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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 403. Updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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Warning issued to Anzac Day travellers

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a new Smartraveller bulletin for Turkey, France and Belgium in the lead-up to Anzac Day, warning travellers to "reconsider their need to travel to some locations where commemorative services will be held".

The Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Veterans' Affairs, Julie Bishop and Senator Michael Ronaldson have urged travellers to Anzac Day activities overseas to read the new bulletin in conjunction with associated travel advisories.

"We strongly advise all Australians travelling to commemorative services abroad to register their travel and contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, subscribe to Smartraveller to receive travel advice and travel bulletin updates by email, and take out comprehensive travel insurance," Ms Bishop said.

New Smartraveller bulletin

Ms Bishop said in addition to the Smartraveller website, major updates to travel advice and travel bulletins were posted on the Smartraveller Facebook page and on twitter via @Smartraveller.

She said Australians travelling to Gallipoli or Villers-Bretonneux were also encouraged to register their intention to attend commemorative services with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

"Anzac Day commemorations are important to all Australians in honouring the sacrifices of our servicemen and women," Ms Bishop said.

"We would like to wish all those attending events abroad a safe journey."

The latest bulletin includes details about commemorative services, including preparation tips, such as what to pack.

The bulletin lists the services to be held in Turkey, France and Belgium and offers advice from visa requirements to getting to services and what travellers can expect in each location.

For example at Gallipoli "you may arrive in the early evening or at night when it can be extremely cold (temperatures may be below 0 degrees Celsius). Rain and very cold winds are possible."

The bulletin also has up-to-date security information.

To see the latest bulletin visit this PS News link.

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