Chile Travel Risk AdvisoryReviewed: 18 January 2011, 14:10Still current at: 19 January 2011Chile: Strikes and protests in the Magallanes regionIn January 2011 strikes and protests affecting the Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales areas in theMagallanes region have caused disruption to local transport networks. New Zealanders wishingto leave the affected region should contact the Red Cross in Puerto Natales (Tel: +56 61 411204), or in Punta Arenas (Tel: +56 61 242 156). New Zealanders remaining in the region shouldavoid areas where protests may occur, exercise caution in public places, monitor developmentsand follow any instructions and advice issued by the local authorities.Protests and demonstrations occur occasionally in Chile and have the potential to turn violent.We recommend you avoid such situations. Dates of national significance 11 September(anniversary of military coup), 29 March (anniversary of the Young Combatant) and 1 May(Workers’ Day) may be a focus for protesters.An 8.8 magnitude earthquake centred near the city of Concepcion struck Chile on 27 February2010. There may still be some damage to buildings and roads in certain places particularly in theregions of Maule, Biobio and O’Higgins and aftershocks are occasionally felt in these areas. NewZealanders in these areas are advised to follow any advice and instructions issued by the localauthorities.Small scale bomb attacks and bomb-threats occur from time to time in Santiago. In November2009, a small bomb exploded at the Marriott Hotel in Santiago, injuring one person. Theseincidents are generally associated with anarchist groups. New Zealanders are advised to takeany bomb threats seriously and closely adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities fortheir own safety. There is occasional politically motivated violence in southern Chile in theAraucania region. We recommend you monitor the local media, exercise caution and makeamendments to your travel routes if necessary.There are landmine fields both in northern and southern Chile primarily in – but not limited to –border areas. Most of these areas are clearly marked and a demining programme is underway.Travellers should observe all warning signs and not enter restricted areas.Chile is subject to volcanic eruptions from time to time. Visiting volcanic areas should follow anyrestrictions and instructions issued by the local authorities.Australia Travel AdvisoryReviewed: 17 January 2011, 18:40Still current at: 19 January 2011Australian Floods: Emergency NumbersDengue Fever warning - Australia, Pacific, Asia & South AmericaSevere flooding is affecting parts of Australia, particularly in the states of Queensland, New SouthWales and Victoria. New Zealanders living or travelling in Australia are advised to monitor localmedia for information on the flooding and follow any instructions and advice issued by theAustralian authorities in flood affected areas, including during the clean up phase of operations.QueenslandOn 11 January the Premier of Queensland Anna Bligh declared three quarters of Queensland adisaster zone. The disaster declaration grants police and emergency personnel authority toforcibly evacuate members of the public. Disaster recovery efforts in Queensland are nowunderway. Many tourist areas in Queensland remain largely unaffected by the flooding buttravellers should check local conditions prior to travel, particularly regarding the state of roads ifplanning to drive. For the latest information on flood affected areas see the Queensland floodwebsite and visit the Bureau of Meteorology website to check the weather forecasts.
New South WalesFor the latest information on flood affected areas in New South Wales see the NSW StateEmergency Service website.VictoriaFor the latest information on flood affected areas in Victoria see the Victoria State EmergencyService website or phone the Flood and Storm Information Line on 1300 842 737.There is a global risk of terrorism. Traveling and living in Australia are advised to take account ofthe terror threat level assigned by the Australian authorities when making travel decisions. Forthe latest alert level, and more information, see the Australian National Security website. It isrecommended you monitor the media for information about threats to your safety and security inAustralia and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.Tunisia Travel Risk AdvisoryReviewed: 14 January 2011, 19:00Still current at: 19 January 2011There is high risk to your safety and security in Tunisia due to the risk of civil unrest andkidnapping and we advise against all tourist and non-essential travel.Since 18 December 2010 demonstrations and protests have occurred in a number of locationsthroughout Tunisia. These escalated in January and a number of people have been killed. Acurfew was put in place in Tunis and the surrounding areas in January 2011. Vesting in Tunisiashould avoid all areas where protests may occur, exercise caution in public places, and maintaina high level of personal security awareness. You should monitor developments and ensure thatyou adhere to all instructions from local authorities.There is high risk to your security in the areas bordering Algeria due to the risk of kidnappingand we advise against all tourist and non-essential travel to these areas. In February 2008, twoAustrian tourists were kidnapped in the south of Tunisia close to the border with Algeria. Thetourists were released in October 2008.There is also some risk to your security in Tunisia due to the threat from terrorism. Terroristattacks could occur at any time and may be directed at locations known to be frequented byexpatriates and foreign travelers.In January 2007, Tunisian authorities disrupted a terrorist group south of Tunis, killing 12 of thegroup and arresting 15. It is believed the group was planning attacks against Western interests.Traveling or resident in Tunisia should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policiesin place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.Faheem Ul Hasan