Indonesia Travel Information
As a result of the corona situation, Indonesian
authorities have imposed a temporary entry ban on all
foreigners from April 2, with only a few categories
being exempt. From April 24 to June 1, most commercial
flights to and from the country are suspended. For more
information about coronavirus, see the entry Entry and
The Embassy recommends to all Norwegian residents and
residents of Indonesia to register on
Terrorism: Indonesia is mainly a
safe destination, but it must nevertheless be emphasized
that there is a continuing terror threat in the country.
The authorities regularly arrest individuals and groups
that have planned attacks. On May 13, 2018, several
churches were attacked in the city of Surabaya in East
Java, with 14 dead and over 40 injured. In Jakarta, the
latest attack took place on May 24, 2017, where two
suicide bombers targeted police. On January 14, 2016, a
terrorist campaign against civilians was carried out in
Jakarta, where foreigners were also hit.
All religious groups of significance clearly distance
themselves from terror and violence, but several local
extremist groups have supported IS and have links to
other like-minded organizations in the region. As a
result of the ongoing danger of terrorist attacks,
Indonesian authorities have considerable and visible
security preparedness in public places, especially at
tourist sites in Jakarta and Bali, but also other areas
of the country where many foreigners travel.
Travelers should follow the directions given by local
authorities and exercise general caution. Avoid large
crowds and demonstrations. In addition, the Embassy
encourages everyone to pay extra attention to major
holidays such as Ramadan (April 23-May 23, 2020),
National Day Celebration (August 17), Christmas and New
- Countryaah: Jakarta is the capital
of Indonesia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Natural Disasters: Indonesia is the
country with the most active volcanoes in the world. The
region is very earthquake exposed, and the most
devastating tsunami of historical time, Christmas Day
2004, resulted in over 180,000 deaths in Indonesia. In
the rainy season, larger floods are common, and
landslides and landslides regularly kill. Forest fires
often occur during the drought period, often applied to
clear areas for agriculture/forestry.
On December 22, 2018, the coastal areas around the
Sunda Strait were hit by a tsunami when parts of the
Anak Krakatau volcano island collapsed into the sea.
Hundreds of lives were lost, and there were major
material destruction in the area.
Several earthquakes of strength between 5.7 and 7.5,
with subsequent tsunami, occurred on Central Sulawesi on
September 28, 2018. The incident led to many deaths and
injuries, causing major damage to buildings and
infrastructure, especially in the area around Palu and
Dongala. The situation is now normalized, and travel
advice for the area was abolished from 26 June 2019.
Lombok was hit on August 5, 2018 by an earthquake of
strength 7 on Richter's scale. The earthquake could be
felt in Lombok (including the Gili Islands), Sumbawa and
Bali. The incident caused many deaths and injuries in
the northern part of Lombok and also caused major damage
to buildings and infrastructure in the same area. The
situation is now normalized, and travel advice for the
area was abolished from 30 November 2018.
The volcano Agung in Bali is occasionally active. It
is located north-east on the popular tourist island,
approx. 60 kilometers from Denpasar. During periods of
volcanic activity, the authorities may introduce a
dynamic danger zone depending on the extent of the
activity. The embassy encourages Norwegians to follow
the advice and information given by local authorities.
Crime: The crime on a national basis
is relatively low, but common caution should be
exercised. In some areas of Bali, crime is significantly
higher. In Kuta, Bali, you are encouraged not to go out
alone in the evening.
In light of the corona epidemic and the difficult
economic situation, one should generally exercise extra
care to reduce the risk of being exposed to crime. The
embassy encourages Norwegians to follow the advice and
information given by local authorities.
Alcohol intake and methanol
poisoning: There have been several cases of
death due to ingestion of locally produced alcohol and
methanol poisoning. Most cases have been registered in
Java, Bali and Lombok. Locally produced palm spirits -
"arak" - often contain harmful amounts of methanol, and
this may also be the case for drinks and cocktails
offered at local bars and restaurants. Visitors to
Indonesia should therefore be cautious when buying and
There have been several cases of "spiking" of drinks
where victims are subjected to robbery or sexual abuse.
Particularly vulnerable are the Kuta area of Bali, and
the Gili Islands of Lombok where many tourists and
Corruption and prosecution:Indonesia
practices the death penalty for several types of crimes,
including drug offenses. Foreign nationals have also
been executed in recent years for drug offenses.
Corruption is a pervasive problem in the country, which
also includes the police and the judiciary.
It should be noted that libel and blasphemy
paragraphs in Indonesia are in active use and that
longer prison sentences are occurring. No one has been
acquitted of blasphemy for the past 30 years, while over
a hundred have been convicted.
In several regions, there is increasing negative
awareness around and persecution of sexual minorities.
Although there is currently no prohibition on sexual
acts between people of the same sex, there are still
actions especially against gays and transgender people
where police and local activists are behind.
