Indonesia will not be issuing entry to foreigner as of 20 March. It’s believed the restrictions are in place for one month, and include entry to Bali by Australians.

Following an uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, the risk of transmission is increasing across the Indonesian archipelago, including in Bali.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs announced on 18 March that there is a limited availability of testing and infection control facilities in Indonesia. Critical care for Australians who become seriously ill, including in Bali, is significantly below the standards available in Australia. Medical evacuation to Australia may be not be possible and, if it is, very expensive.

From 20 March, Indonesia will suspend its visa exemption policy for short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic/service visa-free facilities for all countries, for a period of 1 month.

– Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra. Source

The announcement made on Smartraveller adds that if a traveller returning to Australian is suspected or confirmed to have COVID19, they will likely be placed in quarantine and be unable to leave Indonesia until cleared or recovered.

Measures to reduce the spread

Indonesian authorities have implemented a raft of measures aimed at reducing the spread of COVID19 including travel restrictions, cancellation of events, closure of tourist attractions and schools, and asking people to avoid large public gatherings.

Australian diplomatic missions in Jakarta, Bali, Makassar and Surabaya have restricted entry to all but essential visitors and for urgent business only. For passport or consular services call or e-mail in advance for an appointment.

Returning home

If you’re in Indonesia, and wish to return to Australia, it’s recommended you do so as soon as possible by commercial means.

For urgent consular assistance contact:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 from within Australia
  • +61 421 269 080 from SMS

For non-urgent inquiries, email

Transparency and accuracy: Today’s announcement by DFAT does not include a statement on when Indonesia’s COVID19 entry visa policy will be revoked. Information regarding the 1 month period was sourced from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra.

See the announcement by Smartraveller

See the update by Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra

Whether it’s quitting a job to sail the seven seas, pursuing a search for self across the continents, or overcoming tragedy through travel, the heartfelt travel memoirs of real-life women never cease to inspire us. Here’s 7 reads the Jane gals can’t wait to get stuck into.

Female travel is not a new phenomenon – women have been adventuring solo since the 1800s. Yet, as more women share their stories through travel blogs, social media groups and published memoirs, their intrepid travel tales are reaching a wider audience. By breaking down all kinds of social conventions, they inspire others to do the same. So if you’re thinking of setting off on an epic voyage of your own, or simply in the mood for a bit of armchair travel, let these 7 female travel picks from Good Reads light the way.

The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost – Rachel Friedman (2011)

“Rachel Friedman has always been the consummate good girl who does well in school and plays it safe, so the college grad surprises no one more than herself when, on a whim (and in an effort to escape impending life decisions), she buys a ticket to Ireland, a place she has never visited. There she forms an unlikely bond with a free-spirited Australian girl, a born adventurer who spurs Rachel on to a yearlong odyssey that takes her to three continents, fills her life with newfound friends, and gives birth to a previously unrealized passion for adventure. As her journey takes her to Australia and South America, Rachel discovers and embraces her love of travel and unlocks more truths about herself than she ever realized she was seeking. Along the way, the erstwhile good girl finally learns to do something she’s never done before: simply live for the moment.” – Rachel Friedman

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Book C-20 | The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman · "What happens when we lose the things that anchor us? What if, instead of grasping at something to hold on to, we pull up our roots and walk away? Instead of trying to find the way back, we walk deeper and deeper into the woods, willing ourselves to get lost. In this place where nothing is recognizable. Not the people or the language or the food, we are truly on our own. Eventually, we find ourselves unencumbered by the past or the future. Here is a fleeting glimpse of our truest self, our self in the present moment." · A quick read to spark the travel bug within! The main author is likable and writes with simplicity yet depth. She hops from Ireland to Australia, North America to wandering around South America. As someone who has been fortunate enough to travel and see a few places in the world, I loved Rachel's ability to bring me back to the booths in Galway, the common rooms of hostels. Furthermore, as someone standing at a crossroads, a dear friend left this book for me to keep me company when I needed it. The writing is a bit younger than what I normally read but it kept my attention and diagnosed me with a severe case of wanderlust. If you're looking for a fun escape or something to motivate you to go on and buy that plane ticket, pick this one up. · · ✈️ rec level: 3.75 of 5 | for fans of: Wild by Cheryl Strayed · · #book #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #rachelfriedman #bookshelf #bookclub #bookish #bearsbeetsbooks #goodgirlsguidetogettinglost

