According to transporthint, Kalimantan consists of the central and southern part of the island of Borneo, located in the Indian Ocean (Asia). Kalimantan is part of Indonesia that only borders Malaysia. The largest city of Kalimantan is Banjarmasin. Some major cities in Kalimantan are: Palangkaraya, Samarinda and Pontianak.
According to timedictionary, Kalimantan occupies most of the island of Borneo. This island is known for its pristine nature. However, due to the wood and oil industry, people have to go deeper and deeper into the country to find the real authentic pieces of nature (rainforest). Different tribes and a great diversity of wild animal species still live in these nature reserves. For example, orangutans, leopards, crocodiles, snakes and hundreds of bird species live there. The landscape is also very mountainous with peaks above 2,000 meters. Kalimantan’s coastline consists largely of mangroves and swamps. In addition, there are also stretches of sandy beach. The waters around Kalimantan are ideal for diving to coral reefs, turtles and sharks.
Where is Kalimantan located?
Travel information of Kalimantan
Official name: Kalimantan
Area: 547,891 km²
Capital: Banjarmasin (largest city)
Country code: ID, IDN
Population: 23,720,000 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Distance (Amsterdam – Banjarmasin): 11,628 km
Flight time: approximately 14 hours and 45 minutes
Current status: Be aware of safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Kalimantan 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 of Kalimantan, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Kalimantan. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Kalimantan?
Weather and climate
Kalimantan has a tropical rainforest climate. Throughout the year the temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Kalimantan can be found on our extensive weather page.
June, July, August, September and October are the best months to travel to Kalimantan. This avoids the prolonged rainy season.
Indonesian is the official language in Kalimantan. The most spoken language in Kalimantan is Banjar. In addition, there are about 80 other languages.
Would you like to translate from or into Indonesian for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Kalimantan.
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 in another way or are staying in Kalimantan for more 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: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Indonesian Embassy in the Netherlands: new.indonesia.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for Kalimantan if you have visited a yellow fever country in the seven days before you visit Kalimantan. 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 Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Malaria occurs on Kalimantan. 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 Kalimantan people pay 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 Kalimantan can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices on Kalimantan are a lot 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.
It is customary to tip in Kalimantan. If this has not already been included in the bill, it is customary to tip approximately 5-10%.
Kalimantan falls in two different time zones:
– East and South Kalimantan: 7 hours later (winter time), 6 hours later (summer time).
– West and Central Kalimantan: 6 hours later (winter time), 5 hours later (summer time).
Above we talk about the time difference during our winter and summer time, because Kalimantan does not observe daylight saving time.
Find the local times, dates, time zones and time zone map for Kalimantan on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Kalimantan you have to drive on the left.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Kalimantan.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Kalimantan.
In Kalimantan the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Kalimantan can be found on our electricity page (look under Indonesia).
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
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 Kalimantan can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Kalimantan can be found on Abyznewslinks (under Kalimantan).
Websites from Kalimantan end with.id.
Official websites of Kalimantan:
Entire Kalimantan – tourism-indonesie.nl
West Kalimantan – kalbarprov.go.id
East Kalimantan – kaltimprov.go.id
South Kalimantan – kalselprov.go.id
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Kalimantan is 0062 or +62.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Kalimantan? 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.)
All area codes of Kalimantan can be found on Wikipedia.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Kalimantan.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Kalimantan.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Kalimantan.
An overview of all public holidays in Kalimantan can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations in Kalimantan, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Kalimantan?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Kalimantan. 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 Kalimantan can be found on Protected Planet.
Kalimantan is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Kalimantan? 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 from Kalimantan.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Kalimantan, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Kalimantan, including: opportunities, import and export rules, 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 at Kalimantan? 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 WilWeg.nl 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.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Kalimantan.
– 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
Did you know that…
…Indonesians use the name Kalimantan for all of Borneo?
…There are 83 languages in Kalimantan?
…Kalimantan is the least touristy part of Indonesia?
…There are still different tribes living in Kalimantan?