Bali travel alert: Australian tourists are warned over travel to Indonesia

Bali travel alert: Australian tourists are warned over travel to Indonesia as riots escalate in Jakarta DFAT has warned Australians to rethink travel plans to Indonesia, including Bali Riots and clashes between protesters and police take over streets of Jakarta Political unrest escalated this week in the wake of presidential election result Australians warned to  'exercise a high degree of caution' in Indonesia overall

By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

Published: 02:31 BST, 23 May 2019 | Updated: 02:31 BST, 23 May 2019

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Australians have been warned to rethink travel plans to Indonesia as political unrest in the nation's capital escalates in the wake of the presidential election result.    

Violent riots and clashes between protesters and police have taken over the streets of Jakarta since the election commission announced on Tuesday that President Joko Widodo had beaten former general Prabowo Subianto in the April 17 poll. 

Six people have already died in the protests while another 200 have been wounded, according to Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned Australians planning to visit the country to 'exercise a high degree of caution' in Indonesia overall, including tourist hotspot Bali.

Australians are urged to rethink travel plans to Indonesia as riots in Jakarta escalate

Australians are urged to rethink travel plans to Indonesia as riots in Jakarta escalate

Those planning to visit Poso Regency in Central Sulawesi and Papua Province have been urged to reconsider their need to travel due to heightened safety and security risks.

'Indonesian authorities have advised there is an increased risk of violence, including possible acts of terrorism,' DFAT states on the Smart Traveller website. 

Further demonstrations are planned in central Jakarta in the coming days, particularly in the vicinity of the electoral commission office in Menteng, and the Election Supervisory Board in Tanah Abang. 

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