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TRAVEL GUIDE TO INDONESIA

 

We’ve gathered the following information for  you in preparation for your trips which we thought were appropriate.  If you need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-785-1233.

Airport

When you depart Indonesia there is a International departure tax of Rp200,000 (approx. US$20.00). Domestic airport departure tax is Rp75,000 (approx. US$7.50). Fees must be paid in Indonesian currency at a special airport tax desk before check in.

Baggage

On Domestic flights, passengers are allowed 44 pounds of luggage per person. On International flights, passengers are allowed two pieces of checked luggage. Excess luggage fees will be charged if you check more than the stated allowances, and these charges are your responsibility.  At most major airports, baggage carts are available for your luggage, usually for a small additional fee.

Climate & Clothing

Indonesia’s climate is tropical. Temperatures average between 21C and 33C. In the mountains, however, it can go as low as 5C at night. Humidity varies between 60% and 100%.In general, Bali experiences two seasons: moist and wet! The rainy season is normally from November to April, during which it can rain for several hours each day. The rain tends to be intermittent, however, with plenty of sun in between. The dry season is normally from May to October.

Climate is generally warm, humid and wet. Light cotton clothing is highly recommended and be sure to pack a light waterproof jacket.

Communications

The international dialing code for Indonesia is 62
When making international telephone calls from Indonesia, first dial 001 + country code + area code + telephone number

Local Telephone Codes
Balikpapan (Borneo) 052
Batam 0778
Bekasi (West Java) 021
Bintan 0771
Jakarta 021
Lombok 0370
Manado (Sulawesi) 0431
Medan 061
South Bali (Denpasar, Kuta, Ubud) 0361
Sumatra 0628
Surabaya 031
Ujung Padang (Sulawesi) 0411
Yogyakarta 0274

Mobile phone market is heavily competed in Indonesia, the price of SIM card is normally at US$1.

Warnet (internet connected PCs) is commonly used, whereas wifi is rarely available in public areas.

Currency

The local currency is the Indonesian rupiah (‘Rp’ or ‘IDR’). There are Rp100, Rp500, and Rp1,000 coins and Rp1,000, Rp5,000, Rp10,000, Rp20,000, Rp50,000, and Rp100,000 paper notes. The currency rate is US$1 = aprox. 10000IDR (Jul 2013).

Compare the exchange rates on offer before changing money at money changers or banks. Although banks may offer an added measure of professionalism and security, it’s not uncommon for money changers to offer better rates. There are usually different rates for cash and non-cash instruments such as travelers checks. Also, be aware that both banks and money changers can be very picky about the cash notes that they will accept; they often refuse notes that are in anything less than near-mint condition.

Major credit and charge cards are accepted in most major stores and hotels. Smaller merchants often add a small surcharge to card transactions.

Many — but not all — banks’ ATMs in Indonesia are linked to major international networks such as Cirrus, Plus, Visa, and MasterCard. As a result, this can be a convenient and cost-effective way to obtain local currency; such ATMs are widely available throughout major tourist areas.

Regulations

Indonesian law forbids visitors from bringing weapons, illegal drugs, or pornography into the country. Penalties can be severe and include death for weapons or drugs. You may bring a maximum of two liters of alcohol, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco, and a reasonable amount of perfume with you. Visitors must surrender a signed customs declaration in order to clear customs inspection upon arrival.

There are no restrictions on the amounts of foreign currency that can be taken into/out of Indonesia. However, you cannot import or export more than Rp5million. The total cost of gifts taken into the country must not exceed US$100.

The value of personal goods is valued for US$250 per passenger.

Electricity

Voltage in Indonesia is 220 volts, so a transformer will be needed to operate 100-volt appliances. Electrical appliances will require an adapter that can change the shape of the plug prongs, as well as an electrical voltage converter that will allow a normal 110-volt American appliance to take 220 Volt current. Adapters and converters are usually available in major hotels but may be hard to find elsewhere.

Food & Water

Tap water is not safe to drink and ice cubes should be avoided. Bottled water is widely available.

Health Matters

There are no vaccinations required for entering Indonesia from anywhere around the world, except for travelers arriving from smallpox and cholera infected areas.

Reasonable medical facilities are available in major towns but once outside these areas, medical services tend to be very poor. Make sure that you have adequate health insurance that covers evacuation and consider inoculations against typhoid, cholera, Japanese encephalitis and hepatitis. There is a risk of malaria in many parts of Indonesia and it is recommended that you take advice regarding anti-malarials. It is always best to check the current situation and any vaccination requirements with your doctor when planning your trip.

Holidays

New Year’s Day – Jan 1st
Chinese New Year (2 days) – January/ February
Good Friday – March/ April

Fitri Day (2 days)- early August
Independence Day – Aug 17th
Lailat Al Mi’raj – late September
Islamic New Year- early November
Christmas Day – Dec 25th

Passports & Visas

All visitors traveling to Indonesia must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have proof of onward passage. Effective February 1st, 2004, tourist visas are required to enter Indonesia. Tourist visas can be obtained on arrival for up to a 30-day stay. Please contact the Consulate General of Indonesia for details.

Time Difference

Eastern Indonesia (Iryan Jaya & Maluka): GMT + 9 hours
Central Indonesia (Bali, East Timor, East & South Kalimantan, Lombok, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara): GMT + 8 hours
Western Indonesia (Central Kalimantan, Jakarta, Java, Sumatra): GMT + 7 hours

Tipping

Tipping is not traditionally a custom in Indonesia, although it is becoming common in tourist areas. A Government Tax of 11% is added to bills and many restaurants and larger hotels also add a 10% service charge. Additional tipping is optional and 5-10% of the bill is acceptable. Tip porters at your hotel or the airport around Rp2,000 per bag.

On tours of $10-$12 for tipping per person per day is customary.

Transportation

Arrangements for domestic air and ground transportation are included and made by the ground operator. All ground transportation, airport transfers and sightseeing, will be provided via private car and guide. Taxis are available from major hotels and the use of mass public transportation is not recommended.

What to Pack

Climate is generally warm, humid and wet. Light cotton clothing is highly recommended and be sure to pack a light waterproof jacket. Other essential items include: valid Passport. Travelers Checks. Copy of Your Airline Ticket. Your Medicines. Departure documents. Travel alarm clock. Camera(s), batteries & films. Sunscreen/Tan lotion.  Pocket size Kleenex. Extra luggage locks/keys. First Aid kit. Soft, foldable slippers. Extra set of eyeglasses. Folding Umbrella.  Comfortable walking shoes.