released May 10, 2005, this information is current as of
Thursday, June 02, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.
This Travel Warning is being issued to update security information
in Indonesia and to note that the Department of State continues
to warn U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to the
country. This warning supersedes the March 24, 2005 Travel Warning
The Department urges Americans who choose to travel to Indonesia
despite this Travel Warning to observe vigilant personal security
precautions and to remain aware of the continued potential for
terrorist attacks against Americans, U.S. or other Western interests
in Indonesia. The potential remains for violence and terrorist
actions against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the country.
The terrorist threat in Indonesia remains high. Attacks could
occur at any time and could be directed against any location, including
those frequented by foreigners and identifiably American or other
western facilities or businesses in Indonesia. Such targets could
include but are not limited to places where Americans and other
Westerners live, congregate, shop or visit, including hotels, clubs,
restaurants, shopping centers, identifiably Western businesses,
housing compounds, transportation systems, places of worship, schools,
or public recreation events. Reports suggest attacks could include
targeting individual American citizens.
Jemaah Islamiah has cells in several Southeast Asian countries,
including Indonesia, and connections with al-Qaeda. A terrorist
bombing outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on September
9, 2004, killed eleven and injured more than 180 people. An August
2003 terrorist bombing at a major international hotel in Jakarta
injured several American citizens, and seven Americans died in
a terrorist attack in Bali in October 2002.
The U.S. Mission in Indonesia restricts U.S. government employees'
travel to certain areas of the country and, at times, denies them
permission to travel to Indonesia. For the latest security information,
contact a U.S. Mission consular office. The U.S. Mission can occasionally
suspend service to the public, or close, because of security concerns;
in these situations, it will continue to provide emergency services
to American citizens.
Sectarian, ethnic, communal and separatist violence continue to
threaten personal safety and security in several areas. Over the
past three years, domestically targeted bombings have struck religious,
political, and business targets. In 2003, the Jakarta international
airport, an open-air concert in Aceh, and other Indonesian government
facilities were bombed.
Americans should avoid travel to Aceh. Northern parts of the island
of Sumatra, and particularly the province of Aceh, suffered severe
damage following an earthquake and series of tsunami waves on December
26, 2004. While reconstruction efforts are underway, communications
infrastructure, roads, medical care and tourist facilities on the
western and northern coasts of Sumatra, and on coastal islands
off Sumatra, were seriously damaged and have not yet been fully
restored. Infrastructure on the island of Nias was seriously damaged
in an earthquake on March 28, 2005. Adequate lodging facilities
are difficult to find in Aceh and Nias. Regulations regarding entry
into and permission to remain in Aceh can change at any time. As
of March 26, 2005, all foreigners wishing to travel to Aceh require
written permission from the Indonesian authorities. Humanitarian
workers should be cautious of their security when traveling in
Aceh due to the continuing potential for separatist and terrorist
violence, which could be directed against American humanitarian
Americans should not travel to Aceh to participate in humanitarian
relief efforts except under the auspices of a recognized assistance
organization that has permission to operate in Indonesia. Americans
participating in relief efforts should make sure that their organization
has facilities in place to accommodate and feed staff and a security
plan approved by Indonesian authorities. All travelers to Aceh
should follow health precautions for travelers to the tsunami area
from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/travel.
Americans considering travel to the province of Papua should exercise
extreme caution because of sectarian, ethnic, communal and separatist
strife. Papua's on-going separatist conflict has the potential
to become violent. In August 2002, two Americans were killed in
Papua under as yet unresolved circumstances.
Americans should avoid travel to Maluku, in particular the capital
city of Ambon. Since April 25, 2004, sectarian violence has killed
at least 40 and injured more than 220 people.
Americans should avoid travel to Central, South and Southeast
Sulawesi; those considering travel to North Sulawesi should exercise
extreme caution. Sporadic violence occurred in Poso and in neighboring
areas of Central Sulawesi in 2003 and 2004, resulting in several
fatalities. Central Sulawesi's general security situation remains
unstable; bombings and killings occurred in late 2004 and 2005
in Poso and Palu.
The Philippine-based terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group poses an ongoing
kidnapping risk/threat in areas near Malaysia and the Philippines.
and traveling in Indonesia are urged to register and update their
contact information with U.S. Embassy Jakarta,
U.S. Consulate General Surabaya or the U.S. Consular Agent in Bali.
Registration facilitates the U.S. Mission's contact with Americans
in emergency situations, and may be done on line and in advance
of travel. Information on registering can be found at the Department
of State’s Consular Affairs website: https://travelregistration.state.gov.
Americans in Indonesia should maintain a low profile, vary daily
routines, avoid crowds and demonstrations, and keep abreast of
local news and developments that may affect the security situation.
Americans can obtain information on travel and security in Indonesia
from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the
United States; or 1-202-501-4444 from outside the United States
and Canada. Americans also can call the Embassy in Jakarta at (62)(21)
3435-9000, the Consulate General in Surabaya at (62) (31) 295-6400,
and the Consular Agent in Bali at (62) (361) 233-605. American
citizens should read the Department of State's Consular Information
Sheet for Indonesia and latest Worldwide Caution Public Announcement,
both available at http://travel.state.gov.
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