Date: May 05 2012
The Australian government has lowered its overall threat level for Indonesia following a fresh security assessment of the country.
The travel advice was raised to the second-highest warning level in the wake of the second wave of Bali bombings in October 2005, but was downgraded to level two yesterday. While the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade continues to warn a terrorist attack may occur in Indonesia at any time, it no longer advises Australians to ''reconsider their need to travel''.
It instead warns Australians to ''exercise a high degree of caution'' when in Indonesia. The updated travel advice ''reflects the government's current assessment of the security environment'' and puts Indonesia on par with countries such as the Philippines, Thailand and India.
Countries which remain on level three include Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
The new overall advice level includes Bali, which has in the past been targeted by terrorists, including as recently as March.
The DFAT advisory continues to warn against travel to Central Sulawesi, Maluku, Papua and West Papua, which are on level four, because of concerns about sectarian tensions. AAP
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