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Consular travel advice: Indonesia



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NEWS RELEASE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

D37 15 May 1998

Consular Travel Advice - INDONESIA _

This advice updates and replaces Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Consular Travel Advice dated 14 May 1998, which recommended that Australians consider deferring nonĀ­ essential travel to Indonesia (with the exception of travel to Bali). The Department now advises that as a result of increasing serious civil unrest in Jakarta and other cities in

Indonesia, Australians should defer all travel to Indonesia (except for travel to Bali) until further notice.

It is further recommended that Australians visiting or resident in Indonesia (except for Bali) should consider leaving the country.

The situation in Bali remains relatively calm. Although there have been some demonstrations there, these have largely been confined to university campuses and have not become violent. Intending travellers to Bali should, however, keep themselves informed about developments.

In the light of the current situation in Indonesia and the possibility of further civil disturbance, the Australian Government has authorised non-essential Australian embassy staff and dependents in Indonesia to depart the country for the time being, if they so wish.

Australians in Indonesia should keep themselves closely informed of developments and should avoid large gatherings or demonstrations, which have the potential to turn violent without warning. Particular caution should be exercised in the vicinity of universities and higher education institutions.

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.idynews.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 ofForeign Affairs and Trade in Canberra can also 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 fo r injury, loss or damage arising in respect o f any statement contained herein.

Most recent previous issue: 14 May 1998

Consular Travel Advices are also available at the Department's Internet address (http://www.dfat.gov.au)