Tuesday, 28 Jan 2020

14 countries issue travel advisories following terrorist attacks


illustrationillustration - Some 14 countries have issued a travel advisory urging their citizens traveling to Indonesia to remain vigilant and take care at all times. The warning was given following a series of terror attacks in the nation's second-largest city Surabaya.

"As of May 16, at 2:55 p.m. local time, as many as 14 countries have issued a travel advisory in connection with the terror attacks in Surabaya and Sidoarjo, Head of the Public Communication Bureau of the Ministry of Tourism Guntur Sakti stated here on Wednesday.

Countries issuing the travel advisory were the Great Britain, the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Ireland, Canada, France, the Philippines, Switzerland, and Brazil.

"The Tourism ministry has lauded and viewed the matter, as the countries' obligation to protecting their citizens overseas and not as a ban on visits," Sakti noted, adding that Indonesia will also follow suit for the sake of the citizens' protection.

Australians holidaying in Bali and other parts of Indonesia should avoid major night clubs and be extremely cautious following recent terror attacks, according to a Perth-based expert on the country.

Institute president Ross Taylor has been a regular visitor to the country for decades and said holidaymakers should exercise a high level of care during Ramadan. “Drunken Aussies out in public could be potentially dangerous,” he said.

“I would suggest young people avoid major nightclubs during this time and have a great holiday but act respectfully and sensibly at all times.”***








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