Here’s a selection of useful information to make your trip to Jakarta more easy and enjoyable as possible.

From imigration info to phoning home, browse through this practical advice before packing your bags.

Continue to read the the practical info:

  • Indonesia is generally a relaxed place to laid back. However, we do have our own customs and visitors should try to observe these practices when they arrive. Some common courtesies and customs are as follows:

    1. Although handshakes are generally acceptable for both men and women, some Muslim ladies may acknowledge introductions to gentlemen by merely nodding and smiling. A handshake should only be initiated by ladies. The traditional greeting or salam resembles a handshake with both hands but without the grasp. The man offers both hands, lightly touches his friend's outstretched hands, and then brings his hands to his chest to mean, "I greet you from my heart". The visitor should reciprocate the salam.
    2. It is polite to call before visiting a home.
    3. Shoes must always be removed when entering a Indonesian home.
    4. Drinks are generally offered to guests. It is polite to accept.
    5. The right hand is always used when eating with one's hand or giving and receiving objects.
    6. The right forefinger is not used to point at places, objects or persons. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with four fingers folded under is the preferred usage.
    7. Shoes must be removed when entering places of worship such as mosques and temples. Some mosques provide robes and scarves for female visitors. Taking photographs at places of worship is usually permitted but always ask permission beforehand.
    8. Toasting is not a common practice in Indonesia. The country's large Muslim population does not drink alcohol.
  • Dehydration and Sunburn
    The sun is strong throughout the year in the country. Proper care against sunburn must be constantly taken. Dehydration and loss of salt through perspiration are two other common problems for the unprepared traveller. Drink plenty of fluids and replace your salt loss and remember that alcoholic drinks make dehydration worse, not better. Make sure you pack suitable clothes for a warm humid climate.

    Due to the constant humid climate, mosquitoes tend to be present throughout the year. The three most significant diseases transmitted by mosquitoes is Dengue Fever. To repel mosquitoes, ticks and other arthropods, apply an insect repellent containing DEET to your skin or clothing.

    Generally, the level of food hygiene throughout the country is high. However, make sure your food and drinking water are safe. Food from street vendors should be treated with care. Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. If possible, avoid fountain drinks and ice cubes. Bring along iodine tablets and portable water filters to purify water if bottled water is not available. Also, wash your hands often with soap and water. As an extra precaution, bring along anti-diarrhoea medication and an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor to self-treat moderate to severe diarrhoea.

    Recommended vaccines: Poliomyelitis (childhood booster), Tetanus (childhood booster), Typhoid (food & water borne diseases), Hepatitis A (food & water borne diseases).
    If you are coming from, or have recently travelled in, South America or sub-Saharan Africa you must present a certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever upon arrival in Jakarta.

  • 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.

    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:

    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.

    Further information on customs and taxes in Indonesia, log into

  • Greetings あいさつ

    English 日本語 Bahasa Indonesia
    How do you do? お元気ですか? Apa kabar?
    Good morning おはようございます Selamat pagi
    Good afternoon こんにちは Selamat sore
    Goodbye さようなら Selamat tinggal
    Bon voyage いってらっしゃい Selamat jalan
    Fine 元気です Baik
    Welcome ようこそ Selamat datang

    Pronouns and Titles 代名詞と敬称

    English 日本語 Bahasa Indonesia
    I Saya
    You あなた Anda
    We 私たち Kita/Kami
    He/She 彼/彼女 Dia
    They 彼ら Mereka
    Mr. 〜さん(男性に対して) Bapak
    Miss 〜さん(女性に対して) Nona

    Directions 方向

    English 日本語 Bahasa Indonesia
    Go up 上がる Naik
    Go down 下がる Turun
    Turn まわす Belok
    Right Kanan
    Left Kiri
    Front Depan
    Behind Belakang
    North Utara
    South Selatan
    East Timur
    West 西 Barat
    Up 上へ Atas
    Down 下へ Bawah

    Useful Words and Expressions 役立つ単語と表現

    English 日本語 Bahasa Indonesia
    A little 少し Sedikit
    A lot たくさん Banyak
    Beach ビーチ Pantai
    Beef 牛肉 Daging sapi
    Chicken 鶏肉 Ayam
    Cold 冷たい Dingin
    Crab カニ Kepiting
    Drink 飲む Minum
    Do not have 〜はありません Tidak ada
    Eat 食べる Makan
    Excuse me すみません Maafkan saya/Permisi
    Exit 出口 Keluar
    Female 女性 Perempuan
    Fish Ikan
    Fruit 果物 Buah
    Have 持つ Ada/Punya
    Hot 熱い Panas
    I am sorry ごめんなさい Saya minta maaf
    English 日本語 Bahasa Indonesia
    Male 男性 Laki-laki
    Meat Daging
    Mutton 羊肉 Daging kambing
    No いいえ Tidak
    Please お願いします Tolong/Silakan
    Pork 豚肉 Daging babi
    Prawn エビ Udang
    Salt Garam
    Shop ショップ Kedai/Warung
    Sugar 砂糖 Gula
    Thank you ありがとう Terima kasih
    Toilet トイレ Toilet/Kamar mandi
    Trishaw 輪タク (ベチャ) Becak
    Wait 待つ Tunggu
    Want 欲しい Mau/Ingin
    Water Air
    Yes はい Ya

    Questions 質問

    English 日本語 Bahasa Indonesia
    Can you help me? 手伝ってくれますか? Bolehkah Anda menolong saya?
    How do I get there? そこへはどのように行けばよいですか? Bagaimana hendak ke sana?
    How far? (距離は)どのくらいですか? Berapa jauh?
    How long will it take? (時間は)どのくらいかかりますか? Berapa lama?
    How much (price) does it cost? おいくらですか? Berapa harganya?
    What is this/that? これ/あれは何ですか? Apa ini/itu?
    What is your name? あなたのお名前は? Siapa nama anda?
    When? いつ? Kapan?
    Where? どこ? Di mana?
    Why? なぜ? Kenapa?
  • 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.

    Indonesia offers a GSM-network and CDMA-network for cellular telephones. There are several operators and most of the major islands now is covered although some white spots occurs in the covered areas. The international code for Indonesia is +62. The area code for Jakarta is 021.