In this page:
Entry Requirements |
Organizing Your Trip |
Living Conditions |
Different Forms of Tourism
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.
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.
Terraced rice fields (Bali), volcanoes (Java, Lombok), beaches (Bali, Nusa Tenggara), forest (Kalimantan), the flora and fauna of Sumatra.
Hindu temples (Prambanan, and many temples in Bali), Buddhist temples (Borobudur)
Hot springs at Ciater (Java)
As Indonesia is an archipelago, there are very many beaches. In Bali we can mention Lovina Beach, Jimbaran, Kuta.
- Winter Sports
- Outdoor Activities
Jet ski, diving, windsurfing, surfing, hiking
Among others, the factory outlets of Bandung, and the crafts of Bali
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
|Ambulance for road accidents
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
Map of the 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
- 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).
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.
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- 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.
- 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
- 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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