Practical Information in Asia

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Enjoy Your Visit to the Tropical Islands of Indonesia

As one of the countries in Southeast Asia, Indonesia practical information is vital if you plan to visit this vibrant Island country. With a population of about 230 million, Indonesia has about 300 ethnic groups. This explains the diverse and rich culture tourists can enjoy during their visits. Since it is an archipelago, it can offer you an incredibly unique biota where you can encounter rare species of plants and animals.

Visa and Passports

The country requires a valid Visa, passport and a return ticket upon entry. You should also have an International Certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination if coming from an infected area. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months. Indonesian Law fines tourists who stay beyond their VISA approval with $20 per day. The government can enforce imprisonment and higher fines if you stay longer than allowed by your VISA.

Language Spoken

The 6,000 inhabited islands have 742 languages spoken. They have one national language though, which is Indonesian. This is also the medium of instruction in schools.  Majority of the ethnic groups speak Indonesian, with Javanese as the second most used dialect. Since there are English language learning schools, more and more people are acquiring English as an additional language. It would help though to carry a pocket-sized dictionary with you.

Local Currency

The local currency in Indonesia is the Rupiah (Rp) or locally called “perak.” One dollar is equivalent to 10,000 Rupiah. You can easily convert your Dollars into cash at the airport or at legitimate money-changer establishments. Transact business with legitimate moneychangers only and count your money at the counter before leaving.

Climate and Clothing

Bring with you light, summer clothes, as Indonesia is a tropical country. There are only two seasons, the wet and dry seasons. Tourists are discouraged to visit during the rainy season in the months of mid-May up to early part of October because of monsoon rains and typhoons. During the dry season, the heat can be unbearable at times though from March to June. The transition of wet to dry season during the months of October to February is the best months because of the controlled temperature, which is lower than the usual 26 to 30 degrees Celsius or 79 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Safety Concerns

Just like in any other foreign country, you should observe caution in going out alone. Opt for a group tour or stay with a trusted local guide. Beware of hiring motorcycles for there are reported cases of motorcycle robberies. Do not transact business other than the legitimate offices licensed by the local government. Before hiring a car or taxi, negotiate for the price first.

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