Once you’ve decided to experience all of the charms of beautiful Indonesia, you will certainly have to deal with various technical aspects of your journey. In order to help you thoroughly plan your vacation, we’re bringing you answers to some of the frequently asked questions. That way, you can be sure that anything won’t go wrong during your Indonesian adventure.
How to get a tourist visa?
Indonesian Government announced that from October 2015, citizens of 45 countries don’t have to possess visa in order to come to Indonesia for less than 30 days. These countries are:
However, if you aren’t citizen of any of these countries, there are a couple of ways of getting a tourist visa.
- You can get your visa before you go to Indonesia, by filling the application form and submitting required documents to Indonesian Embassy in your country. These documents may vary from country to country, but in most cases, you’ll be required to submit at least: copies of your passport and return ticket, two passport-size photographs, and a proof of booked accommodation. In addition, getting your visa will cost you about 40.00EUR.
- Another way of getting a visa is to require it when you arrive at Indonesian airport, which is possible only if you plan to stay for less than 30 days. This way, you will have to pay 35.00EUR for it, and your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the moment you came to Indonesia. In this case, you have to show departure ticket, as well.
For travelers who are planning to bring some stuff from their own country, it is good to know the amount which is acceptable on Indonesian customs. Visitors entering the country can bring:
- up to two liters of beverages based on alcohol;
- 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, or 100 grams of snuff;
- a small amount of perfume (personal use only)
Photographic equipment and laptops must be declared upon entering.
Prohibited items are:
- narcotics, firearms and ammunition;
- TV, radios, tape recorders;
- printed materials in Chinese;
- Chinese medicines.
All films, DVDs must be deposited for inspection by the Office of Censorship. The import and export of Indonesian currency above 50,000 rupees is not allowed.
Healthy in Indonesia
The first thing you should know is that there is no need of being particularly vaccinated before getting on a plane to Indonesia. Everything will be alright if you had your routine vaccines. Of course, it is pretty convenient to pack some vaccines if anything unpredicted happens. Most of the patients are advised to have hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines with them during their journey.
Other ways of remaining healthy in Indonesia are based on wearing long-sleeved clothes and mosquito repellent (in order to avoid malaria), drinking bottled water, not eating fresh vegetables, peeling your fruits and avoiding walking without your shoes on.
If you are in need of a doctor in Indonesia, it is good to know that Jakarta and Bali offer services of some international hospitals. Hospitals’ policies in other parts of the country are not based on European standards, so it’s advisable to stick to international ones whenever it’s possible. Emergency services can be required by dialing 118.
Being safe in Indonesia