Official Travel Advice for Australia
Summary - Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen is likely to bring destructive winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous storm tides over the next few days; this weather system is forecast to pass across the North coast of the Northern Territory and North West coast of Queensland in the Gulf of Carpentaria; you can monitor weather updates from the Bureau of Meteorology and should follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 17 Dec 2018.
Over 670,000 British nationals visit Australia every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
Australia is a vast country. You should plan journeys carefully, particularly if you’re travelling to remote areas, bushwalking or going swimming. See Local travel
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen, which was categorised on 13 December as a category 3 cyclone likely to bring destructive winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous storm tides. This weather system is forecast to pass across the North coast of the Northern Territory and North West coast of Queensland in the Gulf of Carpentaria over the next few days. You can monitor weather updates from the Bureau of Meteorology and should follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.
Tropical Cyclones occur, mainly in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia between November and April. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of local authorities, including the state emergency services and the Bureau of Meteorology. See Natural disasters.
Australia is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flash flooding, dust storms and bushfires (forest fires).
You’ll need to get a visa before you travel. See Entry requirements
If you’re on a working holiday visa you should be aware of your rights as employees in Australia and how to report any concerns about unfair or unlawful treatment. See Entry requirements
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Australia. Australia’s current national terrorism threat level is ’probable’ (see the Australian national terrorism threat advisory system). Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should be vigilant and take sensible precautions. See Terrorism.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Make sure this covers you for all activities you plan to do while in Australia, including manual labour if you’re backpacking; and adventure sports like bungee jumping, diving and paragliding.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Australia
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Visitors/Tourists: 5,875,000 in 2011
Largest City: Sydney