South East Asia Travel Advisory

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South East Asia Travel Advisory

  1. 1. Southeast Asia Security RiskThere is an increased, global risk of terrorism. No country is immune from a terrorist attack, and noperson is immune from becoming a victim of an attack. Terrorists have little regard for civiliancasualties and in many cases, attacks are designed to maximise casualties. Although travellers maynot be targeted deliberately, they are usually indistinguishable from any “Western” tourist and frequentplaces where other Western tourists are found. This puts visitors at the same risk as others.Wherever you are, you should keep yourself informed about the latest alerts and stay aware of yoursurroundings in areas where large numbers of people congregate, such as shopping malls, markets,monuments, demonstrations and on any public transport. Kidnappings and bombings have been thehallmark of several groups operating in the southern Philippines such as the Moro Islamic LiberationFront and the Abu Sayyaf Group. In Indonesia members of the Jemaah Islamiyah (which allegedly haslinks to Al Qaeda) have been charged with responsibility for the Bali Bombings in 2002 and 2005.There is a risk of kidnapping of foreigners travelling to the islands and coastal areas in Eastern Sabah(from Kudat in the north around eastwards to Tawau) by the Abu Sayyaf Group operating out of thePhilippines. Other countries in Southeast Asia, particularly those with Islamic populations, haveterrorism concerns. Accordingly, there is now a region-wide warning out about the possibility ofterrorist attacks in Southeast Asia.Extreme riskDestinations in Southeast Asia where advise against all travelPhilippines Throughout Mindanao. Sulu Archipelago including Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi islandgroupsHigh riskDestinations in Southeast Asia where advise against tourist and other non-essential travelCambodia Cambodia/Thailand border region in the vicinity of the Preah Vihear templeIndonesiaMalaysia coastal areas and offshore Islands and dive sites remote from the main towns of easternSabah (from Kudat in the North and around the coast to Tawau)Burma (Myanmar) along the borders with China, Laos and ThailandThailand provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla, Thailand/Cambodia border in thevicinity of the Preah Vihear temple (Khao Pra Viharn), and Thailand/Burma border areasSome riskDestinations in Southeast Asia where advise cautionCambodia except for Cambodia/Thailand border region in the vicinity of the Preah Vihear temple (highrisk)Malaysia except for areas in eastern Sabah listed as (high risk)Burma (Myanmar) except along the borders with China, Laos and Thailand (high risk)Philippines except Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago including Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi islandgroups (extreme risk)SingaporeThailand except provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla, Thailand/Cambodia border inthe vicinity of the Preah Vihear temple (Khao Pra Viharn), and Thailand/Burma border areas (high risk)Timor-LesteDestinations in Southeast Asia • Brunei Darussalam • Burma (Myanmar) • Cambodia
  2. 2. • Indonesia• Laos• Malaysia• Philippines• Singapore• Thailand• Timor-Leste• Viet Nam

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