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Australia Reduces the Travel Warning Level for Bali and Indonesia

(5/6/2012) The Australian government has revised its travel advice for Indonesia, reducing the level of threat to the same level as Philippines, India, Turkey and Thailand.

While Australians were formerly told to “reconsider the need to travel” to Indonesian they are now offered the less strident warning to “exercise a high degree of caution.”

The reduction in warning level puts Bali and the rest of Indonesia on same warning level as that in place before the first Bali bombing of 2002.

While warning that terrorist attacks can occur in Indonesia at any time, the Australian government reduced warning is seen as acknowledging Indonesia’s many achievements in combating terrorism.

Quoted by the National News Agency Antara, the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty said, "This is a positive development, based on a carefully considered assessment of the level of threat to Australian travelers in Indonesia."

The same warning also issues a cautionary note to traveling Australians on the severe penalties for committing drug offenses in Indonesia.