Travel Advice for Indonesia
Smart traveller recommends that people exercise a high degree of caution while travelling in Indonesia, including Bali, Surabaya and Jakarta. There is a threat of terrorist attack, and it has happened in the past. We recommend you always pay close attention to your personal security, and news programs documenting current political and social tensions.
In Central Sulawesi, there was recently a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. There have been strong aftershocks and tsunamis, infrastructure in the Palu area has suffered damage.
The smart traveller asks you to reconsider to travel to Papua (Irian Jaya) because of the potential safety and security risks. We urge you to reconsider travelling anywhere near the Freeport Mine in Papua. The Freeport Mine is the largest goldmine in the world, and the locals and Indonesian Security Forces often get into disputes over the low wages that workers are paid there.
Earthquakes and tsunamis caused widespread damage and loss of life in northern Lombok and the Gili Islands in July and August of 2018. Tourist facilities, restaurants and hotels were closed as a result of the natural disaster. They are progressively reopening, and ferry services are now operating again. Though the areas have just been struck by disasters, tourism to the area will aid in redevelopment.
Mount Agung in Bali is active. Ash from the volcano has caused flight cancellations and delays over the last few years. We recommend you contact your airline or tour operator for up-to-date information on the situation, and for advice on the best times to travel there.
It is recommended you receive rabies shots before travelling to Indonesia. Stray animals like cats and dogs run rampant throughout Southeast-Asia, and sometimes rabies-positive dog meat makes its way into food markets where it’s sold for human consumptions.
We recommend you avoid protests, demonstrations and political rallies. They can turn violent without warning.
Indonesia has severe penalties for narcotics offences, including the death penalty. Tourists in the country often purchase drugs only to be arrested and sentenced later, we recommend you be sensible and vigilante in this regard.
Australians in Jakarta requiring consular assistance should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on + 61 2 6261 3305. Australians with concerns for family or friends in Jakarta should first try to contact them directly. If they are unable to be contacted and you hold fears for their safety, you can call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135.
Credible information that terrorists could be planning attacks in Indonesia and that Bali remains an attractive target for terrorists continues to be received. You should exercise great care, particularly around locations that have a low level of protective security.
Previous terrorist attacks against Westerners in Bali and Jakarta indicate these areas are priority targets. You should take particular care to avoid places known to be terrorist targets. Be aware of petty crimes, particularly in tourist centres like Lombok and Bali.
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