragua (see Entry and exit). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Nicaragua.

  • Cuba

    ​​This travel advice includes new information on restrictions of travel on U.S. carriers to Cuba. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Cuba.

  • Niger

    In October 2016, a US national working with an NGO was kidnapped in Tahoua region. We continue to receive reports that Westerners are at risk of kidnapping, particularly in remote parts of Niger. Foreigners working in remote regions without evident security measures, such as those engaged in resources, community development, humanitarian, health and faith-based activities, are at particular risk (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise against all travel to Niger. However different levels apply in some parts of the country, including the capital, Niamey.

  • Egypt

    ​Extremists may be planning imminent attacks on major tourist attractions in South Sinai. Exercise particular caution in the period surrounding Coptic Christmas (7 January). The level of our advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Egypt.

  • Cameroon

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Cameroon. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • The Gambia

    There is a heightened risk of unrest due to the refusal of President Jammeh to stand down. A state of emergency was declared across the country on 17 January 2017. We now advise Australians to reconsider all travel to The Gambia due to the deteriorating political situation and the potential for civil unrest. If you are in The Gambia, you should consider leaving by commercial means while options remain.  If you chose to stay, remain in a safe place and minimise movement (see Safety and security).                             

  • Papua New Guinea

    Clashes between clans have occurred in and around Tari in Hela Province in December. Flights to Tari may be disrupted and commercial services may close. Security forces have been deployed to restore law and order. We now advise Australians to reconsider all travel to Tari in Hela Province due to violent tribal clashes (see Safety and security). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution elsewhere in PNG.

  • Sierra Leone

    Travellers may be subjected to Ebola screening measures at Lungi International Airport. Those with fever or Ebola Virus Disease-like symptoms may be subject to quarantine or denied entry or exit from the country (see Entry and Exit). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution.

  • China

    The travel advice has been review and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in China and to exercise a high degree of caution in Tibet and Xinjiang.

  • Federated States of Micronesia

    The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in the Federated States of Micronesia.                             

  • United Kingdom

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the United Kingdom.

  • Brunei Darussalam

    This advice has been reviewed and revised without change. The overall level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Brunei Darussalam.

  • Tajikistan

    This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial changes. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Tajikistan.                           

  • Argentina

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Argentina.

  • Lebanon

     Travellers are advised to carry additional identification such as a copy of your birth certificate or other official documentation when arriving or departing Lebanon to avoid possible cases of mistaken identity (see Entry and exit). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Lebanon overall.

  • Georgia

    This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Georgia. Higher levels apply in some areas of the country.

  • Mongolia

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Mongolia.  

  • Netherlands

    Authorities are recommending travellers departing via Schiphol Airport plan an additional 30 minutes transfer time due to additional security measures. Remain aware of your surroundings and follow the instructions of local authorities (see Safety and security). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the Netherlands.

  • Tanzania

    ​​The Australian Consulate in Dar es Salaam has closed. Consular and passport assistance is available from the Australian High Commission in Nairobi (see Where to get help). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Tanzania.

  • Haiti

    ​​Protests are possible in the period surrounding the inauguration of the new president on 7 February 2017. Avoid all demonstrations and protests as they may turn violent (see Safety and security). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Haiti. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • United Arab Emirates

    ​Travellers are reminded the UAE has strict laws regulating social behaviour. Comments made in person, or on social media, that could be seen to offend or ridicule another person, the UAE, the government or the royal family are illegal. It is also illegal to take photographs of people without their consent. Posting photos on social media with people in the background of the photos, can violate this law. We strongly advise travellers and residents in the UAE to take particular care not to cause offence, including on social media. The level of this advice has not changed (See Laws). We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the UAE.

  • Senegal

    This advice has been reissued with minor changes. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Senegal.

  • Zimbabwe

    The US dollar remains the legal currency of Zimbabwe. As of 28 November 2016, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has introduced new 'Bond Notes' as legal tender alongside the US dollar. Travellers cannot withdraw cash from international debit cards through ATMs. Take sufficient cash to cover your needs for the duration of your travel. Check with hotels and other service providers whether card payments will be accepted, especially outside of Harare (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Zimbabwe.

  • Uganda

    This advice contains information on the new address for the Australian Consulate in Kampala. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Uganda overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Mexico

    On 16 January 2017, there was a shooting at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen in Quintana Roo state. According to local authorities, foreign nationals were among the dead and injured.  Investigations are continuing. Australians in the affected area should follow the instructions of local authorities (see Safety and security). The overall level of advice for Mexico remains unchanged. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Mexico.

