Warnings & Dangers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Volcanic activity, tsunamis, and earthquakes are among main natural hazards. Monitor local warnings and follow local instructions. See Additional Information.
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.
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.