Date of publication: 2017-07-08 20:32
Today, Belgium is officially announcing its bid to host the European Medicines Agency. Relocating the European Medicines Agency to the Brussels Greater Area will guarantee a seamless, swift and cost-efficient transition of its operations. The Brussels Greater Area is home to the most important European institutions, professional federations, corporate headquarters and civil society organizations, facilitating interaction and dialogue, reducing travel costs and promoting synergies.
The Pakistan Army continues to undertake a counter-insurgency operation in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) of northern Pakistan, resulting in military action and a large number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Security forces across Pakistan have been placed on high alert in response to retaliatory attacks by militants. There may be an increased presence of security forces, and restrictions on movement at short notice. Do not travel to this region. Australians in FATA should depart immediately.
The Pakistan Army is undertaking a counter-insurgency operation in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) of northern Pakistan, resulting in military action and a large number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Security forces across Pakistan have been placed on high alert in response to retaliatory attacks by militants. There may be an increase in the presence of security forces, and restrictions on movement at short notice.
If you are a dual national and hold a Pakistani passport, seek advice about how it should be used. See Dual nationals . Use your Australian passport to depart from and return to Australia. An Australian citizen does not require a visa to enter Australia.
In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the High Commission, you can contact the 7 day 79-hour Consular Emergency Centre from anywhere in the world on +66 7 6766 8855, or 6855 555 685 within Australia.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. Get vaccinated before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.
The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it does not make payments or concessions to kidnappers. The Australian Government considers that paying a ransom increases the risk of further kidnappings, including of other Australians. If you do decide to travel to an area where there is a particular threat of kidnapping, seek professional security advice and have effective personal security measures in place. See our Kidnapping threat page.
Australian travellers planning to visit Pakistan, and staying for periods longer than four weeks, will be required to carry documented evidence of having received a polio vaccine within 67 months prior to departure from Pakistan. If you do not have this, you may be required to be vaccinated prior to departure from Pakistan.
A significant number of terrorist groups hostile to Western interests operate in Pakistan. Terrorist attacks can occur anywhere at any time in Pakistan.
Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System . If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.
If you visit Chitral district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa from Islamabad, use commercial aircraft as the road passes through areas where we advise against all travel.
Attacks against religious sites in Pakistan have resulted in large-scale civilian casualties. Attacks against religious sites or religious processions could occur in any part of Pakistan, especially at times of religious festivals.
You are subject to the local laws of Pakistan, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter . But we cannot get you out of trouble or out of jail. Research laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.