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All visitors travelling 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. Visas are not required for nationals of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom {Great Britain), United States of America, United Emirate Arab and Venezuela. For those not belonging to the above categories, tourist visas can be obtained from any Indonesian Embassy or Consulate. Entry and exit must be made through certain specified gateways: By air through Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Surabaya and Batam; by sea through Semarang, Jakarta, Bali, Pontianak, Balikpapan, Tanjung Pinang and Kupang. For other ports of entry and exit, special visas are required. The maximum stay permitted is two months and is not extendible. International health certificates for smallpox and cholera are not required, except from travellers arriving from infected areas. There is no restriction on import or export of foreign currencies. However, the export or import of Indonesian currency exceeding Rp.50,000 is prohibited. In Jakarta, taxi fares are metered to the downtown area of the city where most large hotels are located. The air-conditioned airport bus service runs to five city zones. Hotel limousine services are provided by some of the leading hotels in the city, offering a city-airport-city transportation service on a complimentary basis to hotel guests. At all major airport terminals, inquiries about local transportation should be directed to the information counter.


Indonesian Sunset
Indonesian Sunset

Indonesia's climate is definitely tropical with distinctive "dry" and "wet" seasons spread over the year. The East Monsoon, from June to September, brings dry weather while the West Monsoon, from December to March is moisture-laden, bringing much rain. The transitional period between these two seasons is interspersed by the occasional heavy rain showers. Temperatures range from 21 degrees (70F) to 33 degrees Celsius (90F) except at higher altitudes, which can be much cooler. Heaviest rainfalls are usually recorded in December and January and humidity is generally between 75% and 100%.


The currency of Indonesia is the rupiah. Coins are available in denominations of Rp 25, 50, 100, and even occasionally 5 and 10. Notes are Rp 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000. The following bills are no longer in circulation: the 1992 pink Rp10,000, the 1992 greenish Rp20,000 bill, and the blue Rp50,000 with ex-president Suharto's picture.

Jakarta has several international banks but currency can also be exchanged at hotel cashiers, and authorized money-changers. Daily exchange rates are published in newspapers. The US dollar is the most readily accepted currency. Most major tourist destination areas have foreign exchange facilities, but for travel to remote areas, it is advisable to change money and travelers cheques in advance. Credit cards are acceptable only at major hotels, restaurants and travel agencies.


The Indonesian archipelago is spread over three time zones. Western Indonesia Standard Time, which covers the islands of Sumatra, Java and Madura, West and Central Kalimantan is 7 hours ahead of GMT; Central Indonesia Standard Time covers East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, and is 8 hours ahead of GMT; finally, Eastern Indonesia Standard Time, which covers Maluku, and Irian Jaya is 9 hours ahead of GMT.

Business Hours

Business offices are usually open either from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm or 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, with a break for lunch between 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm. On Saturday, many business offices are closed. Government office hours are from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm from Monday to Friday. Normal banking hours are from 8.00 am to 2.30 pm from Monday to Friday. Some bank branches in hotels, however, keep longer hours. Major cities in Indonesia have shopping complexes, supermarkets and department stores where prices are fixed. Shops are usually open all week including Sundays. Shopping hours are usually between 9.00 am and 9.00 pm for department stores and supermarkets in the large cities with shorter hours on Sundays. In smaller cities, shops may be closed between 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm.


Internet cafes are springing up all over frequently visited tourist destinations, but the connections can still be painfully slow. Many hotels also will let you use their Internet connection to read e-mail. Because many hotels charge a great deal even for using your calling card, you are better off using Wartel's privately owned public phones. There is one in every tourist center, though some work better than others. Some also have Internet services.


Power supply is usually 220 volts 50 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins. It is advisable to check electricity supplies before using any appliances.

Indonesian festival procession
Indonesian festival procession


Bahasa Indonesia is the national language that is akin to Malay, written in Roman script and based on European orthography. In all tourist destination areas, English is the most common foreign language spoken and written, whereas some Dutch is till spoken and understood in the bigger cities and French is increasing in its popularity at the better hotels and restaurants.

Dress Code

Dress is normally informal in Indonesia due to the warm, humid climate and clothing of light fabrics is recommended. Travelling in highland areas is noticeably cooler, however, and carrying a light sweater may prove useful. Accepted attire for men is a shirt and long pants. A jacket and tie are required for official calls or for occasions that are more formal. Long sleeved batik or hand-woven shirts are acceptable for evening functions. For women, dresses, blouses, and long pants are appropriate. Shorts, halters or tank tops should only be used at sports facilities or on the beach.


Plane of Garuda Indonesia
Plane of Garuda Indonesia

Air transport is the easiest and most comfortable means of travel in Indonesia. Air services are available to all provincial district capitals and other remote areas operated by Garuda Indonesia, Merpati Nusantara, Sempati Air, Bouraq and Mandala Airlines. Garuda Indonesia, the national flag carrier, operates on both international and domestic routes. Domestically it serves 33 cities including all the provincial capitals. For visitors, Garuda Indonesia has introduced Visit Indonesia Air Passes, which offers special fares on its domestic flights. The passes are sold in conjunction with travel on Garuda from Europe, USA, Australia and Japan, and have to be purchased from Garuda Offices in these areas. Car rentals are available but not advisable; roads are not clearly marked-if marked at all-and traffic is chaos. Given how cheap and easy it is to get a tourist shuttle to most of the areas, or to hire someone to drive you, it is best to avoid the headache. Blue and brown vans called 'bemos' operate asbuses in Bali. They have regular routes, but these are not really written down. Just ask someone which bus and where to catch it. Prices are also similarly secretive, so ask around about how much the ride really should cost. Bemos are better for short hops (around town, for example) than long distances; metered taxis, if you can find them, are your best bet. Be sure that the driver turns on his meter (you might have to insist more than once). Several companies offer sometimes overlapping and competing service by sea to the nearby islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, and to Lombok. Most of these offer a dinner sunset cruise or day trips that make great outings.

Health Facilities

The number for the police is 110, ambulance is 118, and fire is 113.

Ask your hotel for a referral if you require a doctor or dentist; many hotels have a doctor on call. In Kuta, try the Bali International Medical Centre, Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, which is open daily from 8am to midnight. They sometimes will send someone to your hotel. There is a main hospital in Denpasar, but for any serious ailment, evacuate to Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, or Bangkok.

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