RELEASE DATE: 21 May 2018

The terror attacks in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, East Java last week were a tragedy, and the team at Real Indonesia would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to all communities affected in Surabaya and beyond. The team all have deep connections to Indonesia, which makes these events personally distressing, including that the Founder’s past host family were attending another church on the same street, at the same time, as one of the attacks occurred.

As many of you are aware, we had scheduled new pilot tours in East Java which visit Surabaya in July this year. In light of the recent situation, we understand that many tourists might feel uneasy about visiting, and so we’ve ended the official promotion of this pilot tour.

But we don’t believe that Surabaya, or Indonesia in general, is unsafe for travellers.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the advice from the Australian Government and that from our local partner in East Java. In light of these events, the Australian Government has not raised the travel warning for Indonesia. Our local partner in East Java expressed that “Indonesia is safe and local police forces are devoting every effort to keep every holiday destination safe. We are very happy to welcome you in Indonesia.”

In trying times, communities band together to support one another, it’s the connections that we forge with one another that fight the spread of hate. We’re committed to building strong and lasting connections with our neighbours in Indonesia and creating more opportunities for Australians and Indonesians to share culture, knowledge and friendship. While we we’re no longer promoting the pilot tours, we’re still going to be headed to East Java, including Surabaya, in July.

The team will still be going to test out and fully document this experience, and Real Indonesia will continue working to build connections and bridge communities, across oceans and ideologies.

We encourage travellers who are interested in visiting East Java with us on the pilot experience to speak with us and discuss important considerations or concerns they might have.