The Australian federal government has today issued some updates to its travel advice recommendations to those who may be planning to travel to Bahrain – perhaps for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix – and it makes for some interesting reading…
“We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Bahrain at this time due to the uncertain security situation and threat of terrorist attack,” its advice reads, while noting that The Department of Foreign Affairs’ position has remain in place for at least the last year since the 2011 ‘Day of Rage’ attacks that brought about the cancellation of last year’s Grand Prix.
“In early April 2012, there was an escalation in violence in areas of Bahrain. Sporadic, violent anti-Government protests have continued in Bahrain in 2012 [and] security forces have responded violently to some previous demonstrations.
“Visitors to Bahrain should reconsider their need to travel outside the central business area after nightfall and should restrict their movements to major routes at all times,” it continues.
“Australia does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Bahrain. The Australian Government’s ability to provide consular services may be limited.”
Not exactly what one would describe as “perfectly safe”, now would we?