In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, which left 14 dead, travel restrictions have been in place in the UK and other European countries.
Here’s what’s the current situation: UK Travel Bans Travel restrictions have gone on for the past three weeks in the United Kingdom and the United States, but the restrictions have only just begun to roll out in Australia.
In Europe, the restrictions are now in place across the continent.
Ahead of the Brussels attacks, the European Commission introduced a travel ban that affects almost all travel between Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.
The UK Government said the restrictions were aimed at “preventing the reoccurrence of attacks”.
It’s unclear if the new restrictions will apply to Australians travelling to the UK.
In addition to the European restrictions, the Australian Government has also imposed restrictions in the Middle East and in South Asia, which include travel to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE.
A travel ban on South American countries also applies.
It has been reported that the Australian Federal Police will issue “a limited number of travel authorisations” to foreign travellers.
All Australian passports will be subject to travel restrictions starting today.
As the Government continues to implement the travel restrictions in Europe, Australians may be able to travel to the Middle-East via Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, but will not be allowed to visit the Middle Eastern countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Australia is also considering extending the travel ban to Indonesia, where a series of terrorist attacks on June 2 killed 22 people.
“Australian travellers should be aware that the travel bans and restrictions in place around the world are not without risks and are not suitable for all travellers,” the Australian government said in a statement.
Australian authorities have said they will continue to work with international partners to combat the spread of the disease, including the US, UK, Canada, the United Nations and the European Union.
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