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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visa Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Diplomatic Representations
List of Indonesian embassies and diplomatic representation abroad
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
To travel around Jakarta, taxis give the most comfortable service. The Blue Bird and Silver Bird companies are the most recommended ones. There are Golden Bird services that could be hired by day for $100 in average.
Maps of Urban Networks
Maporama
UT Library on line
Mapblast

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Jakarta Soekarno - Hatta Intl (CGK) 30 km / 18 miles IDR 150.000 / 45 min IDR 15.000 / 30 min. - Available
Bandung (BDO) 4 km / 2 miles IDR 65 000 - - -
Surabaya (SUB) 16 km / 10 miles IDR 80 000 IDR 8000. - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Indonesia is well served by airlines. Buses, and in Java the train, are also practical.
Rail Companies
Website of PT Kereta Api

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Garuda Indonesia Major Yes Yes
Batavia air Low cost Yes
Citilink Low cost Yes
Air Asia Low cost Yes
Lion Air Low cost Yes
Mandala Low cost Yes
Sriwijaya Air Low cost Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The roads and highways are jammed but they are generally in good condition.  In the event of an accident with corporal damage, the police must be called. Car insurance is not compulsory, but it is better to subscribe to an insurance policy covering your liability as much as someone else's. It is strongly recommended that you hire a car with driver.
Road Maps
Maps of the main cities
Find an Itinerary
Link to detailed maps of the Indonesian provinces

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
Old Batavia (Kota), Taman Fatahillah, and the chicken market bridge, the old port of Sunda Kelapa; Glodok, the district given to the Chinese in 1741; Lapangan Banteng Square and its superb colonial architecture; the Wayang Museum.
The Daerah Istimewa of Jogjakarta and the sultan's palace.
Cultural
The temples, the National Museum, the cultural and artistic communities of Yogyakarta and Ubud, the shadow theater wayang, the traditional gamelan orchestra, the Balinese dances.
Nature
Terraced rice fields (Bali), volcanoes (Java, Lombok), beaches (Bali, Nusa Tenggara), forest (Kalimantan),  the flora and fauna of Sumatra.
Religious
Hindu temples (Prambanan, and many temples in Bali), Buddhist temples (Borobudur)
Thermal
Hot springs at Ciater (Java)
Beach
As Indonesia is an archipelago, there are very many beaches. In Bali we can mention Lovina Beach, Jimbaran, Kuta.
Winter Sports
no
Outdoor Activities
Jet ski, diving, windsurfing, surfing, hiking
Shopping
Among others, the factory outlets of Bandung, and the crafts of Bali
Tourism Organizations
Indonesian Tourism Board

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for passengers coming from affected areas. There is a risk of malaria everywhere, except in Jakarta, large cities and the main tourist resorts of Java and Bali.
Indonesia is experiencing a fresh outbreak of dengue fever, which can be hemorrhagic. You must take measures against traveler's diarrhea. Drinking water must be boiled or filtered.
Bathing in fresh water can expose you to the risk of bilharziosis (or schistosomiasis) found on the western bank of Lake Lindu (Sulawesi).

Avoid all contact with poultry and birds because of the epidemic of avian flu.

International Hospitals

The medical structures are lacking in quality. Some establishments in Jakarta are recognized as being of good quality and are used by expats:

SOS International, Medikaloka, Rumah Sakit Pondok Indah,Global Assistance & Healthcare.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Advice to travelers on the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
 

Emergency Numbers

Police 110
Ambulance for road accidents 118
Medical ambulance 119
Firemen 113
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Jakarta (GMT+7)
It is %T:%M %A In Denpasar (GTM+8)
It is %T:%M %A In Jayapura (GTM+9)
Summer Time Period
None
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The climate is equatorial, hot and very humid all year. The temperature varies between 24° and 34° C and the rate of humidity reaches 80%. There is a dry season (from April to October) and a rainy season (from November to April).
For Further Information
Meteorological and geophysical center
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Pork and buffalo grilled in bamboo pipes and basted with tuak (palm alcohol) in Sulawesi. Kalimantan shrimp, ayam goreng (fried rice and chicken), bakmi (rice noodles), babur ayam (a usually sweet porridge, made of chicken, sticky black rice or mung beans), gado-gado (steamed bean sprouts with vegetables and a spicy peanut sauce), krupuk (a preparation based on shrimp and manioc flour, sliced and fried), nasi goreng (fried rice with vegetables or meat), satay (meat on skewers with peanut sauce).
Drinks
Beers brewed locally (Angker and Bintang), rice wine brem, lassi, a drink of Indian origin based on yoghurt, coffee prepared "Turkish style", tea (with jasmine, ginger...), fresh fruit juice, and green sands, a very refreshing fizzy drink made with apple and lemon.
Dietary Restrictions
Culinary restrictions vary with the religion practiced.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Indonesian Rupiah
ISO Code
IDR
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The local currency is the Indonesian rupee (IDR).
Possible Means of Payment
You can pay in cash (the most usual method of payment), and by debit card (the existing interbank networks are: ALTO, BERSAMA, CAKRA, PRIMA, LINK, CIRRUS, PLUS, VISA, and MASTERCARD).
Checks and bills of exchange are little used.
Transfers between accounts at the same bank or at different banks are used a lot. For a transfer or international transfer, payment by SWIFT is usually used.

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Speaking

Official Language
Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)
Other Languages Spoken
There are more than 660 languages. The most important ones are Javanese (70 million), Sundanese (20 million), Madurese (9 million) and Malay (15 million). English is also spoken.
Business Language
English
Getting Some Knowledge
Different websites which give an introduction to Indonesian are listed on the website Living in Indonesia.
Free Translation Tools
Freedict.com : Free English-Indonesian dictionary
Indonesian Language Resources : Useful links for Indonesian-English translations

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Site Indo.com, title "budget hotels"
Site Indo.com, title "budget hotels"
Accor group website
Site Asiahotels, Indonesia

Asia Rooms
Asia Travel (en anglais)
To Find an Apartment
Rumah 4 Sale agency

Website for expats
Indonesian website of adverts for rental and sale of apartments and houses
To Find a Job
JobDB, Asia-Pacific recruitment website

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