  • Zambia

    Zambian presidential and national elections took place on 11 August 2016. Political rallies and protests may continue in the wake of these elections. These events may turn violent and should be avoided. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Zambia.

  • Armenia

    The main road between Armenia and Georgia (Yerevan-Vanadzor-Alaverdi-Bagratashen) remains closed for maintenance until further notice (see Local travel). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Armenia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Panama

    This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians in Panama to exercise a high degree of caution.

  • Canada

    This travel advice has been updated to include information on Arctic travel (see Local travel). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Canada.

  • United States of America

    The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the United States of America, including Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands.

  • Chile

    This travel advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial changes. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Chile.

  • Ethiopia

    ​​Two explosions have occurred at hotels in Amhara region in January 2017. Casualties have been reported. Remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Ethiopia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Dominican Republic

    Australians transiting or travelling to the Dominican Republic via Canada by air will require an eTA (see Entry and exit). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in the Dominican Republic.

  • Botswana

    New immigration regulations apply to the travel of children under the age of 18 (see Entry and exit). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Botswana.

  • Sri Lanka

    Airlines have advised international passengers departing Bandaranaike International Airport to arrive five hours prior to their scheduled departure time to avoid queues and possible delays due to construction which will take place between 6 January and 6 April 2017 (see Local travel). The level of the advice has decreased to 'exercise normal safety precautions to reflect the improvements in the security environment in Sri Lanka. 

  • Vanuatu

    Health authorities have declared a dengue outbreak following a large increase in suspected cases in December 2016 and January 2017. Protect yourself against mosquito bites (see Health). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Vanuatu.

  • Central African Republic

    This advice has been reissued with minor amendments. The level of the travel advice has not changed. We continue to strongly advise you not to travel to the Central African Republic.

  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

  • Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The overall level of advice for Israel remains at 'exercise a high degree of caution'. Higher levels apply in some areas.

  • Mozambique

    The Australian Consulate in Maputo is now operating from a new address (see Where to get help). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Mozambique overall. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Mozambique overall.

  • Angola

    ​This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Angola. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.​​

  • Lesotho

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Lesotho.

  • South Africa

    This advice has new information about student protests occurring across the country (see Safety and security). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa.

  • Norway

    This advice has been reviewed and updated with minor editorial changes. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Norway.                           

  • Kyrgyz Republic

    There has been an increased number of disputes between foreigners and criminal groups (see Safety and security). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in the Kyrgyz Republic. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Algeria

    This travel advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Algeria.

  • Hong Kong

    This advice has been reviewed and updated. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Hong Kong.

  • Burundi

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Burundi.

  • Denmark

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark.

  • Nigeria

    Abuja airport will close from 8 March 2017 until 19 April 2017 for repairs. The alternative airport which will be used during the repairs, Kaduna airport, is located approximately 200 kilometres north of Abuja in a 'Do not travel' area. We strongly advise you to defer non-essential travel to and from Abuja during the shutdown. Contact your travel agent or airline for advice on the impact of the shutdown on your travel arrangements. Seek expert security advice on road transfers between Kaduna and Abuja. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Nigeria overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Iraq

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. We continue to advise you not to visit Iraq, including Iraqi Kurdistan. If you choose to visit in spite of our strong advice, ensure you take appropriate security precautions.

  • Cook Islands

    New helmet legislation requires anyone riding a motorcycle, bicycle or scooter in the Cook Islands to wear an approved safety helmet. This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precaution in the Cook Islands.

  • Kazakhstan

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Kazakhstan.

  • Mauritania

    On 27 October 2016, the U.S. Embassy warned its citizens that terrorists may be planning to carry out attacks imminently against places where U.S. citizens congregate in Nouakchott. Be vigilant in public places, avoid places visited by foreigners, and monitor the local media. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Mauritania. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Uruguay

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Uruguay.

  • Latvia

    ​ This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Latvia.

  • Turkmenistan

    ​The Turkmen parliament has scheduled presidential elections for 12 February 2017. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Turkmenistan. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Benin

    This advice contains new information about recent cases of cholera (see Health). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Benin.

  • Mauritius

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Mauritius.

  • Côte d'Ivoire

    Protests by members of the armed forces, the public sector and students are taking place across the country, including Abidjan and Yamoussoukro. Gunfire has been reported. Avoid military bases, large crowds and demonstrations. Monitor local media and follow instructions given by local authorities (see Safety and security). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Côte d'Ivoire overall. Higher levels apply in some regions.​

  • Bolivia

    Severe water shortages are occurring in many areas of Bolivia including in La Paz and other major cities.  Water rationing is in place, and hotels, other lodgings and restaurants are affected.  Check with your accommodation provider about their water supply before booking.  Authorities advise that water should be boiled and filtered before drinking.  A national state of emergency is in place and large protests have occurred (see Local travel).  The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Bolivia.

