Indonesia

Indonesia is a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands. It is a home to numerous ethnic groups, speaking many various languages. Indonesia is a vacation paradise, it is widely known for its white sand beaches, Komodo dragons, volcanoes, colorful reefs and astonishing flora and fauna. No matter how much time you devoted for a vacation to this marvelous country, it isn’t going to be enough. Nevertheless, it is encompassing around 17 000 islands! If you want to enjoy picturesque beaches, you’d make a right choice going to Gili, Bali, Lombok, Banyak or Bintan. If you are a surfing fan, it’s worth to go to Bali, southeast of Java, Lombok or Sumbawa. The ideal places to discover active or dormant volcanoes are Java island or Lombok. Among the most visited tourist’s sites in the country are: Borobodur – Buddhist complex of temples, well known for a large number of installed Buddha statues, which amount is exceeding 500. Jalan Mokey Forest – the unrealistic density of monkeys are literally amazing the imagination in this wonderful place. Tora island – region in the mountains, home of the Toraja people. They are famous for its unusual ceremonies and massive peaked – roof houses. Tanjung Puting – fantastic national park, located in the heart of the Borneo island. It is number one destination for eco-tourism. Many endangered species can be found in these jungles. Generally, the main areas frequently visited by tourists are highly secured by the police, because tourism is one of the main budget funding sources of the country. However, there are some areas where visits are not recommended. Central Sulawesi, Papua, and West Papua provinces are potentially dangerous for visiting. Regular clashes take place between the police and armed groups in these regions. Due to ongoing violence, there is needed a special permission for visiting sensitive areas. If possible SafeAround advises reconsidering traveling to these parts of the country. If you do so, make sure to exercise extra safety precautions.

SAFETY INDEX

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Indonesia is on the 72nd place of the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. Be aware of the ongoing terrorist threat in the region. (There’s been attacks in Starbucks, police stations and other locations visited by tourist’s in recent years) From July to October there is a smoke haze (due to the burning of forests) on the northwest part of the country, thus people with asthma and other allergic illnesses might take it into account before planning a trip. Indonesia is infamously known for a range of crimes. The most common are thefts of a different kind in the areas that often visited by Westerners. Pick-pocketing, armed carjacking, and residential break-ins are common. Beware of your surroundings, criminal might follow you. Areas of concern in Jakarta: Block M in the South of the city. The area where a large number of expatriates live. Notoriously known for nightclubs where drink spiking takes place, prostitution, drugs, and other criminal activity. If there is need to visit this area be particularly vigilant. The Ancol Port area and other neighborhoods in North of the city. Has the highest crime rate among other districts. Poorly known for a divert illegal activity. Prostitution is blooming there, provoking often police raids in the local establishments. This is the list of bars and pubs who have a poor reputation and might be dicey for visitors: Alexis, Colosseum, Crown, Illigals, Malioboro, Millie’s International, Paragon Club, Stadium Lounge, Sun City, and V2 Karaoke. For more information, see the full article about the safety in Jakarta. If you traveling to Bali, and want to discover unsafe areas, check the article about safety in Bali. Other areas of concern: Piracy occurs in the coastal areas around Indonesia. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. Rabies might be a threat in Indonesia, consider that being in the places with a high density of animals. Do not provoke animals for aggression.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Indonesia has a relatively moderate safety risk – some parts are very safe, others are very dangerous. It is ranked 72nd out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

As a frequently visited tourist destination, the risks of petty crimes exist. Pick-pocketing might be a problem, though using common sense and following high degree of cautions, will almost eliminate chances of being robbed. Vigilance in all public place is recommended.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Muggings can occur, be aware of any suspicious activity, use only reputable taxi services and refrain if possible from traveling both by car or a taxi during the night. Kidnapping is rare. There are known cases when pirates kidnap fishermen’s in the coastal areas around the Indonesia. Exercise high safety precautions travelling by water.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Credit cards frauds are the number one fear of every tourist. In order to prevent being a victim, keep an eye on your credit card while doing the transactions. In a case of the necessity to withdraw the money, use those ATM’s which is located in the bank or shopping malls. All forms of gambling are illegal according to the local laws. Do not participate in any kind of gambling activity, as it may cause serious losses.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

The Maritime transport system is very developed and its condition and safety regulations significantly better than in the neighborhood countries. The main maritime carrier is Pelni. On their website you can purchase tickets to make your trip faster, safer and more convenient: https://www.pelni.co.id/. However in general safety standards are lower in Indonesia than in the US or any other European country, thus use the services of reputable companies. The inland transport is in a wide variety. Most used by tourist’s types of transport are buses, becak (trishaws) and ojek (moto-taxi). Book a taxi only by phone, or online services. Double check that your taxi is official and has a meter. Most common examples of a crime involving taxis are: Taxis leave before you retrieved the luggage from the trunk; Taxi drivers force passengers to withdraw money from credit cards at ATMs. Renting a car or a motorcycle, be aware that road conditions and drivers behavior on the road differ significantly from those you are used to. Traffic is highly congested and drivers drive unpredictably and in an unsafe manner.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Volcanic activity, tsunamis, and earthquakes are among main natural hazards. Monitor local warnings and follow local instructions. See Additional Information.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

The probability of the terroristic attack is high. Exercise the high level of caution. Since 2010, the local authorities disrupted plans of the terrorist attacks in the following areas: Bali, Banten, West Nusa Tenggara, Jakarta, Lampung, East Java, Central Java.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Sexual assault is a threat in Indonesia. Female newcomers should exercise a high level of caution. Avoid visiting bars and clubs unaccompanied. Drink spiking was used in the most cases of assaults.

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Useful Information

If you are a United States citizen and you intend to spend less than 30 days in the country, you do not require a visa. Be sure that your passport valid for at least 6 months. Visa can be extended locally if you’ll intend to stay for more than 30 days.
The rupiah is the official currency of Indonesia. Withdrawing money from the ATM using your credit or debit card may be a good option to exchange money with a profitable exchange rate. Be vigilant in currency exchange kiosks, as there is might be hidden commission. Ask in advance how much money you will receive in exchange, before making the operation.
The best time to visit Indonesia is a dry season from May to October. The peak season is August.
For local flights, you can pick up one of the following airlines: Air Asia, Garuda Indonesia, Batavia Air, Lion Air. The busiest airport in Indonesia is Soekarno–Hatta International Airport. To find out more about this airport you can on its official website – http://soekarnohatta-airport.co.id
As in any country, we advise travellers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical issues but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.