What you need to know
Information and Facts
As the largest archipelago in the world, The Republic of Indonesia has more than 13,000 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches, many of which are still uninhabited, as well as unnamed, to this day! Indonesia’s unexplored islands contain fantastic mountain views, green rainforests, deep blue seas and a wide range of wildlife. This country’s unique location and geology provides the perfect setting for the most diverse landscapes such as ricelands, luxuriant rainforests, grasslands and even snow-capped peaks!
Indonesia is mainly a tropical country with two seasons: a dry season and a rainy season. The dry season usually occurs from June to September and the rest of the year is Indonesia’s rainy season.
The Republic of Indonesia is generally a very safe destination all year round. It is recommended to have copies on-hand of your important documents, while keeping them stored separately (and safely) from the originals. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance.
While some vaccines may be recommended when travelling around Asia – WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Tetanus, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots – there aren’t any known ailments or endemic diseases where there is a need for a particular immunisation required for travel.
In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician, who knows your medical history, and can assess any risks involved with your intended destination.
Currency & Customs
Currency is the Indonesia Rupiah (IDR). IDR and USD are the most acceptable currencies in Indonesia, however, when traveling to remote locations or islands it is recommended you exchange your money.
The electrical current for Indonesia is 230 Volts at 50 Hertz; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.
Bahasa Indonesia, based on the high Malay language, is the country’s official language and used in all official communications. While Indonesia accounts for more than 300 regional languages, Indonesians today speak at least two languages or more.