General Information: Indonesia

Indonesia was once colonized by the Dutch and it declared its independece in 1945. A member of the G20 group, Indonesia is the biggest country in South East Asia in terms of area, population, economy (GDP) and so forth. Currently Indonesia's main tourism attraction is Bali island, which lies between Java island and Lombok island. This year the government targets to welcome 7 million foreign tourists to Indonesia. The distance from Indonesia's most western part to its most eastern part is about the same as the distance from the West coast to the East coast in the US.



AIRLINES FLYING TO INDONESIA. International Airlines: Air Asia, Air China, Air France KLM, All Nippon Airways, Air Nuigini, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific Airlines, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Garuda Indonesia, Hongkong Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Australia, Korean Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Philippines Airlines, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Royal Brunei Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Shenzen Airlines, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Tiger Airways, Turkish Airlines, Valuair, Yemenia Airlines.
National Airlines: Batavia Airlines, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia Air Asia, Kartika Airlines, Lion Air, Mandala Airlines, Merpati Airlines, Pelita Air, Riau Airlines, Sriwijaya Airlines, Wings Air.


AIRPORT TAX . Airport tax, which is payable by passengers at the airport, varies from one airport to another. International departure airport tax starts from Rp. 75,000 to Rp. 150,000 and Rp. 25,000 to 40,000 for passengers travelling on domestic routes. Domestic passengers departing from Balikpapan, Bandung or Manado will be charged Rp. 30,000.

CURRENCY. The Indonesian currency is Rupiah (Rp). The Indonesian currency is Rupiah (Rp). Approximate exchange rate (selling to bank) for US$1 is Rp. 8.990, £1 for Rp. 13,680, €1 buys Rp. 11,980, ¥1 for Rp. 95 and AU$ 1 for Rp. 8,300. More and last-minute-updated exchange rates can be obtained from these links: BNI, Bank Central Asia, Bank Mandiri, HSBC.

CLIMATE. Basically there are only two seasons: wet (average rainfall can be more than 300 mm/month, some regions can be as high as 600s mm/month), usually around December to May and dry (average rainfall varies about 50 mm/month), around June to November. The average temperature varies between 20s°C to 30s°C through out the year, while in the mountainous areas it can drop below 10°C. Humidity varies between 50s% and 90s%. Click here for: Current and forecast weather for Indonesia.

COUNTRY DIALING CODE AND TIME. + 62. Timing for western parts of Indonesia (Java, Sumatera, etc) GMT (UTC) + 7 hours, centre (Sulawesi, Bali, Lombok, etc) UTC + 8 hours, eastern parts (Papua, etc) UTC + 9 hours.

CUSTOMS. Indonesian customs allow a maximum of one liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes/50 cigars/100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult on entry. The export or import of Indonesian currency (Rupiah) exceeding Rp. 100,000,000 must be declared to customs. There is no restriction on export or import of foreign currencies. More on Indonesian customs: Directorate General of Customs and Excise.

ELECTRICITY. 220-240V, 50 Hz, the adapter/electric plug types used are C/E/F (2 round pins). Sometimes it will be easier to bring your own adapter if your country has a different electric pluc type.

FOREIGN EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea Rep, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Rusia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, UK, USA.

Other countries details are available here: Department of Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia.


INTERNET ACCESSIBILITY. Public internet access can be easily found in warnets (Indonesia's version of internet cafes). Connections are also available through satellites, mobile phone access and Wi-Fi. Some areas in big cities are also covered by wireless hotspots. There were 25 millions internet users in Indonesia in 2008 (an estimation by the Internet World Stats).

GOVERNMENT WEBSITES. Department of Culture and Tourism , Department of Foreign Affairs, Immigration of Republic of Indonesia, Attorney General of Republic of Indonesia, National Police of Indonesia, Directorate General of Customs and Excise.

LOCAL ENGLISH NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES. There are a few English newspapers/magazines in Indonesia, such as the Jakarta Post (price: Rp. 6,500), the Jakarta Globe (Rp. 8,500) and the Jakarta Globe (Rp. 50,000).


New Year 2010
Chinese New Year 2561
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
Balinese Hindu New Year 1932
Good Friday
Ascension Day
Public Holiday (Waisak)
Isra Mi'raj Prophet Mohammad SAW
Independence Day
Idul Fitri 1431 H
Idul Adha 1431H
Islamic New Year 1432H

RELIGIONS. About 88% of the people in Indonesia are Muslim; Christians stand at 9% and the rest are Hindu, Buddhist and others. Christianity is the predominant religion in mostly the eastern part of Indonesia, such as Toraja, Manado, Timor, Papua, and so on, while in Bali Hinduism is the predominant religion.


VISA REQUIREMENT. The citizens of Brunei, Chile, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macao Special Administrative Region, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are granted visa-free facility for a maximum of a 30 day visit.

Visa-on-arrival (VOA) is applicable to the citizens of Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Rep, China, Cyprus, Denmark, East Timor, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Visa-on-arrivals are available at airports: Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Halim, Balikpapan-Sepinggan Airport, Bandung-Husein Sastranegara, Batam-Hang Nadim, Denpasar-Ngurah Rai, Kupang-El Tari, Manado-Sam Ratulangi, Makassar-Hassanudin Airport, Mataram/Lombok-Selaparang, Medan-Polonia, Padang-Tabinga, Pekanbaru-Sultan Syarif Kasim II, Semarang-A Yani, Solo-Adi Sumarmo, Surabaya-Juanda International and Yogyakarta-Adi Sucipto. They are also available at seaports: Batam, Kupang-Tenau, Makassar-Soekarno Hatta, Manado-Bitung, Medan-Belawan Port, Bali-Benoa and Padang Bai, North Sumatra-Sibolga, Jakarta-Tanjung Priok, Jayapura, Padang-Teluk Bayur, Surabaya-Tanjung Perak and Tanjung Pinang-Sri Bintan Pura.

Visitors have to obtain this visa first at VOA counters upon arrival, just before the immigration counters. Depending on the number of passengers, there might be a long queue at these VOA counters. There is now one type of VOA available, which is a 30-day visa, costs US$ 25. The day of arrival is counted as day one and this type of visa is extendable up to another 30 days.

Should you like to talk to your nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate, please click here for its address: Department of Foreign Affairs.

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