Australian Government Ups Security Caution In Indonesia, Warns Of Attack In 'Advanced Stages'

25/02/2016 3:10 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
An Indonesian man holds a banner made for a tourism campaign to encourage people to visit the country, outside the Starbucks cafe where Thursday's attack occurred, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. Indonesians were shaken but refusing to be cowed a day after a deadly attack in a busy district of central Jakarta that has been claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

If you are planning trip to Bali in the coming weeks, read on.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) has updated its travel advice on website Smart Traveller, with a heightened securing warning.

According to the website, "recent indications suggest that terrorists may be in the advanced stages of preparing attacks in Indonesia".

The update comes in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on January 14 by suicide bombers and gunmen in the capital city, Jakarta, that saw eight people killed.

"We continue to receive information that indicates that terrorists may be planning attacks in Indonesia, which could take place anywhere at any time," the website reads.

Since January 2016, a number of threats have reportedly been received by Indonesian authorities from groups purporting to be planning attacks. The Indonesian Government has increased security in response.

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The recent update comes after the Australian government also warned of a possible attack in the Malaysian capital on Sunday.

Despite this, the overall level of advice has not changed. The government advises Australians to maintain a high degree of caution across Indonesia, including Jakarta, Bali and Lombok.

Central Sulawesi, Papua and West Papua remain high-risk provinces due to ongoing security operations by Indonesian authorities against terror groups.

Travellers are urged to be vigilant during holiday periods -- most notably Balinese New Year ('Nyepi') that falls on March 9 and Independence Day on August 17.

In planning activities, DFAT recommends consideration of places known to be terrorist targets and the level of security provided at venues. Local media should be monitored at all times.

For more information, visit Smart Traveller.

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