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Travelling Tips

Passport and Visas


All travelers to Indonesia must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival, and have proof (tickets) of onward or return passage.

The Indonesian Government extends Visa on Arrival (VoA) to nationals of 63 countries which can be obtained at designated entry airports and sea ports. Visa-on-Arrival are valid for 30 days and are extendable with another 30 days to be applied at Immigration offices in Indonesia.

Please note that starting 26 January 2010, the 7-day Visa-on-Arrival has been discontinued.  

Countries extended Visa-on-Arrival facility are: 
1. Algeria, 2. Australia, 3.Argentina, 4. Austria, 5. Bahrain, 6. Belgium, 7. Brazil, 8. Bulgaria, 9. Cambodia, 10. Canada, 11. Cyprus, 12. Denmark, 13. Egypt, 14. Estonia, 15.Fiji, 16. Finland, 17.France, 18. Germany, 19.Greece 20.Hungary, 21.Iceland, 22.India, 23.Iran, 24. Ireland, 25.Italy, 26. Japan, 27.Kuwait, 28. Laos PDR, 29.Latvia, 30.Libya, 31. Lithuania, 32.Liechtenstein, 33. Luxemburg, 34. Malta, 35. Maldives, 36.Monaco, 37. Mexico, 38. New Zealand, 39. the Netherlands, 40. Norway, 41. Oman, 42. Panama, 43. The People’s Republic of China, 44.Poland, 45. Portugal, 46.Qatar, 47.Rumania, 48.Russia, 49.South Africa, 50.South Korea, 51.Switzerland, 52.Saudi Arabia, 53. South Africa, 54.Spain, 55.Suriname, 56.Sweden, 57.Slovakia, 58.Slovenia, 59.Taiwan, 60. Tunisia. 61.the United Arab Emirates, 62. the United Kingdom, 63. The United States of America.

Entry Ports Where Visa-on-Arrival May Be Issued are:


  • Soekarno-Hatta in Jakarta
  • Ngurah Rai in Bali
  • Sultan Syarif Hasim in Pekanbaru
  • Minangkabau in Padang
  • Juanda in Surabaya and
  • Sam Ratulangi in Manado

Authorized seaports are at Batam: Sekupang, Batuampar, Nongsa, Marina, and Teluk Senimba, Bandar Bintan, Talani Lagoi, Tanjung Balai Karimun, and Bandar Sri Udana Labon in the Riau archipelago, Sri Bintan Pura in Tanjung Pinang;  Belawan port and Sibolga in North Sumatra, Yos Sudarso Tanjung Perak in Surabaya; Teluk Bayur of Padang; Tanjung Priok harbor at Jakarta; Padang Bai and Benoa ports in Bali; the port of Jayapura; Bitung; Tanjung Mas in Semarang, Central Java; Tenua and Maumere in East Nusa Tenggara, Pare-Pare and Soekarno Hatta port in South Sulawesi.

Free Tourist Visa
Free Tourist short stay visas for  30 days are extended to tourists from 12 countries, namely from Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, Chile, Equador, Morocco and Peru,

VISA Application at Indonesia Embassies or Consulates

Visitors from other countries must apply for visa at Indonesia Embassies or Consulates in their home country. In addition, the visa cannot be replaced with any other immigration letters. The visa shall then be administered by Visa Officer in the presence of the applicant concerned.

You may find information on Indonesia embassies and consulates contact details at the Ministry of Foreign Affair website on the following direct link:

For further information on applying for visa to Indonesia, you may browse our FAQs.

Free entry visa is also provided to delegates registered in a conference that is officially convened. In addition, tourist visa can be obtained from every Indonesian Embassy or Consulate. You can visit Indonesia through certain means and gates, by air via Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Surabaya and Batam; by sea via Semarang, Jakarta, Bali, Pontianak, Balikpapan, Tanjung Pinang and Kupang. Maximum stay in Indonesia is two months.

Airport Tax
An airport tax of Rp150,000 is levied by airports on departing passengers on international flights and Rp.25,000 for those on domestic routes.

Most hotels add a 10% service charge to the bill on top of the 10% tax. In restaurants where service charge is not added, a tip of 5 to 10% on the bill will be appropriate depending on the service and type of establishment.

