On 21 March 2023, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “On Wednesday 23 March all U.S. government offices in Indonesia will be closed in observance of the national Nyepi (Silent Day) holiday. This includes the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and U.S. Consulate in Surabaya.

“Please Note: The U.S. Consular Agency in Bali will be closed from 12pm Tuesday 22 March due to Bali authorities preparing for the holiday. All offices will reopen on Thursday 24 March.

“U.S. citizens in Bali should expect major road closures, store closures, airport closure and reduced data network services during the Nyepi holiday in Bali on Wednesday 23 March. Public movement during Nyepi is largely restricted except for emergency reasons. Please check with your property owner, hotel manager or someone with a similar function if you are unsure what activities are permitted in your exact area.

“U.S. citizens in Bali should be aware of a current enforcement campaign by the Indonesian authorities – including hundreds of police, immigration, transportation, and tourism officials. The campaign, which is focused of ensuring that foreign tourists and residents in Bali are complying with local laws, is resulting in increased enforcement of traffic and vehicle violations, illegal work or other visa violations, illegal drug possession and other crimes.”

The full text of the alert is available here.