TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Tourism Minister Arief Yahya stated 12 countries have issued a travel advisory for the tourist to visit Indonesia following the series of terrorist attacks and bomb terrors in several regions.
“So, the travel advisory means the country is still safe to visit, it’s an alert; not forbid,” Arief stated when met in the building of Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, Central Jakarta, Wednesday, May 16.
However, Arief went on to say that the warning is considered to be lighter than the one during Mount Agung eruption when several countries issued a travel warning. He explained a country could issue three warnings for its citizens; travel advisory, travel alert, and travel ban.
“The twelve countries include United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hongkong,” Arif added.
Arief understood those countries’ decision to issue the travel warning. However, he pinned hope the terror acts could be quickly overcome thus those countries will then revoke the issuance.
A series of terror acts occurred in Indonesia starting from the prison riot in the National Police’s Mobile Brigade HQ in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java, then Surabaya bomb terrors, until Riau Police HQ attack.