Security Message: Recent Counter-Terrorism Operation in Australia

The Mission of the United States of America in Australia reminds U.S. citizens that the Australian National Terrorism Public Alert level, set by the Government of Australia, remains HIGH.  Australian National Security has stated that a terrorist attack is likely to occur in Australia.

Australian law enforcement agencies have announced an arrest in Melbourne.  Authorities have noted that the arrested individual had the intent to conduct terrorist attacks against members of the general public.  Due to the nature of this threat, U.S. citizens are reminded to be aware of your surroundings during this time of heightened alert, and report to authorities any suspicious individuals or items you may see.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to review your personal security plan, remain aware of your surroundings including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Australia enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Australia.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.