Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 17:19:13 +0700
Subject: Travel Advice Update 16 August 2007 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
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Travel Advice: Indonesia

This Advice was issued on Thursday, 16 August 2007, 18:33:24, EST.

The following travel advisory has been reviewed and reissued.

This advice has been reviewed and reissued. It contains new information under Local Laws (update), Local Customs (update) and Information for Dual Nationals (update). The overall level of the advice has not changed.

Local Laws
When you are in Indonesia be aware that local laws and penalties, including ones that appear harsh by Australian standards, do apply to you. If you are arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you but we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Travellers should note some aspects of Sharia (Islamic) Law have been introduced in Aceh and travellers should seek to inform themselves of relevant provisions.

Information on what Australian consular officers can and cannot do to help Australians in trouble overseas is available from the Consular Services Charter.

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty. Penalties for possession of even small amounts of recreational drugs include heavy fines and imprisonment. Indonesian police target illegal drug use and possession across Indonesia, and in particular popular places and venues in Bali and Jakarta.

Serious crimes, such as murder, treason and piracy, may attract the death penalty.

Gambling is illegal in Indonesia. There have been cases where tourists have fallen victim to organised gambling gangs, particularly in Bali, resulting in the loss of large sums of money and threats of violence if travellers are unable to pay the debt.

You should obey signs that prohibit photography. If in doubt, seek advice from local officials.

To drive in Indonesia you will require an Indonesian or international driver's licence appropriate to the type of vehicle. Only having an Australian licence will not be sufficient.

Some Australian criminal laws, such as those relating to money laundering, bribery of foreign public officials, terrorism and child sex tourism, apply to Australians overseas. Australians who commit these offences while overseas may be prosecuted in Australia.

Australian authorities are committed to combating sexual exploitation of children by Australians overseas. Australians may be prosecuted at home under Australian child sex tourism laws. These laws provide severe penalties of up to 17 years imprisonment for Australians who engage in sexual activity with children under 16 while outside of Australia.

Local Customs
There are conservative standards of dress and behaviour in many parts of Indonesia. You should find out what customs are observed in your destination and take care not to offend. If in doubt, seek local advice.

Information for Dual Nationals

Indonesia's citizenship legislation now permits children born to an Indonesian parent and a foreign parent to maintain citizenship of both countries until their 18th birthday. For more information, contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate of
Indonesia or visit Indonesia's the Department of Law and Human Rights website.

Our Travel Information for Dual Nationals brochure provides further information for dual nationals.

For a full text of the revised advisories, please refer to:

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