Travel warning issued for Indonesia as political tensions rise

May 23, 2019
Six people have died and 200 have been injured during wild rallies in Jakarta. Source: Getty

Australians are being warned to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to Indonesia, including popular destinations Bali, Surabaya and Jakarta, after violent riots broke out following the official announcement of the country’s election result on Tuesday.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) updated its travel advice for Indonesia on its Smartraveller website.

“Indonesian authorities have advised there is an increased risk of violence, including possible acts of terrorism, before and after the election result announcement,” DFAT says.

The department has also advised Australians to avoid protests, demonstrations and rallies, “as these can turn violent without warning”, and monitor local media for updates.

“Demonstrations have been held recently near the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and the Australian Consulate-General in Surabaya, in recent times. Protests may continue at the Embassy in Jakarta or occur at any of Australia’s Consulates-General in Surabaya, Bali and Makassar. Be aware of your surroundings.”

The updated advice comes after six people have died and 200 have been injured during wild rallies in Jakarta against the re-election of President Joko Widodo.

Travellers are also being urged to reconsider their need to travel to Poso Regency in Central Sulawesi and Papua Province.

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