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Consular travel advice: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

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Australians are advised not to travel to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) until further notice. Australians who do not have essential business, either personal or commercial, that requires their continued presence in the FRY are urged to leave immediately.

Security conditions in the region remain uncertain and have the potential to deteriorate at short notice. There is a possibility of NATO air strikes against Serbian targets as the result of developments in the Kosovo conflict. Australians are advised to keep themselves aware of developments that might affect their safety.

Australians who intend to leave Serbia and Montenegro are requested to inform the Embassy of their plans. Due to concerns, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has authorised dependents of staff members of the Australian Embassy in Belgrade to depart the country for the time being if they so wish. Australian citizens who choose to remain in the FRY are advised to register their presence with the Australian Embassy in Belgrade.

Australians intending to fly JAT Airlines to the European Union from the FRY should be aware that current sanctions prevent services to all member countries except Greece. Flights by other carriers to destinations in the European Union are limited.

Resulting from the imposition of financial sanctions against Serbia, cash cannot be obtained against foreign credit cards. Credit cards are not widely accepted for payment of goods and services.

Medical and travel insurance is strongly recommended.

For further information and registration contact the Australian Embassy, 13 Cika Ljubina, Belgrade 11000 - telephone (381-11) 624 655. Information may also be obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra - telephone (02) 6261 3305.

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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 travel advice: 2 October 1998

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