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In Indonesia, the best mode of transport to use depends on the area you find yourself in. In Bali, for instance, there are no trains and only one airport [1], so the most convenient way to get around is to rent a car or motorcycle.

Taxis are also fairly affordable, and if you don’t know your way around or aren’t used to the traffic and road conditions, hiring a taxi will be a lot less stressful. If the taxi isn’t metered, however, be sure to negotiate the price with your driver beforehand.

Java and Sumatra, on the other hand, do have their own train services, which are affordable and easy to use. Train tickets are sold directly from ticket offices located at the train stations where you will also find information about destinations, train schedules and fares. The three classes of trains are economy (Ekonomi), business (Bisnis) and executive (Eksecutif). Economy class tickets can be paid for on the day of travel, but seats may be sold out during busier times of year. Executive and business class seats must be reserved in advance.

If you’re looking for a more local travel experience, you can also take one of the many public buses or mini vans known as “bemos.” Most towns have their own bus terminal where you can catch one, but keep in mind that while bemos are cheap, they also tend to be cramped and don’t follow the most direct routes, so taking one can be unnecessarily time-consuming.

Hitchhiking in Indonesia is uncommon but not impossible. Rather than sticking out your thumb to signal to vehicles, you can try waving cars or trucks down and then asking “Bisa ikut gratis?” which means “Can we join for free?” Holding up a sign that says “Nebeng,” which is Javanese slang for free lifts, can also help you signal to passing vehicles.


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You can access the internet on your mobile phone by purchasing a pre-paid local SIM card on arrival, although this will only work for phones that have been unlocked.

At the airport you’ll find kiosks selling pre-paid SIM cards and credit top-ups. Once your SIM card has been registered, you can ask the vendor to add credit to your mobile number in amounts of 10,000, 20,000 or 50,000 Rupiah, which can then be converted from call credit to data credit.

If you’re only in the country for a few days and don’t want to bother with acquiring a local SIM card, many of the larger hotels, restaurants and coffee shops also offer free Wi-Fi.


Foreigners without work permit involved in any kind of money making activities most likely will be arrested, so it's not the easiest place to busk.



(As from 1st February 2004)

In conjunction with the Presidential Decision No. 103/2003, signed by the President of the Republic of Indonesia on 17th December 2003 regarding the new visa policy, from the 1st February 2004, the following countries do not require a visa to enter Indonesia for a Tourist visit of up to 30 (thirty) days: 1 Brunei Darussalam 2 Chile 3 Hong Kong SAR 4 Macao SAR 5 Malaysia 6 Morocco 7 Peru 8 Philippines 9 Singapore 10 Thailand 11 Vietnam

Please be advised that Visa-Free Short Visits may only be extended upon approval from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights/Director General of Immigration of the Republic of Indonesia based on natural disaster, illnes or accident, but cannot be transferred to another type of visa. Overstay visitors incur to pay a penalty of US$20.- per day (for under 60 days stay) whilst over 60 days stay will be a 5 (five) year prison sentence or a fine of IDF25.000.000 (local currency).


1 Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months as from the date of entry into Indonesia. 2 Onward or return tickets are compulsory 3 No compulsory vaccinations 4 Visitors on Visa-Free Short Visits must be enter and exit from certain airports and seaports in Indonesia.


