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Indonesia: Series of Volcanic Eruptions at Mt. Sinabung

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Nearly 20,000 people fled their homes in Sumatra as the island’s Mt. Sinabung volcano erupted at least nine times Dec. 30. The volcano shot lava and gas 23,000 feet into the air and a three-mile danger zone has been enforced around the crater. The volcano was dormant for 400 years before erupting in 2010, [read more]

Bali: Officials Consider Restricting Access to Temples

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Officials are considering restricting access to Hindu temples here, with some temples such as Besakih in eastern Bali already off limits to tourists. Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika first suggested that temples be excluded as tourist destinations, but meetings about imposing new restrictions rather than bans began with the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association and other [read more]

Indonesia: Thousands Evacuated as Volcano Erupts in Sumatra

Date: September 18th, 2013 | No Comments

More than 6,000 people were evacuated when Mount Sinabung erupted in Northern Sumatra Sept. 15 and 17. Though no deaths or serious damage were reported, thousands of villagers vacated a two-mile radius near the volcano and have taken temporary shelter in community halls in the area. After being dormant for 100 years, Mount Sinabung’s most [read more]

Indonesia: Police Foil Terrorist Plot on Sulawesi and Sumbawa

Date: January 9th, 2013 | No Comments

National police killed seven suspected terrorists and arrested four more in a series of recent raids, thwarting a planned attack on tourist hot-spots on Sulawesi and Sumbawa. The terrorists were targeting hotels, churches and police buildings in the Sumbawa town of Bima and Tana Toraja in south Sulawesi, authorities said. Both places are popular tourist [read more]

Indonesia: Ten Years After the Bali Bombing, Are Tourists Safe?

Date: October 17th, 2012 | No Comments

Ten years after the infamous Bali nightclub bombing, should tourists still be concerned about safety? Concerned, perhaps, but not paranoid, say industry experts. The 2002 Islamist attack, one of the first and deadliest aimed at Western tourists, killed 202 people and woke up the tourist industry to a host of new security issues. Tourism has [read more]

Indonesia: Bali Asks For Additional Entry Fee

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

Visitors to Bali will soon be asked to pay an additional entry fee in the amount of $10. The fee is separate from the Visa on Arrival Fee and officials hope to use the collected funds for preservation of the local culture and environment. The new ordinance is currently being drafted by local government agencies. [read more]

Indonesia: Partial Airport Closures In Bali

Date: September 25th, 2013 | No Comments

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation announced the partial closure of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit in October. As Bali welcomes delegates to the summit, commercial flights will be canceled for long periods on Sunday, Oct. 5, Monday, Oct. 6, Wednesday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 9. Garuda Indonesia [read more]

Indonesia: Death Sentence for Drug-Smuggling Grandma

Date: January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

A British grandmother was sentenced to death Jan. 22 for smuggling cocaine into the tourist haven of Bali. Police arrested the 56-year-old woman at Denpasar airport in May, after finding more than 10 lbs. of cocaine—worth about $2.5 million—hidden in her luggage. The British government has decried the sentence as too harsh and a human [read more]

Indonesia: Police Halt Terrorist Plot to Bomb U.S. Embassy

Date: October 31st, 2012 | No Comments

National police have arrested eleven Islamic militants that appeared to be plotting to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, as well as its consulate in Surabaya and other Western facilities. During an Oct. 26-27 raid, authorities recovered numerous explosives from a Java housing complex where the group was based, including a bomb that was assembled [read more]

Indonesia: Doctors Warn Travelers to Avoid Locally Brewed Spirits

Date: August 7th, 2012 | No Comments

After a 19-year-old backpacker from New Zealand suffered permanent eye damage from drinking locally brewed alcohol, doctors are reminding visitors to Indonesia to avoid the cheap spirit called “arak” or “arrack.” Produced illegally and often distilled improperly, arak may contain enough methanol to cause blindness or even death. A ubiquitous ingredient in cheap or complimentary [read more]

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