Travel to Al-Raqqa province, Syria, face 10 years jail

THE Abbott government has declared the first no-go zone under its controversial foreign fighter's laws, with travellers to the Al-Raqqa province in Syria to face 10 years in jail.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Thursday declared it an offence for Australians to enter the region, which she described as the "de facto capital" of the Islamic State.

She said Australians currently in the region "without legitimate purpose" had to leave.

The new laws, which changed the Criminal Code, have previously been criticised for breaching human rights including the right to freedom of movement.

Other areas are being considered for declarations.



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