In conjunction with the revision of the visa policy, the Indonesian Minister of Justice and Human Rights has issued and signed a revise decree no. M.02-IZ.01/2007, on 28th May 2007, effective from 5th July 2007, stating that Nationals of the following countries can now apply for their Transit (7 days maximum stay) and/or Tourist visa upon arrival at the following Airports/Seaports in Indonesia for a maximum visit of 30 days : 1 Algeria 2 Argentine 3 Australia 4 Austria 5 Bahrain 6 Belgium 7 Brazil 8 Bulgaria 9 Cambodia 10 Canada 11 China 12 Cyprus 13 Czech 14 Denmark 15 Egypt 16 Estonia 17 Fiji 18 Finland 19 France 20 Germany 21 Greece 22 Hungary 23 Iceland 24 India 25 Iran 26 Ireland 27 Italy 28 Japan 29 Kuwait 30 Laos 31 Latvia 32 Libya 33 Liechtenstein 34 Lithuania 35 Luxembourg 36 Maldives 37 Malta 38 Mexico 39 Monaco 40 Netherland 41 New Zealand 42 Norway 43 Oman 44 Panama 45 Poland 46 Portugal 47 Qatar 48 Romania 49 Russia 50 Saudi Arabia 51 Slovakia 52 Slovenia 53 South Africa 54 South Korea 55 Spain 56 Surinam 57 Sweden 58 Switzerland 59 Taiwan Territory 60 Tunisia 61 United Arab Emirates 62 United Kingdom 63 USA

Please be advised that Visa On Arrival may only be extended upon approval from the Director General of Immigration of the Republic of Indonesia in case of natural disaster, illnes or accident, but cannot be transferred to another type of visa. Overstay visitors incur to pay a penalty of US$20.- per day/person (for under 60 days stay) whilst over 60 days stay will be a 5 (five) year prison sentence or a fine of IDR25.000.000 (local currency).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR VISA ON ARRIVAL (VOA) 1 Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months as from the date of entry into Indonesia. 2 Onward or return tickets are compulsory 3 No compulsory vaccinations 4

Visitors must enter through the following airports and seaports in Indonesia.

There are 14 (fourteen) Airport and 23 (twenty three) Seaport across Indonesia that has the VOA facilities:

Airports 1 Adi Juanda in Surabaya (East Java) 2 Adisutjipto in Yogyakarta (Central Java) 3 Adi Sumarmo in Solo (Central Java) 4 El Tari in Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara Province, Timor 5 Halim Perdanakusuma in Jakarta (Capital of Indonesia) 6 Hassanudin in Makasar (South Sulawesi) 7 Ngurah Rai in Denpasar (Island of Bali) 8 Polonia in Medan (North Sumatera) 9 Sam Ratulangi in Manado (North Sulawesi) 10 Selaparang in Mataram (Lombok Island) 11 Sepinggan in Balikpapan (East Kalimantan) 12 Soekarno Hatta in Jakarta (Capital of Indonesia) 13 Sultan Syarif Kasim II in Pekanbaru (Riau Province, Sumatera) 14 Tabing in Padang (West Sumatera)

Seaports 1 Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi in Tanjung Uban, Bintan (Sumatera) 2 Bandar Seri Udana Lobam in Tanjung Uban (Sumatera) 3 Batu Ampar in Batam (Batam Island) 4 Belawan in Belawan (North Sumatera) 5 Benoa in Bali (Island of Bali) 6 Bitung in Bitung (Sulawesi) 7 Jayapura in Jayapura (Irian Jaya) 8 Marina Teluk Senimba (Batam Island) 9 Maumere in Flores (East Nusa Tenggara) 10 Nongsa in Batam (Batam Island) 11 Padang Bai in Bali (Island of Bali) 12 Pare-pare in Pare-pare (South Sulawesi) 13 Sekupang in Batam (Batam Island) 14 Sibolga in Sibolga (North Sumatra) 15 Soekarno-Hatta in Makassar (South Sulawesi) 16 Sri Bintan Pura in Tanjung Pinang (Riau) 17 Tanjung Balai Karimun (Sumatera) 18 Tanjung Mas in Semarang (Central Java) 19 Tanjung Priok in Jakarta (Capital of Indonesia) 20 Teluk Bayur in Padang (West Sumatra) 21 Batam Centre in Batam (Batam Island) 22 Tenau in Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara Province) 23 Yos Sudarso in Dumai (Riau Province, Sumatra)

Please note that these regulations do not apply for foreigners/expatriates (including members of their family) who are assigned/based in Indonesia.

Visa is required and should be applied for before hand.

Those whose countries ARE NOT included in the above list or wish to stay longer than 30 days in Indonesia, should apply for their visa in advance, at the Indonesian Embassy.


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