Maximum items allowed by customs when you visit Indonesia:

  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 100 grams of tobacco
  • Reasonable amount of perfume per adult, meaning if you arrive drenched in perfume the customs probably will not mind you carrying loads of bottles.
  • Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders, binoculars and sport equipments are admitted provided they are taken out on departure. They must be declared to Customs.
  • You are prohibited to carry:
  • Firearms
  • Narcotics drugs
  • Pornography materials
  • Chinese printing and medicines
  • Transceivers and cordless telephone
  • Films, pre-recorded video tapes, laser discs, VCDs, DVDs must be screened by Censor Board.
  • Import or export of foreign currencies and travelers’ checks are allowed. However, the import and export of Indonesia currency, exceeding 100 million Rupiah is prohibited.

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Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is located approximately 26 km west of the city, or about a 20-minute drive to the heart of the business district where many of the major hotels are located. International flights come in and out of Terminal 2, while local flights use either Terminal 1 or 2. Soekarno-Hatta is serviced by 32 major international airlines. Travelers departing from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport are required to pay an airport tax of Rp. 100,000. For domestic travel, the tax is Rp. 25,000 payable at the check-in counter at the airport.


Custom allows a maximum of one liter of alcoholic beverage, and 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco and reasonable amount of perfume per adult. There is no restriction on the import or export of foreign currencies, however the import or export of Indonesian currency is limited to Rp. 5 million.

Moving About

From Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, take a metered taxi located in front of the arrival terminal. An additional surcharge from the airport is Rp. 3,000, plus Rp. 8,000 for the tollroad. Within the city, standard taxis are easily gotten at hotels, major building or flagged down. Flagfall is Rp. 3,000 and Rp. 1,300 for each additional kilometer. The Damri airport bus departs every 30 minutes between 3 am and 10 pm. to Gambir Station and continues on to Blok M, Kemayoran and Rawamangun. It costs Rp. 15,000,- per person.

Health Matters

Jakarta is a tropical city, which should call for some precautions for newcomers. Bottled water, of which there are many quality brands, is highly recommended. Water from tap, even in the best of hotels, should not be use for drinking unless it is boiled for several minutes. Ice in drinks should not be a concern, because ice vendors in Jakarta operate under strict government guidelines. With hot tropical temperatures, sufficient liquid intake is extremely important to maintain good body balance. Care should be taken to avoid sunburn and exhaustion from too much exposure. Unless one is a "seasoned" traveler, it is best to eat at hotels or well-established restaurants. Traditional food stalls (warung) and street carts (kaki lima) are fun to experience, but should be avoided for those visiting the city for only a short time. International health certificates for smallpox, cholera and yellow fever are not required, except when arriving from infected areas.


Located in the tropical zone, Jakarta’s climate is hot and humid. The average temperatures range from 26ºCelcius at night and early morning to up to 30ºCelcius at noon. April to October is usually dry season in Jakarta, while November to March is wet season. However, even during dry season, one can expect occasional rains


Outlets and voltage (220 volts). Small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc. can be used in Indonesia. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Indonesia is 50 Hz. Indonesia use type F plug, type G is still seen, but it's not commonly used. Converters type G to F are available in most local hardware stores.


Video System

In Indonesia, the PAL-system is used for television broadcasts. This system is not compatible with the NTSC systems used in Europe and in many other countries. If you purchase a video cassette in Indonesia, ensure it is recorded in the appropriate system for your video playback machine.

Language & ethnic groups

Like the rest of Indonesia, the people of Jakarta speak the official language Bahasa Indonesia. However, Bahasa Indonesia in this city is heavily influenced by the dialect of Jakarta’s previously dominant ethnic group, Betawi. With rapid urbanization process in the city, the Betawi people have been pushed to Jakarta’s suburban areas. Current population of Jakarta consists of various ethnic groups from different parts of Indonesia, including Chinese, Arab and Indian descents in commercial areas.

Metric Measures

Indonesia follows the international metric system. Temperatures, rainfall measures, distance, weights, velocity are expressed in metric units. Distance is measured in kilometers.

Measurement Unit Approximate Equivalent
Length 1 kilometer 0.6 mile
1 mile 1.6 kilometer
Capacity 1 liter 1.06 US quart
1 US quart 0.95 liter
Weight 1 kilogram 2.2 pounds
1 pound 0.45 kilogram
Mileage Conversion 20 mph 30 km/h
30 mph 50 km/h
50 mph 80 km/h


City of Jakarta about 7.544.242 people

Credit Cards

Most major credit cards are accepted, but visitors are always advised to check with the vendor before a purchase is made. Cash machines with 24 hour access are available in many convenient locations.


Some properties and resort hotels include tips or gratuities with group tours to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. If meals are included in the price, customary gratuity will be calculated at 10 percent. Visitors should be advised that the standard tip in most restaurants is 10 percent.

