MEDIA RELEASE

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
AUSTRALIA

D73

8 October 1998

Situation in Bali

Australians are reminded of the travel advisory for Indonesia issued on 5 August 1998 and the Bulletin to Australian Citizens first issued by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on 1 October 1998 as outlined below.

The situation in Bali is calm and services for tourists are generally operating normally. However, a Congress of one of the major political parties in Indonesia - the PDI (Megawati) - will take place on Bali 8-10 October. Military and police authorities in Bali have advised that they are taking steps to ensure that the Congress does not disrupt normal daily business and tourism activities in Bali. Authorities advised that the Congress meetings will be held at the Grand Bali Beach Hotel (GBBH) in Sanur and that mass meetings will be held at the Kapten Jaba Square, Padang Galak on the outskirts of Denpasar. Security forces will cordon off this area.

Travellers to Bali may expect some disruption to normal services during this period. Traffic congestion is expected due to anticipated road closures in this area and the number of participants using the roads in southern Bali during the period of the Congress.

As notified in the 5 August Travel Advisory for Indonesia, Australians should avoid crowds and demonstrations that could be construed to have a political purpose and also observe directions given to them by hotel staff.

Please refer to the Travel Advisory for Indonesia.

Media Inquiries:

Tony Melville/Kirk Coningham (02) 6261 1555