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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA149 17 October 2002

INDONESIA - NEW TRAVEL ADVICE

I am announcing today the Australian Government’s decision to upgrade our travel advice for Indonesia.

The decision to amend our travel advice is based on disturbing new information of generic threats to Australians and Australian interests in Indonesia.

We have been recommending since the Bali atrocity that Australians defer all non-essential travel to Indonesia. We now recommend that all Australians in Indonesia who are concerned about their security should consider departure. In particular, short-term visitors whose presence in Indonesia is non-essential, should depart.

We urge Australians to exercise extreme caution, particularly in commercial and public areas known to be frequented by foreigners such as clubs, restaurants, bars, schools, places of worship, outdoor recreation events and tourist areas.

The Government also strongly advises Australians in Indonesia to monitor carefully developments that might affect their safety.

We are also revising our travel advice notices for a range of other South East Asian countries to highlight the need for vigilance given the ongoing risk of terrorist activity.

Travel advices are available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website at www.dfat.gov.au/travel

Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) 0419 206 890 Lyndall Sachs (Departmental) 02-6261 1555