*** Long Tan Commemoration Service cancelled – but travel in small groups permitted.
For the most up to date information, visit the Australian Government’s website, http://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/asia/south-east/pages/vietnam.aspx
UPDATE, 18 August 2016 (taken from Australian Government’s website) published by AusCham at 6am:
Vietnamese authorities will allow access to the Long Tan Cross site on 18 August with strict conditions. This includes travel in small groups (staggered throughout the day), no media presence and other long-standing requirements. Read our full advice and contact your tour operator for further information. The commemoration ceremony at 15:30 remains cancelled. The level of the advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Vietnam.
- Vietnamese authorities have cancelled the commemoration ceremony for Vietnam Veteran’s Day at the Long Tan Cross site at 15:30 on 18 August. Following high-level consultations between the Australian and Vietnamese Governments, the Vietnamese authorities have agreed to allow access to the Long Tan Cross site on 18 August with strict conditions.
- Consistent with long standing practice, visitors to the Long Tan Cross site on 18 August may not wear medals or uniforms, or carry banners or flags. There is also to be no media presence or filming at the site, speeches, or playing of music. Visitors are asked to behave in a solemn and respectful manner, undertaking the commemoration in silence, and arriving and departing the site in an orderly manner, respectful to the wishes of local communities. Access to the site will be available to groups of 100 people or less from 0930. Follow local instructions and contact your tour operator for further information. Tour operators are advised to coordinate with each other to stagger arrival times at the site to avoid congestion. Australian consular officers will be present on the ground to assist visitors.
For the most up to date information, visit http://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/asia/south-east/pages/vietnam.aspx