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Indonesia Travel Information

According to mysteryaround, Indonesia (English/Indonesian: Indonesia) is a country located mostly in Asia. The areas of Papua, West Papua, West Timor, Moluccas and North Maluku are located in Oceania. Indonesia has been independent from the former Dutch East Indies since 1949. Indonesia consists of 17,508 islands, making it the largest island nation in the world. Indonesia borders Papua New Guinea, Brunei, East Timor and Malaysia. Indonesia’s largest and most famous islands are: Bali, Sulawesi, Java, Lombok,Sumatra and the Moluccas. The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta. A number of major cities in Indonesia are: Bandung, Malang, Medan, Semarang and Bogor.

According to iamhigher, Indonesia is known for its cuisine, including the rice table, Nasi Goreng and satay dishes. Many dishes are based on rice and that is why you will encounter many rice fields in Indonesia. Indonesia has a lot to offer in terms of flora and fauna. There are many National Parks spread across Indonesia where you can find 129 active volcanoes. There are also many wildlife such as monkeys, rhinoceroses, zebras and elephants. The various islands of Indonesia each have a beautiful coastline with white beaches, palm trees and clear blue water. With boats you can sail to various islands. The water is also ideal for diving, snorkeling, surfing and rafting. There are various diving facilities such as diving schools and diving boats. You can dive to caves, coral reefs, shipwrecks and colorful fish. A ride with the Rickshaw is a must when you are in Indonesia. In 2004, Indonesia made world news when a tsunami killed approximately 237,000 people.

Shared islands of Indonesia:
– Borneo consists of the Indonesian Kalimantan and the countries of Brunei and Malaysia.
– New Guinea consists of Indonesian Papua and the country of Papua New Guinea.
– Timor consists of the Indonesian West Timor and the country East Timor.

Where is Indonesia?

Travel information of Indonesia

Official name: Republic of Indonesia
Continent: Asia and Oceania
Area: 1,904,569 km²
Capital: Jakarta
Country code: ID, IDN
Population: 267,026,366 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 4,884 m (Puncak Jaya)
Distance (Amsterdam – Jakarta): 11,358 km
Flight time: approximately 14 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: All non-essential travel to certain areas in Indonesia is discouraged.
Current color code: Yellow and orange.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Indonesia that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Indonesia, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Indonesia. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Indonesia?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Indonesia at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Indonesia has a tropical rainforest climate. Throughout the year the temperatures are between 25 and 35 degrees. Indonesia regularly faces natural disasters such as floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Indonesia can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Indonesia can be found at Climate info.

Best time
June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Indonesia. This avoids the months with the greatest chance of precipitation.

Indonesian is the official language in Indonesia. In addition, approximately 750 local languages ​​are spoken in the country, such as: Javanese, Dutch, Sundanese, Malay, Balinese, Mandarin, Arabic, Portuguese and Cantonese.
Would you like to translate from or into Indonesian for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Indonesia.
A visa is not required if you stay less than 30 days and arrive through an airport, port or country border on this list. If you arrive by other means or are staying in Indonesia for longer than 30 days, you can personally apply for a visa at the Embassy of Indonesia in The Hague.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Indonesia:
Dutch consulates in Indonesia:
Indonesian Embassy in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for Indonesia if you have visited a yellow fever country in the seven days before you visit Indonesia. In addition, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Indonesia (with the exception of Jakarta and the tourist cities on Java and Bali). Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Indonesia, payments are made with the Indonesian rupiah (rupiah) (IDR).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Indonesia can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Indonesia are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -43% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (75% cheaper), food (19% cheaper), imported beer in catering (10% cheaper), cigarettes (77% cheaper) and public transport (90% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Indonesia it is customary to tip. If this has not already been included in the bill, it is customary to tip approximately 5-10%.

Time difference
Indonesia falls in different time zones:
– Sumatra: 6 hours later (winter time), 5 hours later (summer time).
– Java: 6 hours later (winter time), 5 hours later (summer time).
– West and Central Kalimantan: 6 hours later (winter time), 5 hours later (summer time).
– East and South Kalimantan: 7 hours later (winter time), 6 hours later (summer time).
– Sulawesi: 7 hours later (winter time), 6 hours later (summer time).
– Sunda Islands: 7 hours later (winter time), 6 hours later (summer time).
– Moluccas: 8 hours later (winter time), 7 hours later (summer time).
– Papua and West Papua: 8 hours later (winter time), 7 hours later (summer time).
Above we talk about the time difference during our winter and summer time, because Indonesia does not use summer time.
Find local times, dates, time zones and time zone map for Indonesia on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Indonesia you have to drive on the left.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Indonesia, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Indonesia.

In Indonesia the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Indonesia can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 110
– Fire: 113
– Ambulance: 118

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Indonesia can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Indonesia can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Indonesia end
Official websites of Indonesia: and

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Indonesia is 0062 or +62.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Indonesia? Then use the Dutch country code 00131.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
You can find all the area codes of Indonesia on Wikipedia.
Company details can be found in Indonesia’s Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Indonesia.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Indonesia.

An overview of all public holidays in Indonesia can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Indonesia, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Travel reports
Are you looking for a travel report about Indonesia?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Indonesia. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Indonesia can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Indonesia can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Indonesia? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and medicines, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported to Indonesia.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or with Indonesia, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Indonesia, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Indonesia? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, accommodation, scholarships, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Indonesia.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 21.
– Alcohol and traffic: No maximum permitted alcohol content.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed (with the exception of Aceh province (max. 200 lashes))

Did you know that…
…The left hand in Indonesia is unclean?
…It is quite common in Indonesia to eat with your hands?
… The rice table in Indonesia was introduced by the Dutch?
…Kissing, hugging and walking hand in hand are considered inappropriate?
…Indonesia is part of the Ring of Fire (group of volcanoes)?
…Football and badminton are the main sports in Indonesia?

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