Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya declared that Indonesia is still safe and conducive for tourists. The Minister released a statement shortly after a failed suicide bomb attack on a police station in Surakarta, Central Java recently, which declares that the entire Indonesian archipelago is safe. The Minister has also condemned several anonymous letters which were circulated to induce fears among the public.
As reported by Beritabali.com, Yahya said: "In the aftermath (of the Surakarta incident), there are no indications of terrorism in tourism areas. Domestic and international tourists, therefore, have no need to worry. There's no need to delay plans to holiday at Indonesian tourism attractions."
The Tourism Minister also said, “Our police are clever. That's been proven. Don't worry. Everything will be all right. Out enforcements agencies are in motion.”
Indonesia’s Minister of Transport, Ignasius Jonan has also called on the public to assist officials in security measures by reporting any suspicious activities or unattended luggage as they travel across Indonesia to visit family and friends. Jonan asked for the public's understanding for any delays they encounter traveling over the holiday period resulting from heightened security measures.
A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle tried to enter the Surakarta (Solo) police precinct early on the morning of July 5, 2016. Barred from entry by a policeman guarding the station, the bomber detonated the bomb and killed himself in the driveway. After the incident, Indonesian Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan instructed various components of the national transport system to be on guard. With immediate effect, securities were stepped up at all air, sea and rail ports across Indonesia.