Travel and traffic: Traffic,
especially in Jakarta and other major cities, is
demanding, and many foreigners choose to hire their own
driver. The country has left-hand traffic. If you choose
to drive yourself, you must have an international
driver's license. Taxiing is generally safe if you use
the large and reputable taxi companies. These have their
own counters at international airports and are given
special treatment at larger hotels and malls.
Indonesia has frequent flights and ferries between
the different islands. In Java you can also travel by
train. However, there have been several serious
accidents involving trains, ferries and aircraft, which
are often due to old equipment, poor maintenance and
inadequate safety routines. Different ferry companies
have very different security routines/standards and
travelers are advised to consider different options
online before purchasing tickets.
Swimming: Many people travel to
Indonesia to visit beautiful beaches. Please note that
some areas have very large waves and strong currents.
There are also very few qualified bodyguards available,
even at the busiest tourist beaches. Be careful about
bathing on beaches where there are big waves. Never
bathe in the dark, and never alone.
Areas with special security concerns: The
security situation in the provinces of Papua and Aceh is
more challenging than the rest of Indonesia. For travel
to these areas, one should examine the situation
especially before arrival, and exercise caution while
The security situation in Papua provinces is relatively
unstable. Demonstrations for increased self-government
or independence from Indonesia occur, these
demonstrations sometimes develop into violent clashes.
Travelers are asked to stay away from political
markings, demonstrations and large crowds. There are
regular meetings between security forces and the local
separatist movement. In the area near the Freeport mine
at Timika there are shooting episodes, there have also
been cases where foreigners have been kidnapped.
Parts of Papua provinces are tourist destinations,
and most trips to these areas are usually problematic.
For travel with tourist purposes outside Jayapura,
Sentani, Sorong, Manokwari and Biak, in some cases it
may be necessary to obtain a travel permit (Surat
Jalan). This is arranged locally with the police, a
local travel agency can usually help with this. When
traveling to Papua and West Papua where tourism is not
the purpose, one must have the permission of the police
before arrival. Journalists and other media
professionals should pay special attention to this. Due
to large distances and challenging infrastructure,
medical evacuation can be difficult and time-consuming.
The province of Aceh has an extensive degree of
self-government, which includes a local penal code based
on Sharia. Both police and private individuals will
report physical closeness between unmarried (both
heterosexual and gay), where homosexuality is punished
by up to 100 whips. Sales and consumption of alcohol and
gambling are prohibited, even for non-Muslims.
As a result of the coronavirus situation, Indonesian
authorities have imposed a temporary entry ban on all
foreigners from April 2. Only a few categories have
exceptions, such as people with residence permits
(carriers of Kitas and Kipas). The end date for the
provision is not set.
From April 24 to June 1, most commercial flights to
and from Indonesia are suspended. The same goes for
domestic flights. Similar suspension measures have been
introduced for passenger transport by boat and train,
but there may be regional differences.
It should be noted that, due to the corona situation,
Jakarta and a number of other cities and provinces have
imposed strict restrictions on local transport,
including cars and buses. In many places, roadblocks
manned by police or military will be set up. The
duration of the measures may vary regionally. The
embassy encourages Norwegians to follow the advice and
information given by local authorities.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if information on
entry regulations or visa requirements is changed at
short notice. It is the responsibility of the traveler
to ensure that travel documents are valid for entry and
to familiarize themselves with the current entry rules
for each country.
In practice, emergency passports cannot be used when
entering Indonesia. For travelers using travel documents
other than a regular passport, it is recommended that
you contact your nearest Indonesian Embassy well in
advance of your scheduled trip. It should be noted that
the wrong type of visa, for example. work or
journalistic activity in the country, in some cases may
result in the arrest of the police and fines,
imprisonment or deportation.
It is the traveler himself who is responsible for
ensuring that travel documents, visas etc. are valid.
Only the Jakarta Embassy has the authority to issue
passports/emergency passports. The consulates in Medan
and Bali can complete emergency passports, but the
processing time for this is considerable.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Indonesian
authorities have informed a number of confirmed cases
and deaths from coronaviruses. The likelihood of
infection is increasing and the opportunities for
testing are limited. If you become ill as a result of
coronavirus, the treatment options, including hospital
treatment, will be of a much lower standard than in
There is considerable uncertainty related to the
departure possibilities of scheduled flights. Indonesian
authorities have introduced a number of far-reaching
measures to reduce the spread of the virus, including
school closures, cancellation of events, restrictions on
public transport, closure of tourist attractions and
advice on avoiding public gatherings. Local authorities
have in some places introduced measures - such as
partially or completely road closures.
Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of how the
situation is developing. The situation can change
quickly. Follow local authorities' advice, guidance and
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Health care in Indonesia is generally not of a
standard that one is used to in Norway. Before
traveling, it is strongly recommended to check
information at the Institute of Public Health and
possibly the World Health Organization.
