Australia has issued a ‘do not travel’ order to the United States amid fears of riots after the upcoming presidential election.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade updated the risk level on Friday despite Australian citizens not being permitted to travel without an exemption.
National Guard members patrol the area around Philadelphia City Hall on October 30 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in response to widespread unrest in the aftermath of a police shooting
The Australian Government have issued a ‘do not travel’ order for the United States (pictured) despite Australian citizens not being permitted to travel without an exemption
The Australian Government website on travel advice and safety issued a statement advising Australians to avoid any travel to the US.
‘Protests and demonstrations continue in several US cities. Avoid areas where protests are occurring due to the ongoing potential for violence,’ the SmartTraveller statement read.
‘Monitor the media for information and updates. Follow the instructions of local authorities.’
The statement also reminded any Australians in the US to remain vigilant about coronavirus and Monitor the embassy website for further information.
‘COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. Various restrictions and public health measures are in place and vary by location.
‘Follow the instructions of local authorities, including those related to quarantine, self-isolation, social-distancing and the wearing of masks,’ the statement said.
Australia closed its borders in response to the coronavirus pandemic in March and exemptions to leave the country include on medical and compassionate grounds or essential business.
The ban was issued on Friday over fears the US presidential election between Donald Trump (pictured above) and Joe Biden on Tuesday will incite widespread riots
The election has sparked unease with supporters from both sides and several states have prepared their National Guard for activation (Democratic candidate Joe Biden pictured)
Boards went up over storefronts in major cities including Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles and Denver on Friday.
Experts fear the unrest could be widespread regardless of whether Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden emerges victorious – and have warned that riots could begin even if the results are not clear on November 3.
Security officials are preparing for a range of possible threats, from spontaneous acts of mob violence to more organised, planned attacks.
Several states have prepared the National Guard for activation and readied specialised units of military police Guardsmen for rapid deployment.
Businesses across major cities in the US have been boarded up in anticipation of riots (Workers pictured at The Hay-Adams hotel across the street from the White House)