Happy to hear you will travel to Indonesia! Here some information that you need to know before go to Indonesia.
Know before you go
Best time to go
Dry season: May to September
Wet season: November to April
Unless you love a good tropical storm every day, the dry season is generally considered the best time to visit Indonesia. However, many Travelers take their holidays there during the wetter months of December and January.
Check the average rainfall and temperature for your dates and destination.
Official language: Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)
People working in hotels, airports, and service jobs in tourist areas generally speak English, but most Indonesians on the street will only know a few words. You may have trouble finding a taxi driver who can speak English. Have your destination written down so you can show them (literacy rates are high, so they should have no trouble reading it).
Indonesian is written in the same alphabet as English, so you’ll be able to read signs and place names.
Health and safety
Phone and internet
Global roaming and coverage
Your mobile phones should work in cities and towns using Indonesia’s GSM networks, but the global roaming costs (and in particular the data roaming costs) are likely to be astronomical.
Tip: Switch off data roaming on your phone before you leave home country. Likewise, switch off your voicemail and ask friends and family to text you rather than calling (you’ll be charged if you answer incoming calls).
Local SIMs are a much cheaper option if you can’t live without a phone and you don’t mind having a different number while you’re overseas. Indonesia’s main GSM carriers are Telkomsel (Simpati), Indosat, XL and 3.
You can buy a SIM pre-loaded with credit from a convenience store or kiosk – look for the word ‘pulsa’ (credit) on shop signs. Set-up is simple and doesn’t require ID or creating an account – simply pop the SIM into your phone and you’re good to go as long as your phone is unlocked. To top up your credit, look for that pulsa sign again, pay the vendor and give them your mobile number – they’ll send the credit to your phone.
Tip: 50,000 Rp of credit should be enough to last you a week or two, but if you use the internet or make international calls you’ll need to top up your pulsa more often.
An internet connection is fairly easy to find in tourist areas. Many coffee shops and hotels in Bali and Jakarta offer free Wi-Fi, although connection speeds may be slow. In rural areas, however, you’ll be lucky to get a phone signal, let alone access to the internet.
Instead of hunting for Free unsecure Wi-Fi connection, If you need Internet connectivity when in Indonesia, just rent a Mobile Wifi / Pocket Wifi / Travel Mifi for All Area in Indonesia. That will enable you connected to Internet without expensive data roaming charges and you will have your own personal Wi-Fi, secure & can connect up to 10 devices. The Best rental provider in town is JavaMifi. Support all area in Indonesia from Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Medan, Bandung, Lombok, Manado, and the others, JavaMifi will enable you to access the browsing site, use maps, find recommended restaurant, video call, chat, etc.
Standard voltage: 230V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Indonesia’s voltage and frequency usually same as your home country, which means you can use appliances safely without a power converter or transformer (ie. they won’t catch on fire or melt!).
Indonesia’s power sockets and plugs maybe different to your’s, so you will need a power adapter. Since the country uses two different types of socket, a universal adapter is recommended.
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (Rp IDR)
Check xe.com for the latest exchange rates.
Important: Tell your bank about your travel plans two weeks before you leave. Card activity in a foreign country could be mistaken for fraud and you could find your account frozen.
Credit cards and ATMs
Pack your credit card, but you’ll probably only be able to use it in the more high-end hotels, shops and restaurants. Most businesses prefer to deal in cash.
ATMs are common in towns and cities, and you’ll have no trouble finding them in Bali. When ATMs detect a foreign card, they’ll offer you the choice of instructions in English or Indonesian. Remember that you’ll be charged a foreign exchange fee and a withdrawal fee for every transaction – which can add up to as much as $20.
You’ll have no trouble finding money changers in tourist areas. Most will exchange US dollars, Australian dollars, Malaysia Ringgit, Singapore dollar, Euros and others for Indonesian Rupiah. Once you go off the beaten path, your options become more limited so you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of Rupiah already on you (hide it well).
Banks and official exchange outlets are your best bet. Avoid changing money at the airport – it’s unlikely you’ll get a good rate. Avoid changing money with shopkeepers – your chances of being fleeced are much higher.
Travellers’ cheques are becoming a thing of the past and you’ll have trouble finding many places in Indonesia that will cash them.
Travel insurance is essential – don’t leave it until the last minute. Buy insurance at the same time as you book your trip; that way you’ll be covered if you have to cancel for some reason before you go.
Emergency numbers (operators may not speak English):
Some of these numbers may not work if you’re calling from your home country mobile phone. Remember to insert the country code (+62) and the local area code (eg. 036 for Bali, 021 for Jakarta).
International emergency number: 112
Police: 110 / 112 (SMS 1717)
Ambulance and Rescue: 118
Medical emergencies: 119
Tourist Police (Bali): (0361) 754 599
Tourist Police (Jakarta): (021) 526 407