Many hospitals maintain a significantly lower
standard than in Norway. There can be a big difference
between public and private hospitals. In severe cases,
it is recommended to evacuate to Singapore, Kuala
Lumpur, Bangkok or Australia in many cases. Check with
your travel insurance about the rules and policies that
Take out insurance before you travel:
To cover expenses in the event of an accident, illness
or death, it is recommended to take out private travel
and health insurance before leaving. You should check
what is included to make sure it covers the type of
activities you plan to do as well as the period you plan
to travel. Good travel insurance will cover, among other
things, expenses related to injuries, accidents,
illness, home transport and death. Many hospitals will
require proof of travel insurance or financing before
Vaccines: See recommendations from
the National Institute of Public Health for vaccination
when traveling and staying in Indonesia.
Malaria occurs in parts of Indonesia, including the
provinces of Papua, West Papua, the Moluccas, the
Northern Moluccas and Nusa Tenggara. Malaria can also
occur in other areas of the country, but is not very
widespread in the major cities. Jakarta and Bali are
considered mainly free of malaria. You can read the
Public Health Institute's malaria guide on their
Dengue fever, chikungunya fever and zika fever can
occur throughout the country and it is recommended to
use mosquito protection, even during the day. See
information from the National Institute of Public Health
for advice to travelers to countries with cases of zika.
In March 2019, the Institute of Public Health reports
that Indonesia is on the list of countries at risk of
polio. You can read more about polio on the pages of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
In 2018, Indonesian authorities announced an ongoing
outbreak of diphtheria in the country and are advising
all travelers to vaccinate.
It is confirmed that there is a danger of rabies,
also in Bali. Deaths after rabies infection have
occurred. Visitors are generally encouraged to avoid any
direct contact with dogs, cats, monkeys and other
animals. In case of bites or scratches, it is
recommended to consult a doctor as soon as possible,
even if you are vaccinated.
Traveling with medicine: If you
bring prescription medicine to Indonesia, bring a copy
of the prescription. The prescription should match the
type and amount of medicine you are taking. Medicines
that are common and legal in Norway may be illegal in
Indonesia. If in doubt, it is recommended that you
contact the Indonesian Embassy in Oslo.
Climate and hygiene: Be prepared for
hot and humid climate. Use sunscreen with high sun
factor. The most common challenge for visitors is
stomach problems. Tap water should not be drunk. Only
drink bottled water and check that the seal on the
bottle is complete. Avoid ice cubes if in doubt if these
are made from bottled water. Avoid raw foods and be
careful with fish and meat that are not well cooked.
Poorly washed lettuce is also a common source of
disease. If you have a fever, it is recommended to see a
Possession of any drug is strictly prohibited and
severely punished. Drug offenses can result in the death
penalty and executions.
Indonesia's time difference extends over three time
zones, from GMT + 7 to GMT + 9. Jakarta is six hours
ahead of Norway in winter, but five hours when it is
summertime in Europe. Bali, which is even further east,
is another hour ahead of Norwegian time.
The current is 220 volts. The sockets are basically
like in Norway.
Emergency telephone to the police is 112.
International dialing code for Indonesia is + 62.
There are two nationwide mobile networks: Satelindo and
Telkom, but there are also many other telecommunications
companies with varying degrees of coverage.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted in most cities and
major tourist destinations, and can be used to withdraw
local currency from ATMs. Credit card fraud and bank
card skimming are unfortunately not uncommon.
Local currency is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Banknotes
have denominations of 1000 to 100,000 rupiah, coins of
100 to 1000. 100,000 IDR is about NOK 60. Updated course
can be found here.
The work week for, among other things, public offices
and banks is from Monday to Friday. On the street and
other public places, your clothes should cover your
shoulders and navel. What is good clothing varies widely
from place to place in the country.
It is forbidden to photograph military facilities and
Indonesian is an official language, but for many
Indonesians this is a second language in addition to
their local mother tongue. In some places, especially in
Bali and Jakarta, many also speak English.
Foreigners must be able to identify themselves on
request, especially on suspicion that the person is not
in the country as a tourist. Passports should therefore
During Ramadan, the Muslim part of the population is
fasting. Some restaurants and night spots have reduced
opening hours and serving hours during this period.
The Embassy recommends all travelers and resident
Norwegians in Indonesia to register on
The embassy has opening hours from 08: 30-16: 00 on
weekdays and can be reached by phone: +62 21 2965 0000
and email: [email protected]
Inquiries outside opening hours will be transferred
to the UD's operational center in Oslo, which is open 24
hours a day. They can also be reached at: Tel: +47 23 95
00 00 or by e-mail: [email protected],
The Bali Consulate is open 10am to 1pm Tuesday and
Thursday and can be reached by phone: +62 361 2822 23
and email: [email protected]