Saturday, May 30, 2009

Australian Government Travel Warning for VIETNAM

Australian Government Travel Warning for VIETNAM

Vietnam overall This Advice is current for Sunday, 31 May 2009.
This advice has been reviewed and reissued. It contains new information under Local Laws (marriage). The overall level of the advice has not changed.

• We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in Vietnam because of the risk of criminal activity.
• Pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible new safety and security risks.
• Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death sentence. Vietnamese authorities have announced increased security measures to combat drug trafficking. Over 20 Australians are currently serving long sentences or facing the death penalty for drug trafficking in Vietnam.
• The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed human deaths from avian influenza in Vietnam. See the Health Issues section below for advice to Australians travelling to or resident in Vietnam.

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