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Consular travel advice: Indonesia



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NEWS RELEASE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

D56 4 June 1998

CONSULAR TRAVEL ADVICE - INDONESIA

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises that political tensions in Indonesia are continuinglcTease and security conditions in Jakarta and elsewhere in the country are returning to normal. Accordingly, the Department’s recommendation contained in its Consular Travel Advice of 25 May, that Australians should consider deferring non-essential travel to Indonesia (except for Bali) for the time being, is now withdrawn.

At the same time, Australians considering visiting Indonesia or who are currently in the country should bear in mind that although conditions are returning to normal, the overall political situation remains fluid and the possibility of further civil disturbances occurring cannot be ruled out. Accordingly, the Department recommends that Australians in Indonesia should keep themselves closely informed of developments and in particular should avoid large gatherings or demonstrations, which may have the potential to turn violent without warning.

The situation in Bali is calm and services for tourists are operating normally.

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 o f Australia's consular staff abroad, can accept liability for injury, loss or damage arising in respect o f any statement contained herein.

Most recent previous issue: 25 May 1998

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