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Indonesia Travel Requirements

Money Matters

The Indonesian currency unit is called the Rupiah (Rp). Notes are issued in the values of Rp500, Rp5,000 and Rp10,000. Coins of Rp5, Rp10, Rp25, Rp50 and Rp100.
When changing large amounts, banks usually give Rp10,000 notes, but changing these in the provinces may be troublesome. If you are heading for the outer islands, take Rp1,000 and Rp5,000 notes instead. Always keep your exchange receipts, so that you can exchange your rupiah for foreign currencies upon leaving the country. The US dollar is the most readily accepted currency.

Getting There
The only airline operating domestic routes is Garuda. It has several flights daily from Jakarta to such destinations as Bali, Medan, Ujung Pandang, Manado and Yogyakarta. There are also shuttle flights to Surabaya and Semarang daily.

Getting Around
Becaks: A becak (pronounced baychahk) is a tricycle pedaled by a man who normally sits behind the passenger. Becaks seat between one and two people and are found in the cities and towns in Java. They have been used for over 40 years but are slowly disappearing as motor transport takes over. Be sure to bargain with the driver before beginning your journey.

Buses: There is an extensive bus network in Indonesia, especially useful where there is no rail service. The roads are being improved, and more modern buses are being introduced.

Car Rentals: There are a number of car rental agencies in Jakarta. Driving is on the left side of the road. Chauffeur-driven cars are also available, with different rates for in-town and out-of-town use. Motorcycles are also available for rent. An ojek is a motorbike hired with a driver. Ojeks can be hired by the hour or day or for individual trips.

Trains: Rail services are only available throughout Java and part of Sumatra around Padang, West Sumatra, Medan in North Sumatra, South Sumatra and Lampung. The most comfortable trains are the air-conditioned "Bima" (sleeper) and "Mutiara" trains. Both these trains travel at night.

Ships: Shipping is very important in Indonesia since the country is an island nation. Water travel is the best way to explore the islands of Indonesia. The state-owned Pelni is the biggest shipping line, with services almost everywhere. There are regular schedules; the main base is at Jakarta.

Duty-Free Items: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars and 2 pounds of tobacco, cameras and a reasonable amount of film, 2 liters of alcohol and a reasonable amount of perfume for personal use.

Passports and Visas
All visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least six months after arrival. Visas have been waived for nationals of some Western countries for a stay of up to two months and for registered delegates attending a conference that has received official approval.
Each visitor is required to pay an airport tax of Rp50,000 for international departures and between Rp11,000 for domestic flights (infants under 2 are exempt).
Yellow fever vaccination is required if you arrive within six days of leaving or passing through an infected area.


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