Security and health

Australian's planning to travel to, or who are in the Middle East, are urged to exercise extreme caution, maintain a high level of personal security awareness and monitor developments that may affect their safety - through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) current general travel advice and bulletins, the media, and the specific travel advice on Saudi Arabia also available at DFAT.

Individuals should take sensible precautions, dress and behave conservatively, strictly observe Islamic customs and ensure that travel documentation, including passports and any necessary visas, for themselves and their dependents are valid and up-to-date.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.