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Australians Warned on Travel in Greece and Germany

Australia has never issued travel advisories for Greece or Germany before but has angered several of its Asian neighbours with a series of warnings and bulletins in the past two years. The advisories, issued on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website (www.dfat.gov.au), warn Australians in Greece and Germany “to be alert to their own security and monitor developments that might affect their safety.” Officials have said the new advisories are not related to specific security issues or threats in either country and are similar to recent advisories issued for France, Italy and Spain. The advisory for Greece warns Australian travellers that public demonstrations sometimes become violent and that tourists in Greece have been victims of sexual assault and petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching. “Australians planning on attending the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens are encouraged to subscribe to travel advice updates on Greece,” the advisory says. Full Story

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