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Consular travel advice: Cambodia



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NEWS RELEASE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

D45 20 May 1998

Consular Travel Advice : Cambodia

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its Consular Travel Advice for Cambodia issued on 22 October Ιθ97. t he Department advises that there are continuing security concerns in Cambodia and residents and visitors should exercise a high degree of security awareness at all times.

Australian citizens in Cambodia should take care in moving around Phnom Penh, particularly at night. They should avoid areas with a heavy military presence at all times. Violence has occurred at political rallies in Phnom Penh and residents and visitors should avoid such events in the lead-up to the national election due on 26 July 1998.

There continues to be widespread banditry in the countryside and ill disciplined members of the security forces constitute an on-going security hazard. In no circumstances should Australians travel in the countryside after dark. In no circumstances should Australians attempt to enter Cambodia by any land route from Thailand or Laos. Entry to Cambodia from Thailand through the port of Koh Kong is illegal and may result in a fine and difficulty in

leaving the country.

Australians who travel to Cambodia should note the following advice:

• Travel to Siam Reap to visit the Angkor Temple complex by air is considered relatively safe. Travel by boat or road should not be undertaken under any circumstances. Travel to the temple of Banteay Srei outside the Angkor Wat complex is not recommended in any circumstances.

• Travel to Kampong Som (Sihanoukville) by air is considered safe. Travel by road should only be undertaken in full daylight hours, either by scheduled bus service or with no less than two cars travelling in convoy. Travel by rail to Sihanoukville should not be undertaken.

Travel by air to some other destinations may be possible but Australian visitors and residents are urged to consult the Embassy for specific security advice.

The Department strongly urges Australians visiting or resident in Cambodia to register with the Embassy and to inform the Embassy of any plans to travel outside Phnom Penh. The Australian Embassy’s address and telephone numbers are: Australian Embassy, Villa 11, Street 254, Chartamouk District, Phnom Penh, Tel. (855 23) 426000-2, Fax (855 23) 426003

or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra telephone (02) 6261-1 111.

NB: Wliile every care has been taken in preparing these Travel Advices, 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: 22 October 1997. Media releases and speeches are available from DFAT via the internet. http:// www.dfat.gov.au/