Travel Alert: Indonesia
DFAT upgrades warnings for Australians travelling to Bali.
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26 February 2016: The Australia Government has issued a stern warning for Australians planning to visit Indonesia, including Bali, urging those travelling to exercise a high degree of caution.
Indonesia has long been a favourite for Australians holidaying abroad, with over 1.1 million Australians visiting the region in the last 12 months (Australian Bureau of Statistics Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Dec 2015).
The advisory did not raise the overall warning from "exercise a high degree of caution", which has been in affect for some time due to myriad events over the last 12 months, including the eruptions of both Mount Rinjani and Mount Raung, and the attacks in Jakarta in January that left at least eight dead and 20 others with serious injuries.
However, the Australia Government issued an addendum on 25 February 2016 updating its warning with the following messaging:
Recent indications suggest that terrorists may be in the advanced stages of preparing attacks in Indonesia. The overall level of advice has not changed. We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali.
The Indonesia Government has heightened its security measures across the nation, which underscores the omnipresence of a terrorist attack.
The Smartraveller website urges Australian travellers going to Indonesia to pay close attention to their personal security and to monitor the media for any updates to travel warnings. Those planning on travelling to Central Sulawesi, Papua and West Papua provinces are being asked to reconsider their need to travel.