Much has changed in Bali since the tragic events of October 12th
2002. Prior to the attack on that night, security in Bali was
not a high priority as it had never seemed necessary. This has
changed, along with the worlds concerns and security, in Bali
is now among the highest in the world.
The commitment of Police General Pastika (Time Magazine Man of
the Year 2002) and his team in tracking down the terrorists and
obtaining 29 convictions so far, is tangible evidence that terrorism
will not be tolerated on this peaceful Hindu Island.
Bali has successfully hosted the 2003 ASEAN Conference attended
by 15 regional heads of state, and other visitors to the island
including the past President of Indonesia, Megawati, John Howard,
Prime Minister of Australia and George W. Bush, President of the
United States of America.
None of these heads of state, along with 18 others would have
visited Bali if they were unsure of their safety.
Travel warnings to many countries are now a fact of life - there
was no warning against the USA or New York after the September
11th attack for instance. Just as there were no warnings against
the UK at the height of the IRA terror campaign. A most unfortunate
double standard as it scares the faint-hearted away.
Travel warnings appear to be in place as a precaution for foreign
governments in the event of an incident, rather than actual knowledge
of planned attacks and should be taken in the vain they were issued.
This should not stop you coming to Bali, which was voted number
1 holiday destination once again by Time magazine in 2003 and
Conde Nest Travel Magazine in 2004.
Those of us who live and work in Bali, and the ever-increasing
numbers of returning visitors feel safe to enjoy all the amenities
this wonderful Island has to offer.