Safety and security
While the overall political situation is stable, recent demonstrations in central Jakarta resulted in violent clashes between protesters and the police. Moreover, developments elsewhere, including the Middle East, can resonate in Indonesia with similar effect.
You should avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people. If you become aware of any nearby violence you should leave the area immediately. Keep yourself informed of developments, including by monitoring the local media, and maintain a high level of vigilance.
You should be particularly vigilant during holiday periods such as Easter, Christmas, Nyepi (Balinese New Year – 23/24 March), and Independence Day (17 August), which can bring periods of heightened tension in Indonesia.
There is a high threat of terrorism in Indonesia. Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks at any time and anywhere in the country. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places where large groups of people gather or which are known to be frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers: beach resorts, bars and restaurants, hotels and shopping malls hosting major international brand outlets, tourist attractions, places of worship, ferry terminals and airports. Attacks may also target Indonesian Government and law enforcement interests.
You should always take sensible precautions while you’re in Indonesia:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Make sure that you are comfortable with, and regularly review, your security arrangements.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Indonesia, report it to the local police immediately. If you need consular assistance, please contact us at the Irish Embassy in Indonesia.
Lost or stolen passports
If your passport is lost or stolen, report this to the Police immediately and obtain a Police Report. Irish Citizens should be aware that if this occurs, it will delay your travel plans considerably, and incur cost. Along with the time taken to arrange a new travel document, you will subsequently need to get a replacement visa and an exit visa from immigration and this can take at least three working days and may delay your onward travel plans considerably. Please be aware that the Irish Embassy is located in Jakarta.
Caution should be exercised if driving in Indonesia, as roads are congested, and drivers often undisciplined. Bring your full Irish and international driving license, and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
A number of local and tourist deaths in Indonesia have been linked to the consumption of locally-brewed alcohol and rice wine, or 'arak', which has been contaminated with methanol. We advise all travellers, especially in Bali, Lombok and Gili Islands, not to consume this drink.
Commercial aviation services are expanding rapidly in Indonesia. Airlines operating in Indonesia – have now met EU safety standards . Aviation infrastructure in Indonesia is sometimes overstretched, and the difficult terrain and climatic conditions also contribute to a heightened risk. There have been a number of serious incidents recently. Travellers should be aware of these risks, and are advised to take care in choosing airlines, flights and routes.
You should take extra care, particularly when travelling by boat between islands. There have been a number of reports of boats capsizing due to stormy weather. Furthermore, many beaches on the south coast of Java are unsuitable for swimming.
We strongly recommend you do not drink local tap water. Drink or use boiled or bottled water only while visiting Indonesia.
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 09:34:33 BST