This Travel Warning is being issued to update security information
in Indonesia and to note that the Department of State continues to
warn U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to the country.
This warning supersedes the March 24, 2005 Travel Warning for
The Department urges Americans who choose to travel to Indonesia
despite this Travel Warning to observe vigilant personal security
precautions and to remain aware of the continued potential for
terrorist attacks against Americans, U.S. or other Western interests
in Indonesia. The potential remains for violence and terrorist actions
against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the country.
The terrorist threat in Indonesia remains high. Attacks could occur
at any time and could be directed against any location, including
those frequented by foreigners and identifiably American or other
western facilities or businesses in Indonesia. Such targets could
include but are not limited to places where Americans and other
Westerners live, congregate, shop or visit, including hotels, clubs,
restaurants, shopping centers, identifiably Western businesses,
housing compounds, transportation systems, places of worship, schools,
or public recreation events. Reports suggest attacks could include
targeting individual American citizens.
Jemaah Islamiah has cells in several Southeast Asian countries,
including Indonesia, and connections with al-Qaeda. A terrorist
bombing outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on September 9,
2004, killed eleven and injured more than 180 people. An August 203
terrorist bombing at a major international hotel in Jakarta injured
several American citizens, and seven Americans died in a terrorist
attack in Bali in October 2002.
The U.S. Mission in Indonesia restricts U.S. government employees'
travel to certain areas of the country and, at times, denies them
permission to travel to Indonesia. For the latest security
information, contact a U.S. Mission consular office. The U.S. Mission
can occasionally suspend service to the public, or close, because of
security concerns; in these situations, it will continue to provide
emergency services to American citizens.
Sectarian, ethnic, communal and separatist violence continue to
threaten personal safety and security in several areas. Over the past
three years, domestically targeted bombings have struck religious,
political, and business targets. In 2003, the Jakarta international
airport, an open-air concert in Aceh, and other Indonesian government
facilities were bombed.
Americans should avoid travel to Aceh. Northern parts of the island
of Sumatra, and particularly the province of Aceh, suffered severe
damage following an earthquake and series of tsunami waves on December
26, 2004. While reconstruction efforts are underway, communications
infrastructure, roads, medical care and tourist facilities on the
western and northern coasts of Sumatra, and on coastal islands off
Sumatra, were seriously damaged and have not yet been fully restored.
Infrastructure on the island of Nias was seriously damaged in an
earthquake on March 28, 2005. Adequate lodging facilities are
difficult to find in Aceh and Nias. Regulations regarding entry into
and permission to remain in Aceh can change at any time. As of March
26, 2005, all foreigners wishing to travel to Aceh require written
permission from the Indonesian authorities. Humanitarian workers
should be cautious of their security when traveling in Aceh due to the
continuing potential for separatist and terrorist violence, which
could be directed against American humanitarian assistance workers.
Americans should not travel to Aceh to participate in humanitarian
relief efforts except under the auspices of a recognized assistance
organization that has permission to operate in Indonesia. Americans
participating in relief efforts should make sure that their
organization has facilities in place to accommodate and feed staff and
a security plan approved by Indonesian authorities. All travelers to
Aceh should follow health precautions for travelers to the tsunami
area from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control at .
Americans considering travel to the province of Papua should
exercise extreme caution because of sectarian, ethnic, communal and
separatist strife. Papua's on-going separatist conflict has the
potential to become violent. In August 2002, two Americans were killed
in Papua under as yet unresolved circumstances.
Americans should avoid travel to Maluku, in particular the capital
city of Ambon. Since April 25, 2004, sectarian violence has killed at
least 40 and injured more than 220 people.
Americans should avoid travel to Central, South and Southeast
Sulawesi; those considering travel to North Sulawesi should exercise
extreme caution. Sporadic violence occurred in Poso and in neighboring
areas of Central Sulawesi in 2003 and 2004, resulting in several
fatalities. Central Sulawesi's general security situation remains
unstable; bombings and killings occurred in late 2004 and 2005 in Poso
The Philippine-based terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group poses an ongoing
kidnapping risk/threat in areas near Malaysia and the Philippines.
Americans living and traveling in Indonesia are urged to register
and update their contact information with U.S. Embassy Jakarta, U.S.
Consulate General Surabaya or the U.S. Consular Agent in Bali.
Registration facilitates the U.S. Mission's contact with Americans in
emergency situations, and may be done on line and in advance of
travel. Information on registering can be found at the Department of
State’s Consular Affairs website: