Jakarta

Being the capital of the country, where first of all people go to enjoy the white sandy beaches, diving, and surfing, the capital’s attendance is not that high. Tourists normally stop in Jakarta as a transfer point, just for a couple of days in order to check out the city, or for business purposes. Generally, the city is very polluted and the traffic jams might be horrendous, however, the city is filled with a vibrant nightlife and enormous shopping areas. Despite the fact that this city during many years has been under Portuguese, British and at the end by the Holland influence, the only left cultural legacy is the Port area cold Kota or how it’s also calling Old City, with the Dutch style buildings. This ancient quarter gives a snapshot of how the landscape of the city looked like before the modern buildings moved in. Among other areas interesting to discover while your visit is Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Astonishing Indonesia Miniature Park), Jakarta History Museum, Maritime museum and pop into Sea World Indonesia in order to observe the amazing feeding shows.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Jakarta is an overall safe city. With a rating of 54.1%, it is ranked 103rd on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

As a city with a high touristic flow, pickpocket risks are high. A few simple precautions will minimize any chances of being robbed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Jakarta is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Be aware of fake Arak (traditional Balinese spirit). It might be dangerous for your health as instead of alcohol, methanol is used for saving costs. Never use taxi services offered by touts. A probability of scams with credit cards is high in Jakarta as anywhere else in Indonesia. Widely known that criminals which use electronic “skimming” steal credit card credentials and pin code at some ATM’s.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Surprisingly, taxi drivers are very nice and polite.  However, there are unfair drivers that do not use meters. In order to avoid to be ripped off by the taxi driver use only official and reputable services, which use meters. Public transport in Jakarta is safe, however unreliable, usually overcrowded, thus widely targeted by pickpockets. Traveling in the open waters be aware of pirates. It is a concern in South-East Asian waters and precisely in the Straits of Malacca. While traveling by boat, passenger limits are not always observed.  Avoid any ferry or boat you feel to be overloaded.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

The potentiality of earthquakes and tsunamis is high, because of the location specificity of Indonesia. The eruption of the volcanoes might be a threat. We advise observing the latest updates on the Indonesian Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Mitigations.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Terrorism is considered as a worldwide threat. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time. Local authorities continue to arrest suspects of attack planning.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Jakarta not so safe women travelers, so use common sense and avoid suspiciously looking places.

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WHAT TO DO?

Old Town, Sunda Kelapa Harbour

Both of this places have a strong cultural value, unfortunately, many of the buildings are not well preserved. The area around Old Town covers very interesting places to visit, such as Museum of Fine Art, Puppet Museum, and The Jakarta History Museum. The area is safe, however big flow of tourists attracts pickpockets and scammers.

Menteng

The prestigious neighborhood with the oldest and most expensive mansions in the country. It’s well known for proximity to the business district and popularity among political officials and business elite. Many houses are considered as a cultural legacy, thus a stroll around observing the unique façade will be an interesting adventure. The safety level in the area is very high.

Ciliwung

Jakarta’s biggest slum. Poverty provokes the social instability resulting in crimes. The potential risks in this area are high than in the rest parts of the city. SafeAround advises refraining from visiting this area, both during the day or night.

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. Also, the good option will be visiting with friends or those you know well.

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.
We meticulously compiled 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. SafeAround recommends avoiding these establishments.

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.