Important Travel News: Indonesia Sept. 2011

Important Travel Advice for Anybody Travelling to Indonesia

http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Indonesia

Summary

  • We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Indonesia, including Bali, at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attack.
  • If you do decide to travel to Indonesia, you should exercise great care, particularly around locations that have a low level of protective security and avoid places known to be possible terrorist targets.
  • Information in March 2011 indicates that terrorists may be planning attacks in Indonesia, which could take place at any time.
  • Between 21-26 April 2011, the Indonesian Government moved to the highest level of national vigilance in response to terrorism. This followed the disruption of a terrorist attack near a church in Serpong, West Jakarta, on 21 April 2011.
  • The reported arrest in Pakistan of Umar Patek, an Indonesian national alleged to be involved in several major terrorist attacks, may increase the risk of violent responses in Indonesia in the short term. On some occasions where high profile extremists have been detained or killed, there has been a strong response from some supporters in Indonesia, including acts of violence.
  • Since early 2010, police have disrupted a number of terrorist groups in North Sumatra, Lampung, Banten, Jakarta and Central Java. Police continue to conduct operations against these groups. Police have stated publicly that terrorist suspects remain at large and that they may seek to attack Western targets.
  • We consider that any terrorist attacks are more likely to focus on places where large numbers of Westerners gather, including, but not limited to, tourist areas in islands such as Bali, as well as Jakarta and other places in Indonesia.
  • Terrorists have previously attacked or planned to attack places where Westerners gather including nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and airports in Bali, Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia. Analysts judge that these types of venues could be targeted again.
  • Attacks against Westerners in Bali and Jakarta indicate that these areas are a priority target for terrorists.
  • Judicial processes, including trials of extremists and the implementation of sentences, could prompt a strong reaction from their supporters such as demonstrations and acts of violence.
  • Australians should avoid all protests, demonstrations and rallies as they can turn violent.
  • Since July 2009, there has been a series of violent attacks near the Freeport Mine in Papua. One Australian has been killed in these attacks. There is a possibility of further attacks in the Papua Provinces, including attacks on infrastructure and national institutions.
  • We advise you to read carefully the sections on travel to West Java, Aceh, Central Sulawesi Province, Maluku, Papua and West Timor where additional safety risks exist.
  • Australian health authorities have detected a small number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease amongst travellers returning from the Kuta region of Bali.
  • There is a risk of rabies throughout Indonesia, in particular Bali and Nias. See the Health Issues section below for advice to Australians travelling to or resident in Indonesia.

 

 

 

 

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2 responses to “Important Travel News: Indonesia Sept. 2011

  1. Hi Andrew,

    Thanks a lot for your comments about my blog and good to hear from a fellow wordpress blogger.
    It’s great to have a quick flick through yours and the first ten months (?) of your world tour starting in Australia. I always wanted to go there – it’s true – and reading yours felt like the real thing/like I was travelling myself.

    You evidently have very solid family support from home: aunties, uncles, dad the works! That’s great. Yes my parents subscribe to my blog and never a post goes by without some comment or reference it seems.
    I like your straightforward style, tell it as it is and including more personal stuff is great.

    Sometimes I think: Shall I write this? But I like to think I write it anyway and I know if I’ve written a good post because I feel like punching the air and saying: Get in there! (Yes I’m sure I look like a twat)

    I blog because I like to write. But also to say it as it is. But then as my older bro once said to me: ‘Is that the truth according to H G??’ (B****y older brothers!) Well yes it’s what I think is right at that garret moment of an evening but just trying to make some sense of this (at times) mad bad – and also very good – world.

    Anyway go well on the big tour and BTW I’m sure you know this but I’ve been hearing about the (terrorist and other ie civil unrest) threats in SE Asia, specifically Thailand etc for many months/years. Doesn’t of course mean you shouldn’t treat them with the untmost respect and take heed.

    Good luck with it

    Henry

  2. Hi Henry

    Thank you for the reply- it is much appreciated. To be honest with you I do not feel I am much of a writer and I do not feel it is something I am good at. The reason I’m blogging is to show people the world is an amazing place if you get out and explore it. (However I am trying to improve my writing skills too.)

    I had wanted to start a blog for a while however I had always been concerned about what people may think about me. This has all but vanished now as I have found people like sincerity and honesty (I feel it makes for more interesting reading). Hopefully in the following months I can attract more people to take notice of my blog (fingers crossed) as it would be nice to have people other than my family supporting me (as great as they are).

    Thanks for the warning- I will of course take heed and hopefully it will be another great adventure for me.

    Andrew

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