Media Release

13 November 2008

Smartraveller Consultative Group Meeting on Indonesia

A meeting of the Smartraveller Consultative Group (SCG) was convened by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on 12 November.

Representatives from airlines flying to Indonesia (Bali and Jakarta), tour operators, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), and the insurance industry attended.

The meeting considered the implications for travellers to Indonesia, including Bali, at this time following the executions of the Bali bombers.

The airlines present, Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Garuda, all indicated arrangements were in place to allow travellers to defer or change their travel plans.

AFTA has details of the terms of these arrangements on its website. DFAT will provide a link to the AFTA website on www.smartraveller.gov.au.

It is important for travellers to look at the specific condition under which they can change their travel plans and other arrangements such as travel insurance.

All Australians who are thinking of changing plans should contact travel providers as soon as possible to take advantage of the stipulated period during which changes can be made without fees being applied.

The Government welcomes the responsible approach of the travel industry. The arrangements put in place continue the excellent understanding the travel industry has also shown on many previous occasions in recent years where security and safety issues have emerged overseas.

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