Travel Advice for Indonesia
Indonesia
Capital: Jakarta

Time Zone GGMT + 7 -West, + 8 - Central, + 9 - East.
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 62
IDD: Direct dialling available to main cities
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 110, Fire - 113, Ambulance - 118.
Tourist
Information
Directorate - General of Tourism, 16/19 Jalan Merdeka-Barat, Jakarta 10110, Indonesia, Tel: (21) 386 0934 Fax: (21) 386 7589.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Tourist visas required by all except the following : (providing their stay does not exceed 60 days) Nationals of EU countries except Portugal. Nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, South Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. Nationals of any country travelling for conference purposes who have documentary proof of approval from the Indonesian government.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists in the Falciparum variety everywhere except the main tourist resorts of Bali, Java and large cities.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from those arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Outside of urban areas water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Rupiah (Rp) = 100 sen.
Exchange: Not a problem in tourist areas, may be more difficult in less commercialised areas. NOTE: Import and export of local currency is limited to Rp 50 000.
Travellers cheques are easily exchanged in large hotels and banks. Preferred cheque currency is US dollars. Visa MasterCard and Amex are all accepted. Diners Club has a more limited use.
ATM availability: Over 1300 locations.
Cost of
Living
Tourist resorts are more expensive although cheap accommodation can be found in the form of bungalows in the main resorts. Provisions may be difficult to find in rural areas.
Languages Bahasa Indonesian and 250 local dialects. Dutch and English are also spoken.
Weather The climate is tropical and varies from area to area. Jun - Sept is the Easter Monsoon which brings the driest weather. The Western monsoon brings the main rains from Dec - Mar. However rainstorms can occur all year round.
Electricity 110 Volts AC 50Hz, but may vary between areas,
Post Up to 10 days.
Transport FLIGHTS: Good internal air system.
ROADS: Good roads within Java but less so in Bali and Sumatra. The other islands have poor road systems.
TAXI: Available in all main cities, all are metered.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required.
Special
Information
NEWSFLASH: On the Island of Bali a surprise bomb attack in a night club on the night of the 12th October resulted in a number of deaths. All visitors are advised to leave the island for the time being and only visit if absolutely necessary.
EXTREME RISK in some areas (Aceh - Maluku Provence - please see FCO site or CIA advice for further details) because of ethnic tensions. There is a risk of disturbance and unsettled conditions. Travellers should exercise caution and avoid large crowds which can turn into demonstrations. Please consult the FCO website for details of specified areas of the country where you should not travel. Never pass or accept anything with your left hand as this is insulting. Foreigners are regarded as walking bank accounts. Pickpockets are common. Visitors are advised to avoid crowds and not to travel alone. British nationals are advised against all non-essential travel to Ambon and Maluku Province, East Kalimantan (East Borneo), Lombok, North Aceh, Pidie and East Aceh Regencies, West Timor and East Timor. Permits are required to travel to most of Irian Jaya where there is an independence movement.