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Urgent travel warning for Aussies in Bali

Aussies who are currently holidaying in Bali or plan to visit the holiday hotspot should allow for more travel time as Ramadan comes to an end in Indonesia.

While Bali is a majority Balinese Hindu province, the population is mostly Muslim and the Eid al-Fitr holiday is one of the biggest festivals on the calendar.

As such Aussies and tourists alike have been warned to allow for plenty of time to travel to and from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport with roads expected to be clogged as

the island celebrates the end of the Islamic holy month on April 9 and 10.

Smarttraveller Australia has warned Aussie holiday-makers to be prepared and “stay alert”.

“We’ve reviewed our advice for Indonesia and continue to advise exercise a high degree of caution,” it states on the site.

“The Idul Fitri holiday period will take place between 10 – 22 April. Many people will travel throughout the country, including the greater Jakarta area.

“This may impact traffic and public transport, including airports, seaports, highways, toll roads, train and bus stations. Airports are expected to be busy. Plan your travel carefully and prepare for significant delays.”

The national holiday of Lebaran, also known as Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr, will be observed between April 9 and April 15 and the weekends on either side.

Handy Heryudhitiawan, the general manager of Bali’s main airport — I Gusti Ngurah Rai International — said the airport was “braced and ready” to welcome and support the crowds of Eid al-Fitr travellers.

The Bali Sun reported during the Eid al-Fitr festival Bali Airport is set to serve 473,000 domestic passengers and 538,000 international passengers, with the total number of passenger surpassing one million.

“We’ve also recorded requests for extra flights for 216 schedules consisting of 108 more arrival schedules and 108 departure schooled with the airlines Indonesia Air Asia, Citilink Indonesia, Lion Air, Super Air, Jet, and Wings Air,” Mr Heryudhitiawan told the publication.

There will be special events to mark the end of Ramadan with epic feasts, buffets and set menus available at many of Bali’s popular eateries.

Tourists end to flock to Al-Hikmah Mosque on Jalan Soka in East Denpasar. It is one of the oldest mosques in Bali and spans over 800 square metres of land.