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Consular travel advice: Brunei - Air Pollution



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NEWS RELEASE DEPARTMENT1 OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

D17 19 February 1998

Consular Travel Advice - BRUNEI, Air Pollution

The Department advises Australians proposing to visit Brunei that they should be aware of the impact of smog in the country, which could have a detrimental effect on health. The pollution has been attributed to a combination of smoke from fires in Kalimantan and Brunei and the effects of temperature inversion.

Travellers who might have a health risk should consult their medical adviser. Intending visitors or residents should note that pollutants can act as irritants and they should limit their exposure to seriously polluted air by remaining, as far as possible, in air-conditioned environments, by using face masks outside and refraining from ourdoor activities, particularly strenuous exercise. Those who are pregnant, suffer from illness, especially heart or respiratory conditions, or are accompanied by young children, should, if air quality is bad, consider deferring travel.

The situation frequently varies as a result of changes in wind direction or rain and, therefore, intending visitors should check by calling the Australian High Commission in Brunei on (6732) 229 435 or 229 436 or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra on (02) 6261 3305. ’

NB: While every care has been taken in preparing this Travel Advice, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees including any member of 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: 9 January 1998

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