The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting Australians travelling to France and Belgium have been told to exercise a "high degree of caution" with authorities upping the travel warning after the Paris terrorist attacks and Belgium arrests.
The new warning puts the Western European countries on the same travel security footing as countries like Angola, Bolivia, South Africa and Jamaica.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued the warning saying travellers should research specific threats and the political and security situation before travelling. It says travellers should pay close attention to their personal security if they intend to travel to either country.
"Importantly, we are not saying "don't go" to this location. Rather, you should research specific threats and take extra precautions," its Smart Traveller warning states.
The warning comes one week after the latest Islamic State attacks began in Paris, as people grieve and pay tribute to those who died or were injured in Paris.
The warning came amid a 12-day nationwide state of emergency declared for France following the terrorist attacks that killed at least 130 people and injured more than 300 people in Paris on November 13. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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