Indonesia travel advice

There is a high threat from terrorism. Terrorist groups continue to plan and carry out attacks. These groups have the capacity and intent to carry out attacks at anytime and anywhere in the country.

Even though the Indonesian authorities have successfully disrupted attack planning in the recent past, the threat from Islamist extremism remains high.

The last successful major attack was on 17 July 2009 when the JW Marriot and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta were bombed. One British national was killed. Small scale attacks occur on a regular basis and further attacks are likely.

Indonesian government, law enforcement interests and places of worship are regularly targeted by extremists. Western interests are also at risk.

Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners. Beach resorts, bars and restaurants, hotels, markets, shopping malls hosting major international brand outlets, tourist attractions, places of worship, foreign embassies, ferry terminals and airports are all potential targets.

Be vigilant and take care at all times. You should regularly review your security arrangements and be particularly vigilant during holiday periods including Easter, the Christmas and New Year period, Nyepi (Balinese New Year, 21 March 2015) and Independence Day (17 August), which can be a time of heightened tension and increased risk.

There is a risk of kidnapping at sea in and around the waters of Indonesia. This risk is higher in the Sulu and Celebes seas.

There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally western interests and nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

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