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20 Actual Requests By Australian Travellers Abroad

No, DFAT can't feed your dogs, pack your bags, provide armoured cars, or guarantee first class seats when evacuating you from a disaster zone.

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Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has released a list of calls taken by Australian consular staff.

6. An Australian who had his laptop stolen oversea requested that embassy staff pick him up from the airport, loan him a laptop and provide him with office space for a few days

8. Panicked callers regularly reporting Australian travellers missing overseas, after not hearing from them within the first few hours of arriving in country (consular officers usually explain that getting through customs and immigration can take time)

18. “Can the embassy tell the local police that I have an excellent driving record in Australia and should not have to pay those outstanding speeding fines?”

20. “On my last trip to the Philippines I had some trouble with the law. What is the number of the Embassy in Manila so I can call them to get me out of jail when I go back?”

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