Food and Beverages

An extensive variety of cuisine is available representing the multicultural flavor of Jakarta. Alcoholic beverages in bottles are sold in special stores. However, alcoholic beverages including beer and wine may be purchased in restaurants, hotel lounges, taverns, and nightclubs, which can be recognized by the sign "Licensed Premises". Minors are not admitted into bars.


English daily: The Jakarta Post, The Indonesian Observer; Chinese daily: Harian Indonesia; some Indonesian dailies Kompas, Suara Pembaruan, Media Indonesia and Bisnis Indonesia.

Baggage Handling

Porter service is available at the Jakarta International Airport. Most properties with group tour business provide baggage handling services on arrival and departure. Rates and policies vary and should be confirmed with the supplier.

Important Telephone Numbers

Information Jakarta Area 108
Information Long Distance Indonesia 100
Information International Calls 102
Long Distance Overseas 101
Long Distance Overseas (Jakarta only) 104
Telephone repair 107
Police 62-21-5250110
Ambulance 118
National SAR 62-21-5502111


Taxis in Indonesia are cheap and plentiful, and thankfully air conditioned, making them the best way to get around, especially in the cities. Make sure the driver knows where you're going before getting in, and make sure he uses the meter. If he refuse, just get another taxi, they're usually not hard to find.

Blue Bird Taxi 62-21-325607, 3143000
Silver Bird 62-21-7941234, 7981001
Steady Safe 62-21-3143333
Express 62-21-5709009, 5709010
Gamya 62-21-325607, 3143000
Kosti Jaya 62-21-7801333
Royal City Taxi 62-21-8500888
Dian Taxi 62-21-8507080, 4250505

Routes of "transjakarta" Busway

CORIDOR I : BLOK M - KOTA (Distance: 12.9 kms, Shelter: 20)>
Terminal Blok M - Sisingamangaraja - Jend Sudirman - MH Thamrin - Merdeka Barat - Majapahit - Gajah Mada / Hayam Wuruk - Pintu Besar Selatan - Taman Stasiun Kota.

CORIDOR II : PULO GADUNG - HARMONI (Distance: 14.3 kms, Shelter: 22)>
Terminal Pulo Gadung - Perintis Kemerdekaan - Letjend Suprapto - Senen Raya - Kwini - Abd Rahman Saleh - Pejambon - Merdeka Timur - Perwira - Veteran - Gajah Mada - HBC - Hayam Wuruk - Majapahit - Merdeka Barat - Merdeka Selatan - Prapatan - Kramat Bunder - Letjend Suprapto - Perintis Kemerdekaan - Terminal Pulo Gadung.

CORIDOR III : KALIDERES - HARMONI (Distance: 18.7 kms, Shelter: 11)>
Terminal Kalideres - Daan Mogot - Letjend S Parman - Tomang Raya - Kyai Caringin - Suryopranoto - Gajah Mada - HCB - Hayam Wuruk - Juanda - Pasar Bare - Veteran - Suryopranoto - Kyai Caringin - Tomang Raya - Letjend S Parman - Daan Mogot - Terminal Kalideres.

CORIDOR IV : PULO GADUNG - DUKUH ATAS (Distance: 11.85 kms, Shelter: 18)>
Pulo Gadung - Pemuda - Pramuka - Tambak - Sultan Agung - Galunggung- Dukuh Atas.

CORIDOR V : KAMPUNG MELAYU - ANCOl (Distance: 13.5 kms, Shelter: 21)>
Kampung Melayu - Jatinegara Barat / Jatinegara Timur - Matraman Raya - Salemba Raya - Kramat Raya - Gunung Sahari - Ancol

CORIDOR VI : RAGUNAN - KUNINGAN (Distance: 13.3 kms, Shelter: 19)>
Ragunan - Warung Buncit Raya - HR Rasuna Said - Latuharhari.

CORIDOR VII : KAMPUNG MELAYU - KAMPUNG RAMBUTAN (Distance: 12.8 kms, Shelter: 15)>
Kampung Melayu - Otto Iskandardinata - Letjend MT Haryono - Mayjend Sutoyo - Jalan Raya Bogor - Kampung Rambutan.

RRI Radio

RRI Radio is Indonesia's national radio station: dial 6.90 AM for commercial free, public radio with local programming morning (6 to 9), noon and afternoon (4 to 6). Only in Indonesia: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. "As It Happens", a national quirky look at day's news and then some, with international interviews. To contact the RRI.