1. SHOULD I GET VACCINATED PRIOR TRAVELLING TO INDONESIA?
Usually travellers to Indonesia do not get their extra vaccination shots (other than the compulsory ones you've received at early age). But for some, will feel safer to get their vaccination prior to travelling to the Far East. Just to be on the safe side. Please find below information regarding traveller's vaccinations:
Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.
All travellers: You
should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any
destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.
- Routine vaccines: Make
sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines
include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis
vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu
travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the
country you are visiting.
- Hepatitis A: CDC
recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated
food or water, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
- Typhoid: You
can get typhoid through contaminated food or water. CDC recommends this vaccine
for most travellers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives,
visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going,
how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are travelling
from a country other than the US.
- Hepatitis B: You
can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood
products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new
partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
may need this vaccine if your trip will last more than a month, depending on
where you are going in the Far East and what time of year you are travelling.
You should also consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas or will
be spending a lot of time outdoors, even for trips shorter than a month. Your
doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your
travel plans. See more in-depth information on Japanese encephalitis in the Far East.
- Malaria: When
traveling in the Far East countries, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent
malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after
your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you
are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time
outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent
malaria while traveling.
Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:
- Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
- People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
- People who are taking long trips or moving to Indonesia
- Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
There is no risk of yellow fever in Indonesia. The government of Indonesia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US or most European countries. If you are travelling from a country other than the US or most European countries, consult with your doctor whether you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine.
For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Indonesia. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.
2. CAN I TAKE MY PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES WHEN TRAVELLING TO INDONESIA?
Yes you can. As long as you bring it with in a sufficient amount according to your personal use as prescribed by your doctor. To be on the safe side, it would be better if you enclose a letter from your doctor (in English please) describing the medicines you are bringing and to what purpose they are necessary consumed by you.
3. HOW DO I EXTEND MY VISA IF I WANT TO STAY LONGER THAN THE INTENDED LENGTH OF STAY?
User of Visa Free Facility
If you enter Indonesia with the VISA FREE FACILITY, then you can not extend it beyond the 30-day period. The only alternative is for you to exit Indonesia first and re-enter with the same facility for the period length of stay of another 30 days.
User of Visa on Arrival (VOA) Facility
If you enter Indonesia with the VOA facility (purchased at major Indonesian international airports for the fee of USD 35/person), then you can extend it at the immigration office in the city where you are staying by bringing your original passport with you. The extension will be for another 30 days and an extension fee will be charged to you.
User of Visa issued by Indonesian Embassy in Stockholm
The same procedure will be applied as user of VOA above.
4. CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD(S) WHEN TRAVELLING IN INDONESIA?
Yes you can. As in any other countries, most major credit card such as AMEX, VISA, DINERS, etc are acceptable as method of payment in malls, shops, stores, restaurants, movies, supermarkets, and even some taxi companies throughout Indonesia. Some local/traditional stores and restaurants do not accept credit cards, so it would be wise for you to ask prior making your purchase.
5. WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO INDONESIA?
As in any other South East Asian countries, there are only 2 seasons in Indonesia, namely the Dry and the Wet/Monsoon season. If sea, sand and sun are what you are looking for, then the best time to come to Indonesia will be during the dry season (May-September). The Wet/ monsoon season (end of September-February) will not be fun for you sun and beach lovers since your days will be filled with gray skies, thunder and lightning, everlasting tropical showers and strong gusts from morning till evening for days in a row.
The dry season will be hot and dry with temperature soaring up to 29-35 degrees celcius. Beach lovers are advised to put on their sun tan-lotion and sun shades and drink a lot of fluids to keep your body well hydrated.
6. COULD I BRING SNUS WHEN I TRAVEL TO INDONESIA?
According to Minister
of Finance Regulation No. 188 / PMK.04 / 2010 on Import of Goods Carried By
Passengers, crew of Carriers, Border Crossers and Delivery Goods, if the goods'
(Snus) value is less than US$250 then they are free or no tax for them. Since
it is quite difficult sometimes to asses the value of a goods then the goods
could be generalized into pieces. If this is to be applied then the number of
Snus is limited only up to 200 pieces (not bottles or cans). If you intend to
bring 50-60 cans then I would suggest you to split them into different bags
(cabin, baggage, hand carry). Please be advised that this way does not guaranty
the goods to be safely entering the country without being taxed by the customs
at the airport. If they find them to be valued more than US$250 then they will
only allow you to bring along with you up to that value, and the rest will be