Australia raises threat level for travel to the UK

Posted: 24 May 2017 9:48 am


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    Following the latest terror attack in England the Australian government updated its travel advice for the United Kingdom, warning visitors to "exercise a high degree of caution".

    The devastating concert bombing attack in Manchester on 22 May 2017, which claimed the lives of 22 people and left dozens injured and maimed, forced the British government to raise the United Kingdom's domestic threat level to the highest possible status, "critical". British Prime Minister Theresa May also announced the deployment of armed soldiers in UK cities to assist police in maintaining security.

    Based on these actions, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) smartraveller website altered its travel advice for Australians, suggesting visitors avoid the area surrounding the Manchester Arena where the attack took place and to anticipate significant transport delays in and around the city.

    Expect an increased police and security presence across the UK," the advice said. "Be vigilant with your personal security, monitor the media and follow local authorities' instructions."

    Earlier this year in March, a vehicle and stabbing attack occurred on London's Westminster Bridge and outside British Parliament. Five people were killed and at least 29 injured. In recent years terrorist attacks have transpired across other European cities, including Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen Nice and Paris. Public transport and transport hubs, sporting venues and places of mass gathering have been targeted. Several planned attacks have also been disrupted by authorities in recent years, including in the UK.

    If you're considering visiting a country against official government advice, find out whether or not your travel insurance covers the destination and compare coverage options before booking your next trip.

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