Australia Travel Advice from the UK Foreign Office


This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Travel Summary and Natural Disasters – Flooding section (floods in Queensland). The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are no travel restrictions in place in Australia.
December and January have seen heavy rain and flooding throughout Australia. Queensland has suffered the worst floods, with an area the size of France and Germany inundated, three-quarters of Queensland declared a disaster zone, 200,000 people affected, and at least seven deaths in central Queensland. Severe flash floods in and near Toowoomba in southern Queensland on 10 January left at least another 12 people dead and 67 missing. Ipswich and Brisbane were affected by further large-scale flooding on 12 January; much of Brisbane is expected to remain flooded for several days. On 11 January, the local authorities evacuated Brisbane city centre, and the British Consulate office had to close until further notice, although staff are still operating remotely. British nationals requiring urgent consular assistance should in the first instance call the British Consulate-General in Sydney on (02) 9247 7521
Natural Disasters – Flooding
Depending on the season flash flooding of large areas can occur suddenly. December and January have seen heavy rain and flooding throughout Australia. Some areas have suffered their worst flooding for 50 years, and have been declared natural disaster zones. The situation changes daily; please listen for and follow local advice on what precautions to take. Further information is available from the State Emergency Service in each State/Territory.
Queensland has suffered the worst floods, with an area the size of France and Germany inundated, three-quarters of Queensland declared a disaster zone, 200,000 people affected, and at least seven deaths in central Queensland. Severe flash floods in and near Toowoomba in southern Queensland on 10 January left at least another 12 people dead and 67 missing.

Ipswich and Brisbane were affected by further large-scale flooding on 12 January; much of Brisbane is expected to remain flooded for several days. On 11 January, the local authorities evacuated Brisbane city centre, and the British Consulate office had to close until further notice, although staff are still operating remotely, reinforced by the British Consul-General from Sydney, who is in Brisbane.

The British Consulate office will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, British nationals requiring urgent consular assistance should in the first instance call the British Consulate-General in Sydney on (02) 9247 7521.

For the latest information see:

– the Queensland Government website (www.qld.gov.au/floods)
– the Queensland Police on Facebook (www.facebook.com/QueenslandPolice)
– Brisbane City Council website (www.brisbane.qld.gov.au)

More travel advice http://www.faco.gov.uk

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