Official Travel Advice for Australia
Terrorism section and summary - updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism, reflecting a reduced threat
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 21 Sep 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
Australia is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flash flooding, dust storms and bushfires (forest fires).
Tropical Cyclones occur, mainly in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia between November and April. Tropical Cyclone Nora is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to the Gulf of Carpentaria and northern parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory from Saturday 24 March. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural Disasters.
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
Drive on the: left
Visitors/Tourists: 5,875,000 in 2011
Largest City: Sydney