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How Not to Travel the World: Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker – Lauren Juliff (2015)

“I had no life experience, zero common sense and had never eaten rice. I suffered from debilitating anxiety, was battling an eating disorder and had just had my heart broken. I hoped by leaving to travel the world I would be able to heal myself. Instead, Lauren’s travels were full of bad luck and near-death experiences. Over the space of a year, she was scammed and assaulted, lost teeth and swallowed a cockroach. She fell into leech-infested rice paddies, was caught up in a tsunami, her motorbike’s brakes failed and she experienced a very unhappy ending during a massage in Thailand. It was just when Lauren was about to give up on travel that she stumbled across a handsome New Zealander with a love of challenges…”-Lauren Juliff

Uncanny Valley – Anna Wiener (2020)

“In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener—stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial–left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress.

Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building…”- Anna Wiener

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I actually listened to this as an audiobook, but wanted to post a review so much that I snook a photo in Waterstones… – – – I think one of my favourite discoveries of the last year or so is how much I LOVE memoir, and this was absolutely no exception. Uncanny Valley is Anna Wiener’s account of how she left her New York publishing job and moved to California, caught up in a whirlwind of excitement about the tech industry: lucrative salaries; west coast weather; casual dress code; free beer. I came for the publishing talk – and it’s true, the first chapter or so is a brilliant portrayal of everything that’s wrong with this crazy little industry – but I stayed for the witty, insightful writing, the adventure into the quirks of start up culture, and the cutting take down of tech bros. Honestly, this is so good! So good! Also, this was one of the best audiobook readings I’ve come across – like listening to a really long, really engaging podcast. – – – #uncannyvalley #bookstagram #shelfie #booksbooksbooks #currentlyreading

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Love with a Chance of Drowning – Torre DeRoche (2011)

“A city girl with a morbid fear of deep water, Torre DeRoche is not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific aboard a leaky sailboat – total crew of two – struggling to keep an old boat, a new relationship and her floundering sanity afloat. Set against a backdrop of the world’s most beautiful and remote destinations, Love with a Chance of Drowning is a sometimes hilarious, often moving and always breathtakingly brave memoir that proves there are some risks worth taking.” – Torre DeRoche

This is How I Save My Life: A True Story of Finding Everything When You are Willing to Try Anything – Amy B. Scher (2018)

“When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lyme disease, the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life–from the top experts in Los Angeles and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago. After exhausting all of her options in the US, she discovered a possible cure–but it was highly experimental, only available in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her as it did of curing her. Knowing the risks, Amy packed her bags anyway and flew across the world hoping to find the ultimate cure.”

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I'm @amybscher and am thrilled to be taking over this awesome Instagram account for a few days. Thank you, @jenpastiloff! I'm an author who lives in NYC with my beautiful wife and two bad cats. I have a brand new book coming out on Tuesday called THIS IS HOW I SAVE MY LIFE — about traveling around the world to try to heal from an incurable condition…and finding everything I never knew I needed along the way. There were many things I learned that we need in order to be happy and healthy beings when it feels like all the odds are stacked against us. But one of the biggest? WE ARE ENOUGH. We are already enough even without doing a thing. I'll be reminding myself of this a billion times this week when I'm terrified to have all my words out in the world. Maybe we can remind each other. For more about the book: #youareenough #howisavemylife #jenpastiloff

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Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad – by Firoozeh Dumas (2008)

“In the bestselling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.) Dumas also documents her first year as a new mother, the familial chaos that ensues after she removes the television set from the house, the experience of taking fifty-one family members on a birthday cruise to Alaska, and a road trip to Iowa with an American once held hostage in Iran.” – Firoozeh Dumas

Confessions of a Paris Party Girl: A Humorous Travel Memoir – Vicki Lesage (2014)

Wine, romance, and French bureaucracy – the ups and downs of an American’s life in Paris. This laugh-out-loud memoir is almost too funny to be true! Drinking too much bubbly. Meeting sappy Frenchmen who have girlfriends or are creeps or both. Encountering problème after problème with French bureaucracy. When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to taste wine, stuff her face with croissants, and maybe fall in love.

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Ever seen the term legal liability on your travel insurance policy and wondered what it means? The short answer – you shouldn’t travel without it.

Sure, accidents happen on holiday. And when they happen to you personally, you only have yourself to think about in terms of recovering – be it physically or financially. But what happens when an accident that you caused impacts another person? Or their property?

