I am heading from Australia to Bali in two days. I am a female who is planning to travel around Bali, perhaps Lombok and also Java. I understand there are protests in Jakarta regarding the 'Spying Scandal' of the Australian Government on the Indonesia government. I am becoming slightly nervous about my visit and am worried it will put me in danger or change the way in which locals interact with/perceive me. Perhaps I am being extra-cautious however it would be great to her if there opinion, especially those living in relevant areas.
#1 Jade78 has been a member since 22/11/2013. Posts: 2
It looks like there were demonstrations today at your embassy in Jakarta, but overall your Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is just recommending using a high degree of caution while travelling in Indonesia, mostly from non-specific and unrelated terrorist threats. You can read the details here:
Tell everyone you're American.
#3 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
I did check out SmartTraveller. I guess I was hoping for people living in these areas by thank you for your reply
MADMAC, given the context I do not know whether you are being humorous or serious?
#4 Jade78 has been a member since 22/11/2013. Posts: 2
Seriously, nobody is going to really give a **** where you're from. They ask as a way to make conversation. Stay away from Islamic psychos and you'll be fine.
#5 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
The Balinese will be more interested in your money than what is going on in Jakarta ! Bali is crawling with Aussies at the moment (I'm here now). Seriously, I wouldn't worry about it.
I highly doubt that it will be an issue in Jakarta either. I wouldn't let it stop me. Tell them you're from NZ (not an American!).