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Sorrel talks about safe travel.
Sorrel talks about safe travel.

Safe destinations

Thursday, April 18, 2002
If you aren't sure which areas are safe to travel in, we have some suggestions for you.

Since September 11 last year, our office has been flooded with letters from viewers who are worried about travelling overseas. If you aren't sure which areas are safe, this is what we suggest you do.

Contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to get an update on which countries have travel warnings.

As a result of the war on terrorism, Australians are currently being advised not to travel to parts of Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan and to take care when visiting Israel and a handful of other Middle Eastern countries.

A number of other countries which are off-limits for other reasons are also listed on the DFAT site. There is no warning against visiting the United States, but DFAT advises travellers to be especially alert, monitor local developments and broadcasts carefully and to follow the advice of local authorities.

You will see an increase in airport security wherever you go, and Foreign Affairs advises visitors to be alert and keep up with local news reports.

Keep in contact with friends and family at home while you are away. Make sure you know where the closest Australian Embassy is, and make a point of keeping informed about what's going on in the world. There are Internet cafes everywhere now, so keeping in touch and being informed is easier than it's ever been.

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