What if you find yourself responsible, accidently of course – for putting someone in hospital, or worse? And what if the country you’re in love a good lawsuit, like the litigious USA or countries that target tourists with legal action to make a quick buck?

Or that if you make an innocent mistake that lands you in hot water simply because you didn’t know the rules and regulations of your holiday destination?

This, is where legal liability travel insurance cover steps in.

Legal liability benefit

Travel with Jane’s legal liability benefit covers you when you’re legally liable for causing damage to property, or injuring a person. This built-in cover is there to protect you from the financial burden of a claim made against you, by a third party. Not your travel companion, kids or relatives, but a third party completely separate from you.

Injuring a person and being held legally liable

Legal liability cover kicks in if you’re found to be responsible for injuring a person who is not a member of your family or travelling party. This means, you accidently hurt a complete stranger, and now the injured person has made a legal claim against you to pay for their hospital bills and other costs.

For instance, you inadvertently create a tripping hazard by leaving a heavy suitcase near the entrance of a hotel. A guest walks in and takes a bone-breaking tumble over your bag.

Travel with Jane will pay you if you injure someone or cause someone to die, during your trip. If you become legally liable to pay compensatory damages, or are required to pay reasonable legal costs and expenses for settling and defending a claim made against you, our legal liability is the benefit you’ll need.

Damaging property and being held legally liable

If during your trip you accidentally damage someone’s property, you’re going to want legal liability cover to pay for the costs of lawyers, and settlement.

Imagine accidentally setting your hotel room on fire because you left the iron on overnight? Or knocking over a priceless artifact in a museum with the swing of your handbag? The legal costs could run into the hundreds of thousands.

In cases where you accidentally damage a third party’s property, Travel with Jane will cover compensatory damages, legal costs and expenses for settling and defending a claim made against you.

Travel with Jane offers legal liability benefits across all levels of cover

The risk or become financially responsible for an accident – or even facing jail time during your travels overseas or here in Australia, is such a worry that most travel insurances include cover automatically.

If you need to make a claim to cover the costs of legal fees, a maximum payout of $3,500,000 is available on Saver, Basic, and Comprehensive cover.

For legal liability cases that happen in Australia during domestic travel, a payout of up to  $1,000,000 in available on Travel with Jane’s Domestic cover.

When you won’t be covered for legal liability costs

Travel with Jane offers legal liability cover for incidents that are purely accidental, and affect other parties. So to be clear, here are examples of when we won’t be able to cover you.

The injured party needs to be completely independent from you

Legal liability claims won’t work if the claim is for you, your travelling companion or a relative or employee of either of you.

damaged property is not yours

Legal liability claims won’t work if the claim relates to property belonging to you, or in your care or control. Similarly, the damaged property cannot belong to your travelling companion, a relative of yours, or an employee. This o

No Cars or guns

Legal liability claims won’t work if the claim against you relates to the use of any a car, or any other vehicle, aircraft, or firearms. So if you crash your rental car into someone’s front garden and do serious damage – you can’t claim for the payment of legal liability fees.

if a business is at fault

Legal liability claims won’t work if the claim against you arises from the conduct of a business. This includes you providing professional advice or a service. So if you’re travelling to exhibit at a tradeshow, and signage from your stand collapses and injures a client, who then goes on to claim damages against you – you won’t be covered by your travel insurance legal liability benefit.

Reckless behaviour

If you caused an accident due to reckless behaviour and willful disregard for the consequences , all responsibility lies with you and a legal liability claim won’t be possible. Similarly, we won’t cover claims related to assault, intentional harm or battery committed by you, or at your direction.

Spreading Disease

No one wants to hold the title of ‘super spreader’, and doubly so, as travel insurance won’t cover a legal claim made by a person you infected. In the topical case of you unknowingly spreading the coronavirus and then being sued for related hospital or quarantine costs – legal liability cover will unfortunately not count.

Very specific and strict conditions apply. Not all rules and exclusions have been listed here. Please see the Combined Product Disclosure Statement and Financial Services Guide for full details.

How to lodge a legal liability claim

The amount that we can pay out in the event of a third party legal liability claim, due to an accident, depends on the supporting evidence you can share with us.  If you need to submit a claim, these are the sorts of documents will need to see, if applicable:

  • Medical report
  • Police reports
  • The deceased’s death certificate
  • Court judgements
  • Lawyers invoices

Remember, we’re here to support you, so if you find yourself in a situation where a claim is likely, get in touch with us as soon as possible, so that we may guide you on your next steps and about the information we’ll need for your claim.

