Indonesia Hotels and Tourism Information
Indonesia is an archipelago of over 17,000 islands with
a population of more than 200 million, scatterd over a
land area of some 2.02 million square kilometers. Lying
across a region of immense volcanic activity, Indonesia
has some 400 volcanoes, with at least 70 still active.
Bahasa Indonesia is the official language. English is
frequently used in commerce. The people are predominantly
Muslim, minority religious groups being Christians, Hindus
Introduced in 1983, the free visa facilities allow citizens
from 48 countries to enter Indonesia without having to
obtain a visa prior to arrival. The 48 countries are:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei
Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong SAR,
Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein,
Luxumburg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Morocco,
Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines,
Singapore, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom (Great Britain), United
Arab Emirates, United States of America, Venezuela, Yugoslavia
and Taiwanese holding MFA//M passports.
The facility also allows the eligible visitors to stay
in Indonesia for maximum of two months, to travel and
to attend conventions and seminars.
Although Indonesia is hot and humid throughout the year,
the official wet season runs from October to August and
is marked by heavy, short rainstorms after which the air
is fresher. Temperatures range from 21 to 33°C in the
lowlands. Higher altitudes enjoy cooler conditions.
Airport Tax and Transport
Passengers departing on international and domestic flights
have to pay Rp. 50,000 and Rp. 11,000 airport tax respectively.
Metered taxis are available only at Soekarno-Hatta International
Airport, Jakarta. At other major Indonesian airports,
taxis operate on a fixed rate basis.
From Jakarta airport, all taxi fares include a surcharge
of Rp. 2,300 and a highway toll of at least Rp. 4,000,
depending on destination. The surcharge does not apply
to trips to the airport, though the highway toll does.
In both directions, airport taxis offer a 25 percent discount
on the toll fee.
On entry to Indonesia, each adult is allowed to bring
in tax-free a maximum of one liter of alcoholic beverages
and 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco.
Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders,
binoculars and sport equipment are admitted provided they
are taken out of the country on departure. They must be
declared to Customs. Prohibited are firearms, narcotics,
pornography, Chinese printing and medicines, transceivers
and cordless telephones. Films, pre-recorded video tapes
and laser disks must be screened by the Censor Board.
There is no restriction on the movement of foreign currencies
or travellers checks in and out of the country. However,
the import and export of Indonesian hard currency exceeding
Rp. 5 million is prohibited.
Long-distance telephone calls within Indonesia are by
direct dialing. International Direct Dialing (IDD) is
available in all 26 provincial capitals and in more than
320 cities throughout the country. For the business travellers,
facsimile, telex and email services are available in most
hotels and at service outlets.
Exchange facilities for the main foreign currencies
are available in banks or at authorized moneychangers
in major cities of Indonesia. Rupiah comes in denominations
of 100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5000, 500 and 100
in bank notes, and 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 coins.
Indonesia is divided into three time zones. Western Indonesia
Time (Sumatra, Java, West and Central Kalimantan) is seven
hours ahead of GMT, Central Indonesia Time (Bali, South
and East Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara) is eight
hours ahead, and East Indonesia Time (Maluku and Irian
Jaya) is nine hours ahead.
50Hz at either 110 or 220 volts.
Most government offices are open from 8 am to 3 pm. On
Fridays, they close at 11:30 am. On Saturdays, they are
open until 2 or 3 pm.
Business offices open from 8 am or 9 am to 4 pm or 5 pm.
Some work half day on Saturdays. Banks open from 8 am
to 3 pm on weekdays. Banks are closed on Saturdays. Money-changers
open longer hours till the evening.