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Consular travel advice: Malaysia - Air pollution



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NEWS RELEASEJ_W A U ST R A L IA w*-DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE-D29 30 March 1998

Consular Travel Advice - Malaysia - Air Pollution

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises Australians proposing to visit northern Sarawak and southern Sabah in east Malaysia that they may encounter significant levels of air pollution caused by the haze if they visit those areas.

Intending travellers should also note that, while travel to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu remains open, there have been intermittent closures of some local airports. They may experience some disruption to international and domestic airline schedules.

Intending travellers or residents are advised that pollutants associated with the haze can act as an irritant. They are advised to limit their exposure by remaining, as far as possible, in an air- conditioned environment, by using face masks when moving outside and by refraining from outdoor activities, particularly strenuous exercise.

There are health risks associated with significant air pollution index readings and those who may be pregnant (especially in the first trimester), suffer from illness, especially heart and respiratory conditions or are accompanied by young children should consider deferring their travel.

Australian residents in or intending travellers to east Malaysia are advised to seek advice from the Australian High Commisasion in Kuala Lumpur at 6 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, telephone (60 3) 2423122 or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra on telephone (612)62613305.

NB: While every care has been taken in preparing this Travel Advice, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees including any member o f Australia’s consular staff abroad, can accept liability for injury, loss or damage arising in respect o f any statement contained herein.

Most recent previous issue: 2 December 1997

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