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The United States has issued a travel advisory for potential tourists visiting Australia, warning of the risk of bushfires.

The United States has issued a travel advisory for potential tourists visiting Australia, warning of the risk of bushfires.

The US State Department has recommended that tourists "consider postponing their trip to affected areas until the danger of natural disaster has passed".

"Even in areas not directly affected by bushfires, smoke is causing poor air quality," the State Department said in a statement.

"Smoke can affect people's health and it is important for everyone to reduce exposure."

The department included the websites of state fire services and told US visitors to "monitor local news media outlets for updates".

The US also warns its tourists to be aware of the risk of pickpockets, purse-snatchers and petty thieves while in Australia.

"Be careful when visiting bars or clubs in the entertainment areas of major cities, as 'bar brawls' and other assaults sometimes occur," the department warns.

"Also, watch out for drink spiking when consuming alcohol with unfamiliar people.

"Be aware that Australian fauna can be dangerous.

"From jellyfish to crocodiles, sharks, poisonous insects, and snakes, the continent and its waters host wildlife that merit awe and respect in equal doses."

Kylie Minogue stars in Tourism Australia ad 'Matesong'

America's bushfire warning to tourists comes days after a tourism campaign in the UK was put on ice.

Launched at Christmastime, the commercial starring Kylie Minogue was "paused" by Tourism Australia last week.

Tourism Australia has not said when the ad will go back on British TV screens.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/australian-bushfires-usa-warns-citizens-from-travelling-to-australia/dc52d48d-22e7-48f5-9101-5c61e42a7b31

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