  • Moldova

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Moldova.

  • Indonesia

    On 11 January 2017, several flights between Australia and Denpasar (Bali) operated by Tigerair Australia were cancelled. All daily Tigerair Australia from Australia to Denpasar (Bali) flights are under review until further notice. Travellers should refer to Tigerair for updates. The overall level of advice has not changed. We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali.                                       

  • Peru

    Several volcanoes in southern Peru are active, including Ubinas and Sabancaya which have erupted multiple times in 2016 (see Additional information). The level of the advice has not changed. We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Peru.

  • Madagascar

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of our advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Madagascar. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Mali

    The state of emergency in Mali has been extended until March 2017 (See Safety and security). We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to parts of southern Mali and not to travel to all other areas, including Bamako.  

  • Hungary

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Hungary.

  • Cyprus

    This advice contains new information about the high number of quad bike accidents (see Local travel). The overall level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Cyprus. 

  • Poland

    This advice has been reviewed and reissued. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Poland.

  • Laos

    We continue to recommend travellers not travel by road between Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng and consider travel by air instead (see Safety and Security). Be vigilant when using ATMs and credit cards as ATM fraud, including the use of skimming machines, can occur in Laos. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Laos overall.

  • Kenya

    The Kenyan Government has extended a 630pm to 630am curfew in Mandera county until 28 March 2017. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Taiwan

    The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Taiwan. 

  • Malawi

    This advice contains new information on obtaining a visa for Malawi (see Additional information).The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Malawi. 

  • El Salvador

    This advice has been issued with information on the Canadian eTA. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in El Salvador.

  • Libya

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to strongly advise Australians against all travel to Libya.

  • Colombia

    ​Negotiations between rebel groups and the government of Colombia towards a peace agreement are continuing (see Safety and Security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Colombia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Ecuador

    This travel advice has been reviewed and remains current. The overall level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Ecuador. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Belgium

    Brussels airport has introduced higher levels of security checking (see Local travel). Beware of pickpockets who operate on intercity and international trains travelling through Belgium (see Safety and security). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Belgium overall.

  • France

    The State of Emergency imposed after terror attacks in France has been extended until 15 July 2017. The overall level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in France.

  • Yemen

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of this advice has not changed. The ongoing political instability and dangerous security situation present a significant risk to foreigners in Yemen. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to Yemen, including the island of Socotra.

  • Greece

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Greece.

  • Jordan

    ​On 18 December 2016 a serious security incident occurred in Al-Karak governorate, south of Amman. Several casualties were reported (Safety and security). The level of this advice is unchanged. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Jordan.

  • Germany

    On 19 December a truck drove through a crowded evening Christmas market in Berlin, causing a number of deaths and injuries. Investigations into the motivation for the incident are ongoing. Avoid the affected area. Remain vigilant in public places and follow the advice of local authorities (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Germany, and be aware of the increased threat of terrorism.

  • Qatar

    The Australian Embassy in Qatar is now open and providing consular and passport services (see Where to get help). The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Qatar.

  • Iran

    This advice has been updated with information on having sufficient cash for your stay (See Money and Valuables). The level of advice has not changed. We advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Iran overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The security situation remains unpredictable in the DRC, despite a political agreement reached on December 31 2016. Large-scale demonstrations could occur at any time and lead to violence in Kinshasa and other large cities. During demonstrations, the only road to the N’Djili Airport in Kinshasa may be blocked and flight schedules may be disrupted. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings and monitor media (see Safety and security). The level of our advice has not changed. We strongly advise you not to travel to the DRC because of the extremely dangerous political and security situation.

  • Myanmar

    Curfews are in place in parts of northern Rakhine State following armed clashes in October 2016. You should follow all instructions issued by local authorities (see Safety and security). The Myanmar Government has placed restrictions on movement in the area. Overall, the level of the advice for Myanmar has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Myanmar overall and to reconsider travel to most of Rakhine State. Higher and lower levels apply in some parts of the country.  

  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    The DPRK conducted an underground nuclear test on 9 September 2016, further aggravating the already tense situation on the Peninsula. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to the DPRK.

  • Belarus

    Foreign nationals are not permitted to cross the border between Russia and Belarus if travelling by car, bus (including tour-operated buses) or train. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Belarus.

  • Palau

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Palau.

  • Montenegro

    ​This advice is being issued for the first time. We advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Montenegro. ​

  • Swaziland

    This advice has been reviewed and remains current. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Swaziland.

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