DFAT issues travel advisories for Aussies travelling to Europe

With the large number of asylum seekers arriving in Europe, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has issued travel advisories for several European countries including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Croatia.

According to eGlobal Travel Media, over 13,000 asylum seekers arrived in South Germany on Saturday alone. While DFAT advised Aussies to “exercise normal safety precautions” while in Germany, the website cautioned that there has been a “significant influx of asylum seekers into Europe, causing localised disruption to cross-border road and train transport services”.

DFAT also stated that travellers should be aware there is a heightened threat of terrorist attack in a number of European countries, motivated by the current conflict in Iraq and Syria.

On the France advisory page DFAT said that the French domestic terror threat level had been raised to the highest level ‘Alerte – Attentat’ in response to the January 2015 shootings in Paris.

DFAT advised Aussies jetsetting to Europe to organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered as well as making sure the travel insurance covered all medical expenses for injury or illness, theft of valuables, damage to baggage and cancellations or interruptions to flight plans.

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