and the JOURNEY
Since 01 Feb 2004, visa regulations
have changed, but final solutions are still being discussed. Please contact any Indonesian embassy for latest information.
At present, regulations are as follows; Citizens of the following countries get a 30 days visa on arrival for 25 US$
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt,
Finland, 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, U.S.A, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
60 days visas
are available at the Indonesian Embassy in Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, for a fee of 40 US$, all visitors must have valid passport for a least six months from the date of arrival. Proof of return tickets and sufficient
money are also required.
insurance is always advisable Keep the insurance policy in good custody, because in case of damage, you need this paper. It
is advisable to buy cancellation insurance at the time you book the trip.
are no longer obligatory. It is advised to consult your Health service or general practitioner ample time before departure.
For your own safety you are advised to become vaccinated against: Typhus
An intestinal infection. The vaccination
is given in two doses, with a time lap of a month and is active during ca. 3 years. Besides vaccination it is also possible
to build immunization by a cure of three capsules.
DTP vaccination (diphtheria, tetanus, polio). It is important to be guarded
against polio, because this infection has a severe course in adulthood. Vaccination is valid for 15 years. Advised is to renew
vaccination every 5 till 10 years, and after injuries (tetanus)
Gammaglobuline against infectious hepatitis. Infectious hepatitis is a virus infect of the liver that spreads mostly
by ways of infested food and water. Depending on the given amount, injection of gammaglobuline gives 3 till 6 month protection.
Since a few years is available: the vaccine Havrix that will give a 10 years protection.
Where to get vaccinations
Vaccination can be done by your Health Service or
tropic-departments of big hospitals or by your own general practitioner
Malaria is spread by infected mosquitoes.
For prevention of malaria several kinds of malaria tablets are prescribed that have to be taken until 4 weeks after return
from your journey. In Indonesia you can find in time treatment for a disease like
malaria, especially in the tourist areas. Don't treat yourself, but let a doctor check by blood examination which treatment
must be given. Do you travel with children or on your own to isolate territories, ask your doctor if additional measures have
to been taken.
Vaccination against cholera is not advisable, because the available
vaccine gives a very low protection and because there is little risk for cholera for tourists. Nevertheless, always be careful
with food, especially shellfish and fish. These always have to be cooked thoroughly.
drinks uncooked water from the tap!
Always drink boiled water or water in sealed bottles.
case you use medicines, bring enough with you, for example in your hand-luggage.
It is wise to take with you medicines
Further plaster, jodium,
ORS (oral dehydration solution) in case of excessive fluid loss (by diarrhea stools)
Crème for lips
And vitamin-tablets for long journeys
Ask your pharmacist for a so called "medicine-passport" if
you use medicines or medicines by injection. Ask also for the keeping qualities under the circumstances of your travel.
Information about health in the
tropics can be found in publications from the Royal Dutch Institute for the Tropics: Website: www.kit.nl
You better adapt to your new day and night
rhythm immediately at the beginning of the journey. It takes about a day to get accustomed to an hour time difference. To
adapt your rhythm to the surroundings, it is a good guidance to follow the Indonesian habits. This means getting up early
to use the coolness of the morning, to rest in the afternoon and to go to bed in the evening in time.
allowed free luggage is 20 kg pro person. Pro person of 21 years and older 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100-gram tobacco
and 2 liter alcoholic drinks may be imported. In Singapore and Malaysia there is capital punishment on carrying addictive
drugs like heroin with you.
Airport tax is sometimes included within the ticket price. In case
it is not inclusive, airport tax has to been paid on the spot.
the monetary-unit is the rupiah (Rp.). You can collect money from the automatic bank automates (ATM) with your
bank pass. Bank automates are in the cities and major villages. In bigger hotels, restaurants and shops credit cards are accepted.
In larger stores are fixed prices, but
in small stores bargaining is usual. This is particular true on the market, or for a short ride in a Becak. Bargaining is
a very deep settled custom in Indonesia. You soon pay too much if you refrain from it.
Giving gratuities are a matter of common and good customs.
Stomach or intestinal disease
In case you get stomach or intestinal diseases.
This can occur because of the traveling itself, the time difference, or the change of temperature, humidity and food.
lower the chance for intestinal disease your are advised:
Never drink water from the tap
Not drink too many cold drinks
the first days
Never take drinks with ice cubes, if you want cold drinks, ask bottles from the refrigerator
soft drinks and mineral water only from bottles
Not eat ice from street-carts
The sun radiance in the
tropics is much stronger then we are used to. Very soon there is danger of sunburn. A hat, sunglasses and sun protection-oil
are no luxuries!
Advised are cotton summer clothes. Cotton
textiles are important because they take transpiration fluid easily.
Letters from Indonesia by airmail take about a week. In luxury hotels you
can arrange your post affairs on the hotel counter.
Indonesia has three time zones!
Java and Sumatra it is 6 hours time difference (later than) from the Netherlands and 12 hours time difference (later than)
from Washington D.C.
On Kalimantan, Sulawesi and the Small Sunda Islands it is 7 hours time difference from the Netherlands
(13 hours from Washington D.C.) and on the Moluccas and Irian Jaya 8 hours time difference from the Netherlands and 14 from
In case of summer Daylight Saving-Time at home, the time difference is an hour less.
The entrance number towards Indonesia is
00-62-. In Indonesia you can call automatic international in the Wartel (telephone shops) by dialling 00-, then your country
number (-31 for the Netherlands, -01 for US), then the net number without 0 and then the phone number. GSM or Mobile phone
can be used in all over Indonesia.
Businesses: 8.30-16.00 (mon till fri);
8.0020.00 (mon till sat;
9.00-19.00 (sun) warehouses.
Banks: minimal from 9.00-14.30 (mon till fri), 9.00-12.00 (sat).
Government: 8.30-15.00 (mon till thu); 8.30-~2.00 (fri, sat).
Postoffices: 8.00-13.00 (mon till thu); 8.00-11.00 (fri,
In hotels 220 V current is used.