Travellers to Bali told to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’

Tourists strolling along the central street of Ubud. Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. It's full of restaurants, yoga studios, spa’s and shops. This traditional country town is home to one of Bali's royal families.

Holidaymakers to Bali have been warned to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’ as local Ramadan celebrations are expected to impact airports, roads, and public transport.

Smartraveller has released a warning for all areas of Indonesia and the greater Jakarta area which includes Bali.

Aussies have been warned that risks are expected to rise as locals return to their villages for Idul Fitri – a major holiday that celebrates the end of Ramadan. The mass exodus is known locally as “mudik”.

Smartraveller said, “Exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia overall due to security risks.”

“Higher levels apply in some areas.”

Whilst the national holiday takes place on April 10 and 11, Smartraveller  has warned tourists to stay on alert until the 22 April.

“This may impact traffic and public transport, including airports, seaports, highways, toll roads, train and bus stations,” Smartraveller said.

“Airports are expected to be busy.

“Plan your travel carefully and prepare for significant delays.”

While the majority of Bali’s population is Hindu, there is a large Muslim community and tourists have been told there may be stricter rules.

‘Don’t assume everything you want to do will be available,’ Smartraveller said.

‘Be prepared for changes in everyday life.’

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