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'Do Not Travel' Lifted!

Updated: May 29, 2022

In preparation for international travel restarting on Monday 1 November 2021, Smart Traveller has updated the alert levels for 177 destinations!

Since March 2020 when Australia closed its international borders, all destinations have been set to 'Do Not Travel'. New Zealand was the first to change when the travel bubble began. And now, for the first time in 18 months, alert levels for most countries have been downgraded in relation to COVID-19 restrictions.

For example, The United States of America has been downgraded from 'Level 4: Do no travel', to 'Level 2: Exercise a high degree of caution'. While that still sounds scary, it is definitely a step in the right direction. That means Disney and Universal are so close you can almost taste the Dole Whip! Other countries, such as the United Kingdom and France, along with many more, have also been downgraded to Level 2.

Please note though, just because Smart Traveller have downgraded their alert levels, there are still incoming restrictions in most countries to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. If you're wanting to travel internationally after 1 November, make sure to check these restrictions before travelling.

What does Level 2: Exercise a high degree of caution mean?

This information is from the Smart Traveller website.

Pay close attention to your personal security and the current health situation. Monitor the media for new and existing risks.

At level 2, there are more or higher risks than what you would typically find in a large Australian city. We're not saying 'don't go' to this location. But you should do your research and take extra precautions.

The level may reflect a weak law-and-order system, where violent crime is common. The destination may lack some key public services, such as a responsive police force.

At level 2, the COVID-19 risk to you may be considered low. Keep in mind outbreaks may occur and local authorities could implement measures to manage this, often at short notice, which will affect your ability to move freely, including in and out of the country. Conditions may change at any time. Be prepared for an extended stay or disruptions to international travel, including return travel to Australia for ‘green zone’ countries. See our Global COVID-19 Health Advisory for more information.

In some cases, there may be a risk that the security environment could change with little warning. This level may also reflect a passing event, such as political unrest or a short-term increase in a location's domestic terrorism level.

If you travel to a location with an advice level of 2, it's your responsibility to follow all the advice for level 1, as well as the following.

Before you go

  • Research the health situation and services available for your destination entry requirements and local restrictions on movement, events and gatherings.

  • Understand the basics of the political and security situation.

  • Familiarise yourself with the destination, especially dangerous areas of a city, types of crimes, risky modes of transport, specific precautions for women or LGBTI travellers and any behaviour that may offend or break the law.

  • Check your travel insurance policy and coverage, particularly in the event there is disruption to travel or a change in travel advice.

While you're away

  • Monitor the health risks in your location, and keep track of any changes to restrictions. Follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19.

  • Maintain good hygiene and physical distancing when interacting with other people.

  • Stay in contact with your airline operator or travel provider for changes and updates.

  • Be aware of religious holidays or days of national significance. Terrorists have launched attacks on these occasions.

  • Understand the safety of public transport options.

  • Plan your daily movements and vary your routines and travel routes.

  • Avoid known flashpoints, including protest areas.

  • Don't wander into unknown areas.

  • Avoid or minimise your time at places which may be targeted by terrorists.

  • Leave an area at the first sign of unrest, or if you feel uneasy.

  • Be aware of building exits and always know the safe places you can access if you feel threatened.

  • Take notice of the people around you, and their behaviour. Be aware that, in an unfamiliar cultural setting, you may misinterpret some behaviour.

  • When discussing your plans, avoid sharing details that others may overhear.

  • Be cautious about the information you share on social media.

  • Refuse unexpected packages or offers.

For more information on the Levels and specific countries, check the Smart Traveller website.

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