Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia. Comprising 17,508 islands, it is the world’s largest archipelagic state. The five largest islands are Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo), New Guinea (shared with Papua New Guinea), and Sulawesi. With a population of 222 million people, it is the world’s fourth most populous country and the most populous Muslim-majority nation. Indonesia is a republic, with an elected legislature and president. The nation’s capital city is Jakarta. Across its many islands, Indonesia consists of distinct ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support the world’s second highest level of biodiversity. Indonesia’s location on the edges of the Pacific, Eurasian, and Australian tectonic plates makes it the site of numerous volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. Indonesia has at least 150 active volcanoes, including Krakatoa and Tambora. Bali is an island in Indonesia and has gained popularity as an island get-away.
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR INDONESIA TOURS
A passport that is valid for at least 6 months month after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR INDONESIA TOURS
American and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter Indonesia if their first port of entry is Denpasar or Jakarta airport and can show evidence of onward or return travel within 30 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than this, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the embassy or Consulate General for the most up to date information.
Make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in Indonesia.
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INSURANCE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INDONESIA TOURS
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancellation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INDONESIA TOURS
No vaccinations are currently required to enter Indonesia, although it is strongly recommended to vaccinate against Malaria if visiting rural areas.
It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
MEDICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INDONESIA TOURS
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. It is also advised to take iodine tablets to purify water if bottled water is not available. It is also strongly advised to take over-the-counter diarrhea medication. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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WEATHER, SEASONS AND CLIMATE IN INDONESIA
Since it straddles the equator, Indonesia has an even climate year-round with average temperatures of 25C – 30C year round. Instead of having 4 seasons, the country has two; wet and dry. The wet season is between October and April and the dry, May to September, which is also high tourist season. When rain does occur, it tends to come in tropical downpours, but in some parts of the country it can also rain nonstop for days.
Rain isn’t usually a deterrent from travelling, but it can cause the back roads to become very muddy and during the heavier periods of rain, travel to Nusa Tenggara can become prohibitive. The best time to visit Indonesia is during its dry season.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
CLOTHING AND ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR INDONESIA TRAVEL
Light weight clothes with waterproofs are recommended all year round. In higher altitudes however it is best to take slightly warmer clothes, but nothing too heavy.
As a rule shoulders and knees should be covered when entering religious sites.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Video camera, camera with zoom lens in a dust-resistant case, sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery and charger. Photography is not allowed in certain religious buildings, especially temples. So be sure to ask permission before you take a photo.
ELECTRICITY, PHONE AND INTERNET IN INDONESIA
CURRENCY IN INDONESIA
Generally speaking, we advise bringing US$50-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). The Rupiah is the official currency in Indonesia. The rupiah consists of coins from 50 rupiah to 1000 rupiah, and banknotes of 1000 rupiah to 100,000 rupiah.
We recommend that you get local currency from a bank machine in-country or an official local bank which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Many ATM on the main island of Bali will work for foreign card holders, and Visa or MasterCard are widely accepted. Once off the main islands cash will be required for many transactions.
For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
QUICK FACTS FOR A INDONESIA TOUR