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Travel insurance exists to cover the cost of the unforeseen, such as an unexpected illness, accident and medical emergency or the theft of your devices and belongings.

Travel insurance is also there if you have to cancel your trip before departing, or need to return early due to an emergency. But before you buy, here are 10 things you need to know.

1. Buy ASAP to cover cancellations

Forked out a ton on tours, hotels and flights? Buy travel insurance as soon as you’ve booked to cover trip cancellation and cancellations due to illness, redundancy or other unforeseen reasons. Know that cancellation cover is typically offered only on Comprehensive policies.

2. Buy the right policy for you, your destination and activities

Make sure a travel insurance policy is right for your needs by checking the table of benefits. Certain destinations offer excellent medical care, while others do not. In many cases, anything less than Comprehensive cover won’t take care of cancellations and medical evacuations. Similarly you made need to by optional extra cover for certain risky activities like scuba diving and water sports and winter sports at the snow.

3. Not all pre-existing medical conditions are covered

Check that your medical conditions are covered. Many pre-existing medical conditions are automatically covered by travel insurance. If yours is not on the list and you need to claim medical cover because of it, your claim may be rejected.

4. Comprehensive cover may be compulsory

Certain countries require proof of travel insurance in order to apply for entry visas or visas for longer stays. In most cases comprehensive cover is required to cover medical and hospital costs as we all medical transport and evacuations. This applies to countries in the Schengen Zone including Greece, Italy and Spain.

Apart from country restrictions, many tour operators and accommodation providers need to know that you’re adequately covered for medical emergencies. These include Contiki Tours and Stray Asia tours.

5. Read terms and conditions of credit card cover

Think your credit card insurance will be enough? Do your homework and read the fine print. The cover provided by credit cards is often limited and restricted to products or services bought using the card.

6. Cruise holidays need specialised cover

Going on a cruise? For cruise trips longer than 2 days you will need travel insurance in order to claim for cancellation and medical costs. Travel with Jane offers a Cruise Add-on with specialised cover for cruise, yacht and ferry trips in Australia and abroad.

7. Snowboarding and skiing needs extra cover

Heading to snow? You’ll most certainly need special winter sports cover to look after injuries or medical emergencies due to snowboarding and skiing. Due to the high probability of serious injuries, and the exorbitant cost of airlifting injured travellers off remote mountain tops, travel insurance providers require you to add specific snow cover to your policy. See our Snow Add-on. 

8. Limits apply for pregnant travellers

Travelling while pregnant? There’s a limit to the days you’re allowed to fly up to, as well as be covered by travel insurance. In the event of an emergency birth overseas, your medical bill may be covered, but the costs of your newborn are definitely not covered. Learn more about how travel insurance works while pregnant, and check out Jane’s Pregnancy Add-on

9. Travel must start and end in Australia

You’re only covered if your policy is bought while you’re in Australia, not once you’ve left or arrived at your overseas destination. If you land, only to discover you need travel insurance as an entry visa condition, or a stipulation by your tour operator, you will be able to buy Australian travel insurance online, but any claim you make won’t be supported.

10. Natural disasters and disease outbreaks

Once a natural disaster, pandemic, or major global event with impacts on travel has been adequately announced in the media like the coronavirus, and by travel or health authorities, and you buy travel insurance, you’ll probably not be covered for a related claim.

That’s because travel insurance is there to take care of unforeseen events. Once an event is common knowledge, and a travel advisory to ‘do not travel’ has been issued by the Australian government, travellers buying flights, accomodation and insurance do so in full knowledge that their trip may be impacted.

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We donate 10% of sales to challenge gender inequality

Each time you buy a Travel with Jane policy, we give 10% to a not-for-profit working to close the gender gap. Help us bridge the divide in Australia and abroad.


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Reach out

We’re here to help! It’s our job to make sure you’re looked after, wherever in the world you may find yourself.

How you get in touch may differ depending on your situation – and wifi – so check out our  range of contact options to find a way that works for you.


“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry,
and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

— Maya Angelou


4 Levels of cover

Women love nothing more than options, right? So we offer 4 levels of cover to choose from, which means  you only pay for the travel insurance you need. No matter which level of cover you choose, rest assured that each one comes with unlimited emergency medical cover as standard.


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