The New Zealand Ministry of Affairs has re-evaluated the travel conditions in Indonesia. On march 27 2009, they warn that travel to this regions is still considered high risk.
Online PR News – 07-April-2009 – – According to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia still remains a high risk region for travelers. In July 2008, Indonesian authorities arrested nine suspected terrorists in Palembang, South Sumatra found making bombs, reportedly in preparation for anti-Western attacks. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in Indonesia, and could be directed at any location known to be frequented by foreigners. Possible targets for terrorist attacks include (but are not limited to) embassies, hotels, bars, restaurants (including fast food outlets), identifiably western businesses, shopping malls, schools, places of worship, tourist resorts, residential areas and all other areas where foreigners tend to gather.
"There is also a risk of kidnapping and civil unrest in certain parts of Indonesia." Travel is considered high risk in Bali, Aceh, Central Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua and West Papua.
Mike Chiango, president of Premier Agents Group, LLC advises all travelers to this region to first check with your countries governing body for travel to learn more about possible travel advisories and cautions. He also encourages those traveling to hot spots around the globe to obtain a kidnap and ransom insurance policy. Mr. Chiango states, "The kidnapping and ransom insurance helps to fund the safe release of victims but also provides a crisis management team that is highly trained in hostage release situations." Mr. Chiango's company provides travel risk insurance.