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MEDIA RELEASE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE 14 November 1998

CONSULAR SERVICES - TRAVEL ADVICE

INDONESIA

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises Australians intending to travel to Jakarta to consider deferring non-essential travel for the time being.

There have been a series of violent demonstrations in Jakarta in recent days involving students and security forces. The demonstrations have been associated with the sitting of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR). Although the MPR session has now concluded there is a strong prospect that these demonstrations may continue to disrupt activity in the city in coming days and the situation could deteriorate.

There have also been demonstrations in a number of regional centres and these too have the potential to continue.

The Department recommends that Australians in Indonesia should remain vigilant and take sensible precautions for their own safety and welfare. They should keep themselves closely informed of developments and in particular avoid large gatherings or demonstrations, which may have the potential to turn violent without warning.

The Department will keep the situation under review during the course of the week.

Bali remains calm and services for tourists are operating normally.

Medical and travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Australians in Indonesia are encouraged to register their presence in the country with the Australian Embassy, which can be contacted by telephone on (62 21) 522 7111 or by fax on (62 21) 522 7101 (embassy website: http://www.austembjak.or.id/news.htm for information on current developments). Visitors to Bali can contact the Consulate on (62 361) 235092 or ' by fax on (62 361) 231990. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra can be contacted on (02) 6261 3305.

NB: While every care has been taken in preparing this Travel Advice, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees including any member of Australia’s consular staff abroad, can accept liability for injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any statement contained herein.

Most recent previous issue: 5 August 1998

Consular Services, including information for travellers and Travel Advices are also available from the Department’s Homepage on the Internet, address: http://www.dfat.gov.au/consular

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