CONFIRMED – no ANZAC Day service at Long Tan Cross

The Vietnamese government has confirmed there will be no official Anzac Day commemoration at the Long Tan Cross site this year.

Small groups will still be allowed low-key visits to the site, without media.

The Vietnamese government is developing regulations and guidance for visitors.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians travelling to Vietnam for Anzac Day should plan accordingly.

“The government continues to work with Vietnamese authorities on an outcome that would work for both countries,” Mr Tehan said.

“While disappointing, we respect Vietnam’s right as a sovereign nation to determine the nature of commemorations held on its soil.

“We also thank them for allowing continued access for small groups making private visits and for providing us with this advice in time to allow Australians to properly plan their visits.

“Last week we told Australians to be prepared for this outcome, and while it is disappointing we ask any Australians who will be in Vietnam to respect the decision.

“We will communicate with veterans and the public should the situation change.”

Details on the conditions required by the Vietnamese authorities on people wishing to visit the Long Tan Cross site can be found at smartraveller.gov.au and the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City website.

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