Media Release on Updated Travel Recommendations to the SGRI
Sunday, 24 April 2022
M|edia Release from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade — Reviewing Australia's strict opposition to the SGRI's repression of political freedoms and freedom of thought, in addition noting the grave danger Australians could face within the SGRI, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has made the decision to update its travel advisory to Australians travelling to and residing within the SGRI and its occupied regions in Ukraine, Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Serbia & Montenegro.
Our updated advisories for all forms of travel to, from and within the SGRI for Australians are listed below:
Non-Essential Travel — DO NOT TRAVEL. All forms of non-essential travel, defined as individuals traveling for tourism purposes, such as sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events in the SGRI are fully advised against.
Essential Travel — RECONSIDER TRAVEL. Essential travel, defined as individuals engaged in lawful trade (e.g., shipping workers supporting the movement of cargo between Australia and the SGRI), work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, safety and security, and individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel are advised to exercise extreme precautions or reconsider travel.
All Travel — EXERCISE EXTREME PRECAUTIONS. Due to the 'security' policy implemented in the SGRI, citizens from western countries, including Australia, may face extensive persecution by SGRI authorities. DO NOT verbally comment, write, text, or post on social media regarding politics and human rights. DO NOT associate with any people who verbally comment, write, text, or post on social media regarding politics and human rights. AVOID public Wi-Fi and data connections. Due to the SGRI's extensive surveillance of online connections, what you type, read, comment or post will likely be monitored and possibly flagged. If proceeding with any of these actions, you will likely be caught and could face arrest and even imprisonment on terms of inciting dissent or harming security within the SGRI. It is not guaranteed you could be returned to Australia at that point. If unable to comply with these precautions, immediately proceed to one of the two Australian embassies within the SGRI, or call one of the two Australian embassies within the SGRI immediately to organize a return trip to Australia.
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