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TRAVEL ALERT: INDONESIA

TRAVEL ALERT: INDONESIA

TRAVEL ALERT: INDONESIA
   
UNCLAS STATE 116877

SIPDIS

E.O. 13526: N/A
TAGS: CASC, EAIR, ASEC, ID
SUBJECT: TRAVEL ALERT:  INDONESIA

1. The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to
possible travel disruptions within and around Indonesia
due to the ongoing eruption of Mount Merapi.  Mount
Merapi is located in central Java, 250 miles southeast of
Jakarta and 330 miles west of Bali.  The eruption has
already caused cancellations of some flights to/from
Jakarta and at other Indonesian airports closer to Mount
Merapi, including nearby Yogyakarta.  This travel alert
expires on December 31, 2010.

2. We urge U.S. citizens in Indonesia or traveling
through the region to make contingency plans, carry extra
funds, purchase travel insurance, and closely monitor
both the news and air carrier announcements.  U.S.
citizens should stay away from Mount Merapi.  Volcanic
ash has caused hundreds of deaths and injuries in
villages surrounding Mt. Merapi, and the Government of
Indonesia has established an exclusion zone around the
volcano to prevent further casualties.  We remind
Americans that emergency response capabilities in
Indonesia are limited and U.S. citizens there need to be
self reliant.

3. The Department urges Americans living and traveling in
Indonesia to register and update their contact
information through the State Department's travel
registration website to facilitate the U.S. Mission's
contact in the event of an emergency.  All Travel
Warnings, Travel Alerts, Worldwide Cautions, and recent
Messages to Americans are posted on the Embassy website.

4. For the latest security information, Americans living
and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the
Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet
web site, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel
Alerts, Travel Warnings and health-information resources
can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can
also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in
the U.S. and Canada, or, for callers outside the U.S. and
Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These
numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time,
Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
The U.S. Embassy is located at Jalan Medan Merdeka
Selatan No. 4-5, Jakarta; the 24-hour telephone number is
62-21-3435-9000.  The telephone number of the U.S.
Consulate General in Surabaya is 62-31-295-6400; the
number for the U.S. Consulate in Medan is 62-61-451-9000;
and the number for the U.S. Consular Agency in Bali is
62-361-233-605.

5. For information on travel and security issues, U.S.
citizens should also consult the Department of State's
Country Specific Information on Indonesia as well as the
Worldwide Caution found on the Department of State's
Consular Affairs website.

6. Minimize considered.
CLINTON