US Lifts Indonesia Travel Warning

SEMINYAK/JAKARTA ~ The United States lifted this week its travel warning for Indonesia, long a thorny issue between both nations, as Indonesia seeks to bolster its thriving tourism and investment sectors.

“The US has lifted the warning due to objective improvements by Indonesia,” US Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron Hume said in a statement.

The US imposed a travel warning on Indonesia in 2000, following a spate of deadly bombings across the country. Since then, however, the Indonesian authorities have been working with overseas law-enforcement agencies to root out what had been a growing scourge of militancy.

Dozens of arrests were made, with many standing trial over terrorist acts and sentenced, three to death.

“The US Department of State has lifted its Travel Warning for Indonesia after determining the security climate in the country no longer warrants such a warning,” a statement from the US Embassy in Jakarta said.

“…the government of Indonesia has disrupted, arrested and prosecuted numerous terrorist elements,” it said.

Ambassador Hume said the removal of the warning would “lead to more people-to-people ties between the two countries.”

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