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Visa/Customs, Money, Insurance, Health Care, Transport, Shopping, Communication :


NOTE : All mentioned in this page is merely information and advice and should be interpreted as such. Holiday Indonesia will not take any legal responsibility for any actions taken or their consequences, based on the information given in this page.





VISA / CUSTOMS


For most countries Indonesia allows travelers to obtain the tourist visa upon arrival. This visa is valid for 30 days only and costs around 25 usd. However this procedure can take some time at the airport of arrival, depending on the number of applicants before you. 2 hours of waiting is not an exception, therefore we advise to get your visa arranged before departure at your Indonesian Embassy.
Since January 2010 the visa upon arrival can be extended with another 30 days.
On most international flights, attendants will hand out the necessary entry/departure cards and customs declaration forms you need to fill out. Upon arrival customs will take these forms but the departure card you will have to keep until you leave the country.
You are allowed to bring 2 liters of wine or spirits and 200 cigarettes per person. Be aware that bringing in drugs can lead to severe penalties and even death sentence!





MONEY


The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. The actual exchange rate can be checked at http://www.xe.com/ucc/. Bank notes exist in values of Rp 100,000.-, Rp 50,000.-, Rp 20,000.-, Rp 10,000.-, Rp 5,000.- and Rp 1,000.-.
Please be aware that the Rp 100,000.- notes and the Rp 10,000.- notes are quite similar!
Coins exist in values of Rp 500.-, Rp 200.-, Rp 100.- and Rp 50.-.


Cash is the most common and easiest way to pay your bills.
Cash withdrawal from ATM machines can easily be made in the bigger and medium-sized cities. The smaller cities and villages often don’t have these facilities or they can be out off order. The most common banks giving access to Master, Cirus, Maestro or Visa are: Bank Mandiri, BCA Bank, Lippo Bank, City bank, Danamon bank and Permata bank. The maximum withdrawal each time varies between Rp 600,000.- and Rp 2,500,000.-. The maximum withdrawal per day usually is Rp 5,000,000.-.


Credit cards like Master and Visa are accepted in most shopping malls, hotels and restaurants in the big cities. Normally 2% or 3% is being charged for using credit cards.

In most cities money and traveller’s cheques can be changed at authorized money changers. The notes however should be in perfect state with no wrinkles or writing on it. For American dollars the best to bring is from 10.- up to 100.- dollar notes, Euros are normally accepted from 10.- until 500.- notes.





INSURANCE


We advice a travel cancellation insurance and a normal travel insurance which covers loss and damage of goods and health care including emergency return transportation home.
As a diver please check if your insurance covers medical treatment for diseases and/or injuries caused by diving and extra costs for emergency transportation to Australia, Singapore or home if necessary. The Divers Alert Network (DAN - http://www.danasiapacific.org) offers special services for divers all over the world. Please visit their website for more details.





HEALTH CARE


This is a very personal issue. The necessary precautions that you should take for travelling in a tropical country like Indonesia depends on your personal health situation, and your travel destinations. Therefore please consult your private doctor or official health care centre. It is advised to do this in time for some treatments can take more than several weeks.
Diarrhea stopper like Imodium, insect repellant, sun protection and car/sea sickness medication is recommended to be part of your outfit.
Drink boiled or bottled water only, never drink water from a tap not even in the best hotels!
Bottled water is available everywhere, please check the plastic seal before using.





TRANSPORT


Airplane
The important international airports are Sukarno Hatta Jakarta and Ngurah Rai Denpasar (Bali). Through these airports you can easily connect to most destinations in Indonesia. We can issue tickets for you and send them to your home address or you can book the domestic tickets yourself but be aware that flights can be full and you might have to stay over a couple of nights. Domestic flights between big cities and most well known islands are scheduled on daily bases. Most regular flights you will find on our flight map. For domestic flights you normally have to pay airport tax at special counters after checking in.


Taxi
Most airports have special airport taxi services that can be ordered at a counter. They apply standard rates for different zones. Especially in Jakarta you will find many people in the airport who offer you their transport services. We advise you to use the airport taxis or metered taxis instead. It is normal you pay extra for airport service tax and the toll roads between the airport and your destination. In most cities there are sufficient metered taxies driving around that you can wave down. These are not expensive, but you should make sure the driver turns on the meter after you get in. Enough small value notes in your pocket will prevent change problems


Bemo
All over Indonesia, in cities as well as in the countryside, you will find minibusses called Bemo or Pete Pete. Both are driving the same route all day and can be made use of against a very low rate. Their drivers try to put in as many customers and luggage as possible, so you probably will have no comfort at all, but you will find it an unforgettable experience being stuck in the back between bales of rice and sometimes even live stock. You can just wave this kind of minibusses down, but should be sure that you know where they are going before you enter.


Becak & Ojek
Also low priced, but more private, is transportation by Ojek and Becak. The Ojek (motorcycle taxi) is a small motorcycle that will take you anywhere you want to go. Sit on the back, use the plastic helmet and enjoy the ride. Make sure you agree upon the price before you take off. The same goes for the Becak (pedicab), a tricycle for carrying passengers, which you find plenty in the cities and villages. They cycle you around as long as you like. Their motto is: you take care of us, we take care of you!


Bus
You will find reasonably good quality long distance bus connections between the bigger towns. It is best to inform about their schedules at a local travel agency. Normally these busses depart from special bus terminals that are mostly located just outside town.


Private Car
If you like to rent a car and drive yourself we recommend to do this in Bali only. There you can rent cars everywhere against low rates. Please bring your international driving license. For the rest of Indonesia we advise you to hire a driver if you need a private car. Hotels and travel agencies can help you with finding a car and driver. Compared to western standards the rates are relatively low, however you still are able to negotiate the first offer. Make sure you know whether the fuel is included or not.





SHOPPING


Basic shopping can be done in the many small or medium shops you will find in nearly any place where people are living. Most of them open 7 days a week from early in the morning until early in the evening. The big and medium sized towns have shopping malls that will open at 10.00 am and close around 09.00 pm, 7 days a week. Please be aware of the fact that wine and spirits are expensive and are impossible to get outside the big cities.





COMMUNICATION


Phones
Depending on your provider you can use your own cell-phone in most inhabited parts of Indonesia but usage probably is expensive. If you intend to call or sms frequently you better buy yourself an Indonesian mobile number and put the SIM card in your own phone (ask your dealer if your phone is not ‘locked’ and will accept the Indonesian SIM card). New phone numbers are easy to obtain in every city. We advise the provider Simpati (Telkomsel) which has the best coverage over the country. A new number is around 2.- USD. You can top-up your phone credit by buying Simpati credit vouchers. These are commonly available for Rp 100,000.- , Rp 50,000.- or Rp 20,000.- . An alternative is using a public phone shop, though these are becoming less common since mobile phones became popular in most areas. These shops are called ‘WARTEL’ (“Warung Telekomunikasi”) and basically are mall shops with one or more phone booths. The more remote your location is, the more difficult it will be to make international calls.


Internet
Internet café’s you can find in every big city and popular tourist places. Most 4 and 5 star hotels have these facilities in there business centers.


Satellite Phone
Most live-aboard vessels have a satellite phone that can be used on request. If you expect that you will need this service, please inform about this facility and the additional costs before booking.

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