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Welcome to Indonesia

Indonesia

Continent: Asia

Capital: Jakarta

Population: 255.5 million                                                                                                       

Dialing Code: +62

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)

Time zone: Various (UTC+7 to +9)

Official language: Indonesian

 

Located in between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. The country is made up of thousands of large and small islands, which are connected by the strait and sea.

Due to its location, Indonesia is blessed with so many beautiful beaches that are among the best in the world. Some of the beaches include Senggigi Beach in Lombok, Kuta Beach in Bali, Bunaken Beach in Manado, and many other beautiful beaches.

Indonesia is also blessed with abundant natural wealth. Indonesia has become a tourist destination that is loved by both local and international travelers from around the world. Also rich in culture and wonderful people, the different tribes live in peace and harmony. The culinary skills of Indonesians are also distinct and wonderful.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Bromo Mountain

This spectacular mountain is the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia. Standing at 2, 329 metres, Bromo Mountain is an active volcanic mountain. Visitors often visit to climb this mountain.

Komodo Island

Visit this island to see the largest lizard in the world- the Komodo Dragon. The dragon can grow up to 10ft in length and weigh up to 70kg. You can see these reptiles up close in the Komodo National Park. The park also has amazing underwater life, home to beautiful corals, mangroves and sea grass, as well as thousands of fishes, sponges, 10 species of dolphins, 6 kinds of whales, green turtles, and various types of sharks and stingrays. The island is one of the best dive sites in the world.

Bali

Bali is another top destination for tourists worldwide. From stunning beaches, jungle-covered volcanoes, beach bars and surf spots- these and more make beautiful Bali a must-visit destination. The Balinese people are famously warm and friendly, perhaps the best part of a visit here.

Business

With a GDP of US$878.2billion, Indonesia is a major hub in Asia. Oil and natural gas are the most important raw materials produced by Indonesia. Tourism is gradually becoming a major industry and vital source of foreign exchange.

Doing business in Indonesia, you need to know that punctuality is expected but be aware that your host may be running late and this is quite common. Indonesians also make use of business cards and it is polite to take great interest in any card that is received. It is conventional to greet by shaking hands and giving a slight bow with the head on meeting. Literature should be in English, but prices should be quoted in US Dollars as well as Pounds Sterling.

Climate

Indonesia has a tropical climate which is highly variable from area to area. During June to September the weather is very dry, the main rains fall during December to March. Rainstorms occur all year. Higher regions are cooler. Temperatures average between 23°C (73°F) and 28°C (82°F) all year.

The best time for tourists to travel is in June, July and August, although prices will be higher.

Customs

When visiting Indonesia, visitors should make sure they observe local traditions and customs. Social courtesies are often fairly formal. The locals usually love it when tourists use few of the local language. Never pass or accept anything with the left hand, as this is seen as unclean. Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon. if you dont want unwanted attention, avoid kissing in public.

Shoes should be removed when entering a home.

Touching a stranger of the same sex while in conversation is very common. Smiling is a cultural tradition and Indonesians smile frequently so try to bring a little smile along with you. Both men and women should take care to dress in an appropriate way for their surroundings – whilst a more casual attitude may be fine in Bali, Aceh is rather more conservative and you may be expected to cover up a little more.

There is a Muslim majority of approximately 90%, with Christian, Hindu (mainly in Bali) and Buddhist minorities. Freedom of religion is enshrined in the constitution.

 

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Indonesia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 100g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic beverages.
• Gifts up to a value of US$250 per person or US$1, 000 per family.

Banned imports:

Prohibited and restricted goods include narcotics, firearms and ammunition, air guns, sharp weapons, explosives, pornography, animals, fish, plants, films and video recordings.

Banned exports: 

It is forbidden to take tortoise shells, crocodile skins or ivory out of the country.

 

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz but 127 volts is still used in some areas. Plugs used are European-style with two circular metal pins.

Getting Around

By Air

Indonesia has a good domestic flight network. Most large towns are linked to Jakarta.

By Road

Driving is possible in Indonesia, but depending on the island you are on. You can hire a car with a driver but you are expected to pay for his feeding and accommodation.

Buses are available in Jakarta and other large cities.

 

Passport Visa

Passports:

To enter Indonesia, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas: 

Visas are required by all nationals except citizens of Canada, the UK, the USA and Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden, who do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 30 days.

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