Tourists might apply for a visa on arrival.
Tourists from 63 selected countries will not oblige to apply abroad for a visa but can purchase a visa on arrival at several gates of Indonesia's international airports and seaports.
The international airports with visa on arrival are: Medan, Pekanbaru, Padang, Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar (Bali) und Manado, Yogyakarta, Surakarta/Solo, Mataram, Balikpapan, Makassar, and Kupang.
The international seaports with visa on arrival are: Batam (Sekupang, Batu Ampar, Nongsa, Marina Teluk Senimba), Tanjung Uban (Bandar Bintan Telani, Lagoi, Bandar Sri Udana Lobam), Medan (Belawan), Sibolga, Dumai (Yos Sudarso), Padang (Teluk Bayur), Jakarta (Tanjung Priok), Bali (Padang Bai) und Jayapura, Bitung, Tanjug Balaikarimun, Semarang (Tanjung Mas), Kupang (Tenau), Pare-Pare, Makassar (Soekarno-Hatta).
The official entry requirements for the issuance of a 30 or 7 days visa-on arrival are:
Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia.
Payment of US$10 or US$25 must be paid at the gateway, depending on the length of visa required.
Onward or return tickets are compulsory.
Before you travel to Indonesia, you should check the embassy information in order to get the lates news on visa applications.
Travelers who wish to travel to restricted regions of Indonesia (Poso and Irian Jaya/West Papua) must obtain special authorization from authorities in Indonesia. Please contact your embassy or consulate about your intention to visit the restricted regions in order to get the necessary information about the process.
Indonesia is one of the cheapest travel destinations in Asia.
Indonesia is one of the cheapest travel destinations in Asia. Hotels, food and transport are all inexpensive in US dollar terms. Budget hotel rooms start below US$10, an one hour taxi ride is also around US$10, and having a meal in a local restaurant starts at US$3. Travelers usually become millionairs during their stay in Indonesia, as US$100 is in millions in rupiah.
ATMs are increasingly common throughout Indonesia and usually accept Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and Cirrus. You should check your bank in order to get information about the acceptance of your card in Indonesia. Most large towns have banks with ATMs, but as they often experience downtime it's good to keep your options open. Also, when travelling overland you should not expect to see ATMs.
Credit cards are a good possibilty to pay at hotels or to buy airline tickets. However, these tend to be the only possibilities where credit cards can be used. MasterCard and Visa are the most accepted credit cards.
Hence, it is recommendable to always have cash in US dollars and rupiahs available. And as money changers are not everywhere availabel, travellers should use every possibility to keep a stock of cash.
Indonesia is divided into three time zones.
Indonesia is divided into three time zones:
The Western Indonesian Time (UTC+7), observed in islands of Sumatra, Java, provinces of West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.
The Central Indonesian Time (UTC+8), observed in islands of Sulawesi, Bali, provinces of East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara, East Kalimantan and South Kalimantan.
The Eastern Indonesian Time (UTC+9), observed in provinces of Maluku, North Maluku, Papua and West Papua.
Don't forget that you travel to a tropical country.
Through an appropriate food and drinking water hygiene you can avoid most of diarrhea. Only drink water from safe sources, eg bottled water, never tap water. Avoid drinks with crushed ice. In an emergency, use filtered, disinfected or boiled water. Use safe water also for washing dishes and brushing teeth. For food is cooking, peeling or disinfecting.
A high risk in low-lying areas of Irian Jaya (New Guinea), Kalimantan (Borneo), North and Central Sulawesi, Moluccas and on all islands east of Bali, including Lombok. Also in the north-and south-east of Sumatra, Riau and Lampung before in all, there is a high risk of malaria.
Medium risk, increased in the rainy seasons there, in the highlands of Jayawijaya, Irian Jaya (New Guinea), in low-lying rural areas of the south coast of Java, including the national parks in the hinterland of Bali, the island of Nias, and on the other islands.
No or low risk in the tourist resorts of Java and Bali, the northern cities of Java are considered as malaria free.
Dengue fever occurs frequently in Indonesia. It can hardly be distinguished from symptoms of malaria. In some cases, serious health effects occur resulting in death. A year-round transmission risk with accumulation during the rainy season. There is no causal treatment, therapy is limited to the relief of symptoms. Mosquito repellent (during the day!) is the only precautionary measure.
Before you travel:
Seek advice from your doctor several weeks before you leave home. There are a number of useful vaccines (eg diphtheria and tetanus) and preventive measures. Your doctor will also provide you with information on the current situation in Indonesia.
Never travel without a health insurance. An evacuation will be very expensive and bills of US$ 100.000 are not uncommon.
In big cities travelers must reckon with crime.
In big cities like Jakarta and Surabaya travelers must unfortunately reckon with crime. One should not walk alone at night in each area, and possibly ask at the hotel desk for information on the current security situation. If you travel with public transport, where there are often large crowds, cash and valuables should be kept close to the body.
Indonesia is hit repeatedly by natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. Even you are not affected by yourself, so it can come to disruptions of public transport such as air or rail traffic. Usually you get information about current disasters via the daily news.
Your Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide information about the current safety situation in Indonesia.
Put yourself never even behind the wheel of a car.
Put yourself never even behind the wheel of a car. Even if you are accustomed to driving on the left in Indonesia, the road manners are so far away from what we know in Europe (including Southern Europe) that an accident is obvious. In 2012, there were 50,000 traffic deaths in Indonesia.
In accidents in Indonesia, the stronger road users is always to blame, so usually the driver of a car. Especially for tourists from Western countries, then a big compensation is expected.
The largest proportion of road transport in Indonesia is dominated by motorcycles. These usually overtake the slower cars left and right in TWO ROWS. The distance to the car that is overtaken is about 10cm.
In Indonesia, there is no MOT. Accordingly, the vehicles on the road are sometimes in very bad condition. This is, however, significantly exceeded by the state of the roads. Especially outside of cities, you have to expect not only with children and animals on the road, but also with very huge potholes.
Enough of the warnings, here's a little hint on how to cross a street in Indonesian cities:
The best time to travel is from May to September.
Indonesia has a equatorial climate, which is influenced by the surrounding seas and determined by the monsoon. There is a dry season from June to September and a rainy season from November to March. The annual average temperature in Jakarta is between 23°C and 33°C. The best time to travel is from May to September.