Smart Traveller Issues Bali Travel Warning for Australian Families

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If you're planning on travelling to Bali in the next few weeks, you'll want to add more than just your passport to your list of travel must-haves.

Australian travellers are being warned to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to Indonesia's most popular province.

Smart Traveller Issues Bali Travel Warning for Australian Families

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Bali's famous rice fields.

Bali is one of Australia's most popular travel destinations, with over 1 million Aussies travelling to its balmy shores every year for sun, surf, shopping, and some of the best sunsets in the world. 

Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy, and while the archipelago is known for its calm vibes, the country has a long history of political unrest among its 270 million residents. Boisterous political rallies are commonplace in Bali, which is why Australia's most trusted travel advisory, Smart Traveller have released an official travel warning to all Australian travellers visiting Bali throughout February 2024 in the wake of the country's upcoming presidential election. 

Indonesia's 2024 Election Poses Risks for Aussie Travellers

The 2024 Indonesia election takes place on Wednesday 14 February 2024 and is a three-way race between former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan, former military general Prabowo Subianto, and former Central Java governor Ganjar Pranowo.

According to Smart Traveller, "Frequent political rallies and possible protests are likely to occur in the lead-up to the election. Expect traffic delays and restricted access to locations if protests occur. Avoid protests and demonstrations and monitor local media for the latest updates."

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Indonesia's volcanoes can erupt at any time. 

Alongside the election, the government advises Australian travellers to be mindful of possible terror attacks and the country’s many active volcanoes, which can erupt without warning.

The Australian Government continues to advise Aussies to 'reconsider' their need to travel to the provinces of Papua (Papua), Papua Highlands (Papua Pegunungan), Central Papua (Papua Tengah) and South Papua (Papua Selatan), where 'conflict between different communities can sometimes occur.'

Need More Information?

The Australian Consulate-General, Bali advises all travellers to Bali to regularly monitor Smart Traveller for the most up-to-date travel advice.

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