Australians are being warned not to travel to the U.S., but not just because of COVID-19.
New travel alerts enacted by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade urge citizens to avoid the U.S. during the presidential election and inauguration. The U.S. now has been given the highest alert status on Australia’s rating scale – a level four “do not travel.”
“Take precautions to keep safe during the election season,” the advisory reads, noting that violent crime, especially gun violence, is more common in the U.S. than in Australia.
Warning travelers of the potential for violence, the alert notes that widespread protests and demonstrations have occurred across the U.S. since May, some of which are still continue.
The department also mentions that the election could lead to increased terrorism-related activity.
“The US has a heightened risk of terrorist attacks,” the alert continues. “Terrorists may use vehicles, knives, homemade bombs, and poisons or toxins. Be alert, particularly in public places and at events.”
Australia has issued a DO NOT TRAVEL advice to the US for its citizens due to covid and possible civil unrest due to the elections.
Not that the majority of us can actually leave Australia! But still, the US is now on par with Afghanistan and Somalia…the highest alert level.
– Beaux (@TBeaubeau) November 2, 2020
The Australian travel warning comes as many U.S. cities have proactively started preparing for civil unrest surrounding Election Day.