12. April 2003

Canadians should not travel to Indonesia, including Bali. Canadians in Indonesia should consider departing if their presence is not essential.

There have been several terrorist attacks throughout Indonesia, including the October 2002 bombings in Bali in which a large number of foreigners were among the victims. Heightened tensions as a result of the Iraq situation, together with increased threats globally from terrorism, put Canadians at greater risk. Canadians should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times as the security situation could deteriorate rapidly without notice. Exercise extreme caution, particularly in commercial and public establishments (hotels, clubs, restaurants, bars, schools, places of worship, outdoor recreation events), and tourist areas frequented by foreigners. Canadians should consider taking extra security precautions, which may include avoiding the establishments mentioned as possible targets. Canadians should monitor local developments, avoid crowds and demonstrations, as well as register and remain in regular contact with the Canadian Embassy in Jakarta (see below) or the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (call collect 613-996-8885).

Serious ongoing ethnic and religious tensions in other areas have resulted in violence and civil unrest. Canadians who choose to remain in Indonesia despite this warning should not travel to the following areas:

a) West Timor (Canadians there should depart);
b) Maluku Islands, including Ambon and the provinces of Maluku and North Maluku (Canadians there should depart);
c) Aceh, northern Sumatra;
d) Central Sulawesi, in and around Poso; and
e) Papua (formerly Irian Jaya).

Particular care should be taken in Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), where an independence movement is active. Tension between the local community and security forces is high. Police permits are required for all travel to Irian Jaya (Papua), except Jayapura.

The province of Maluku is closed indefinitely to foreigners (including journalists, reporters, and correspondents) and foreign non-governmental organizations. Upon application, permits for entry may be issued selectively. These security measures were instituted on April 25, 2002.

Foreigners in and around Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Bali, Manado, Balikpapan, Batam, and other major centres may be the targets of anti-western violence or terrorist attacks. Canadians should keep a low profile, maintain a high level of vigilance, and take extra security precautions as appropriate. Bombings are common and Canadians should be alert for unfamiliar vehicles parked near residences. Unattended packages should be treated with caution and reported to authorities. Bomb threats should be taken seriously.

The Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf group has kidnapped tourists from Sabah, Malaysia, and the Philippines. They have not extended their activities into neighbouring coastal areas of Indonesia, including East Kalimantan and North Sulawesi (the islands of Sangihe and Talaud), but are capable of doing so. Canadians visiting or residing in these areas should be aware of this potential risk.

Canadians arriving from areas affected by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) - such as Canada (Toronto), Vietnam (Hanoi), Singapore, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - may be subject to medical screening. Persons with symptoms of SARS must undergo further medical examinations and, if necessary, go into quarantine.

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade



10. April 2003

This Travel Warning is being issued to remind U.S. citizens of the ongoing security threats in Indonesia. It also alerts U.S. citizens that the Department of State directed that, effective immediately, non-emergency employees of the U.S. Embassy will be allowed to return to Jakarta. However, family members will still not be able to accompany employees in Indonesia. This decision is based on the overall assessment of the security situation in the country. All U.S. citizens in Indonesia are urged to take into account the information contained in this Travel Warning. Other U.S. citizens should defer all travel to Indonesia. This supersedes the March 22, 2003, Travel Warning for Indonesia.

Bali, Indonesia, was the target of a major terrorist attack and the potential still remains for violence and terrorist actions against U.S. citizens and interests. The Jemaah Islamiya (JI) organization, designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, is an extremist group known to have cells operating in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia. JI is known to have connections with al-Qaeda. The terrorist attack in Bali, which took place in an area with a large number of foreign tourists, clearly indicates that a security threat situation extends to private American citizens. The U.S. Government believes extremist elements may be planning additional attacks targeting U.S. interests in Indonesia, particularly U.S. government officials and facilities. As security is increased at official U.S. facilities, terrorists will seek softer targets. These may include facilities where Americans are known to live, congregate, or visit, especially hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, or outdoor recreation events. A series of bombings over the past two and a half years has struck religious, political, and business targets throughout Indonesia. Avoid political demonstrations, which sometimes turn violent. In the border areas near Malaysia and the Philippines, there has been a risk of kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group.

Americans who travel to or reside in Indonesia despite this Travel Warning should keep a low profile, varying times and routes for all required travel, remaining acutely aware of their immediate environment. The U.S. Mission in Indonesia may suspend service to the public and/or close because of security concerns. In these situations, the Embassy and Consulate will continue to provide emergency services to American citizens via telephone.

There is a potential for violence and unrest; both can erupt with little forewarning. Threats, including the possibility of terrorist activity, exist in various parts of Indonesia, including Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya, as well as Kalimantan and Sulawesi. Sectarian/ethnic, communal (inter-intra group), and separatist strife and violence are ongoing threats to personal safety and security in various areas, including Kalimantan, Maluku, North Maluku, Papua, Sulawesi, West Timor and Aceh. Although a treaty was signed between Indonesia and Aceh separatists in December 2002, separatist violence continues.

Information on travel and security in Indonesia may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta can be contacted by phone at (62)(21) 3435-9000, the Consulate General in Surabaya’s number is (62) (31) 568-2287, and the Consular Agency in Bali’s number is (62) (361) 233-605.

Bureau of Consular Affairs of the United States of America



10. April 2003

L'épidémie de pneumopathie atypique qui s'est déclarée dans plusieurs pays ou villes d'Asie suscite de vives inquiétudes dans l'opinion internationale. Le Ministre indonésien de la santé a annoncé le 3 avril que trois cas "suspects" mais non confirmés de cette maladie avaient été identifiés sur le territoire indonésien : un cas à Jakarta, le second cas dans l'île de Batam et le dernier cas à Semarang (Java-Centre). La prudence s'impose donc pour tout déplacement dans cette partie du monde.

Les dernières informations et conseils concernant cette maladie sont disponibles en consultant le site du ministère de la Santé ou en appelant le numéro vert suivant : 0800 150 160

Les opérations militaires en cours en Iraq continuent de susciter une réprobation unanime dans l'opinion et des manifestations quotidiennes, dont l'ampleur reste pour le moment limitée. Une prolongation de l'intervention américano-anglaise pourrait toutefois provoquer, à terme, une plus grande mobilisation.
Ministère Français des Affaires Étrangères



 4. April 2003

We advise against all non-essential travel to Indonesia. There continues to be a high risk of terrorism directed against Westerners throughout the country. If you are already in Indonesia you should consider leaving if your presence is not essential. The number of UK based staff at the British Embassy in Jakarta has been reduced. You should be aware of the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in East and South East Asia. Developments on Iraq and any further increase in regional tension could lead us to further strengthen our travel advice. You should check it daily and follow developments closely.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office London





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