Indonesia - Information


Here you will find information about traveling through Indonesia. For example, what immunizations (vaccinations) are recommended and do I need a visa to be allowed to travel in Indonesia?

The language spoken is Bahasa Indonesia, which is derived from Malay. Where tourists come they
generally speak reasonable English. In the less touristy areas they only speak Bahasa, or even another language. In some cities older people may even speak Dutch.

Beautiful corruptions are: ongkos (expenses), kulkas (refrigerator), indekos (guest house where they used to in-the-cost 'was) and air Belanda (mineral water, observing: Dutch water).


The currency of Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupee (also called Rupiah). One Rupiah is divided into 100 sen, but these are not used because of its low value. Cash dollars or travelers checks can be changed at currency exchanges offices, banks and major hotels. Exchange offices and ATM's can be found in the tourist centers on every corner. Credit cards will be accepted in the larger hotels and restaurants.


Tipping Gratuities are greatly appreciated in Indonesia, but it is more the exception than the rule. In the chic restaurants and hotels 10% will do.


In Indonesia, starting from Denpasar, it is 8 hours later compared to the English winter and 7 hours later compared to summer time). Indonesia is so vast that it has three time zones. In Indonesia, it is from 7 to 9 hours later compared to the English winter and 6 to 8 hours later compared to the English summer.


You need a passport upon arrival in Indonesia valid for 6 months. For the latest information we recommend you to contact the Indonesian Embassy in London tel. 020-74997661. Or look at for the application form, contact details and opening hours.


Vaccinations are however strongly advised but not required. For Indonesia, the following vaccinations are recommended: * DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, polio) * Typhoid * Jaundice


First Aid kit further we recommend to ensure a basic first aid kit such as Aspirin, Imodium and anti-insect spray, sunprotection, etc.


Airport Tax The airport tax for international flights via Jakarta or Denpasar is Rp 150,000 (± €13). The airport tax for domestic flights is 30,000 Rupiah.