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Travel Advice Information

Travel advice information is preparation before traveling to Indonesia alike Visa, Medication, Voltage, Water, Health, Vaccinations and Insurances info.

Preparation and the Journey

Visa to Visit Indonesia
The Department of Justice and Human Rights has officially determined that as of August 2005:
Indonesia Government had granted visa on arrival favor to 52 countries to be able to purchase the visa on arrival facility upon their arrival in Indonesia’s designed “International Gateway” at 15 airports and 21 seaports.
They are:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Laos, Monaco, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, RRC, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Surinam, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, The Netherland, United Arab Emirate, United Kingdom, United States of America.

And started per 28 May 2007, Indonesia will be added its Visa on Arrival (VOA) favors to more 11 countries joined with previous 52 other favored countries according to the Directorate General of Immigration recent released paper. The 11 countries are Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia. Tourists from those selected countries will not oblige to apply abroad for a visa but can purchase a visa on arrival at 15 gates of Indonesia’s international airports and seaports. The fee for this visa, payable upon landing, is US$10 for a 7 day visa and US$25 for a 30-day visa( for updating VOA, please contact the nearest Indonesia embassy in your home country) The official entry requirements for the issuance of a 30 or 7 days day visa-on arrival:

1.Passport must be from one of the countries listed above.
2.Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the date of entry into Indonesia.
3.Payment of US$10 or US$25 must be paid at the gateway, depending on the length of visa required.
4.Onward or return tickets are compulsory.
5.Visitors must enter and exit through one of the 15 airports or 21 seaports officially approved as an “international gateway” by the Indonesian Immigration department.

11 countries and territories are eligible for a “Visa Free” facility. Those holding valid passports from the following countries will be granted a non-extendable 30-day Visa-Free Short Visit Permit upon arrival at an Indonesian international gateway without charge:
1.Brunei Darussalam
2.Chile
3.Hong Kong SAR
4.Macau SAR
5.Malaysia
6.Morocco
7.Peru
8.Philippines
9.Thailand
10.Vietnam
11.Singapore
Others nationals that not granted with either visa on arrival favor nor visa free favor from Indonesia government may apply for tourist visa at Indonesia embassy abroad.

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Travel Advice Information

Insurances
Travel insurance is always advisable Keep the insurance policy in good custody, because in case of damage, you need this paper. It is advisable to buy cancellation insurance at the time you book the trip.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are no longer obligatory. It is advised to consult your Health service or general practitioner ample time before departure. For your own safety you are advised to become vaccinated against: Typhus An intestinal infection. The vaccination is given in two doses, with a time lap of a month and is active during ca. 3 years. Besides vaccination it is also possible to build immunization by a cure of three capsules.

DTP
DTP vaccination (diphtheria, tetanus, polio). It is important to be guarded against polio, because this infection has a severe course in adulthood. Vaccination is valid for 15 years. Advised is to renew vaccination every 5 till 10 years, and after injuries (tetanus)

Hepatitis A
Gammaglobuline against infectious hepatitis. Infectious hepatitis is a virus infect of the liver that spreads mostly by ways of infested food and water. Depending on the given amount, injection of gammaglobuline gives 3 till 6 month protection. Since a few years is available: the vaccine Havrix that will give a 10 years protection.

Where to get vaccinations
Vaccination can be done by your Health Service or tropic-departments of big hospitals or by your own general practitioner Malaria. Malaria is spread by infected mosquitoes. For prevention of malaria several kinds of malaria tablets are prescribed that have to be taken until 4 weeks after return from your journey. In Indonesia you can find in time treatment for a disease like malaria, especially in the tourist areas. Don’t treat yourself, but let a doctor check by blood examination which treatment must be given. Do you travel with children or on your own to isolate territories, ask your doctor if additional measures have to been taken.

Cholera
Vaccination against cholera is not advisable, because the available vaccine gives a very low protection and because there is little risk for cholera for tourists. Nevertheless, always be careful with food, especially shellfish and fish. These always have to be cooked thoroughly.

Water
Never drinks uncooked water from the tap! Always drink boiled water or water in sealed bottles.

Medication
In case you use medicines, bring enough with you, for example in your hand-luggage.
It is wise to take with you medicines against:
Diarrhea
Obstipation
Fever
Insect-bites and
Perhaps travel-sickness
Further plaster, jodium,
ORS (oral dehydration solution) in case of excessive fluid loss (by diarrhea stools)
Bouillon
Sun-protection-oil
Crème for lips
And vitamin-tablets for long journeys
Ask your pharmacist for a so called “medicine-passport” if you use medicines or medicines by injection. Ask also for the keeping qualities under the circumstances of your travel.

Information
Information about health in the tropics can be found in publications from the Royal Dutch Institute for the Tropics: Website: www.kit.nl

Health
You better adapt to your new day and night rhythm immediately at the beginning of the journey. It takes about a day to get accustomed to an hour time difference. To adapt your rhythm to the surroundings, it is a good guidance to follow the Indonesian habits. This means getting up early to use the coolness of the morning, to rest in the afternoon and to go to bed in the evening in time.

Luggage
The allowed free luggage is 20 kg pro person. Pro person of 21 years and older 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100-gram tobacco and 2 liter alcoholic drinks may be imported. In Singapore and Malaysia there is capital punishment on carrying addictive drugs like heroin with you.

Airport tax
Airport tax is sometimes included within the ticket price. In case it is not inclusive, airport tax has to been paid on the spot.

The journey
means of payment
the monetary-unit is the rupiah (Rp.). You can collect money from the automatic bank automates (ATM) with your bank pass. Bank automates are in the cities and major villages. In bigger hotels, restaurants and shops credit cards are accepted.

Prices
In larger stores are fixed prices, but in small stores bargaining is usual. This is particular true on the market, or for a short ride in a Becak. Bargaining is a very deep settled custom in Indonesia. You soon pay too much if you refrain from it.

Tips
Giving gratuities are a matter of common and good customs.

Stomach or intestinal disease
In case you get stomach or intestinal diseases. This can occur because of the traveling itself, the time difference, or the change of temperature, humidity and food.
To lower the chance for intestinal disease your are advised:
Never drink water from the tap
Not drink too many cold drinks the first days
Never take drinks with ice cubes, if you want cold drinks, ask bottles from the refrigerator
Drink soft drinks and mineral water only from bottles
Not eat ice from street-carts
Sunburn
The sun radiance in the tropics is much stronger than we are used to. Very soon there is danger of sunburn. A hat, sunglasses and sun protection-oil are no luxuries!

Clothing
Advised are cotton summer clothes. Cotton textiles are important because they take transpiration fluid easily.

Post
Letters from Indonesia by airmail take about a week. In luxury hotels you can arrange your post affairs on the hotel counter.

Other information – Time difference
Indonesia has three time zones!
On Java and Sumatra it is 6 hours time difference (later than) from the Netherlands and 12 hours time difference (later than) from Washington D.C.
On Kalimantan, Sulawesi and the Small Sunda Islands it is 7 hours time difference from the Netherlands (13 hours from Washington D.C.) and on the Moluccas and Irian Jaya 8 hours time difference from the Netherlands and 14 from Washington D.C.
In case of summer Daylight Saving-Time at home, the time difference is an hour less.

Telephone
The entrance number towards Indonesia is 00-62-. In Indonesia you can call automatic international in the Wartel (telephone shops) by dialing 00-, then your country number (-31 for the Netherlands, -01 for US), then the net number without 0 and then the phone number. GSM or Mobile phone can be used in all over Indonesia. Major service providers are: Telkomsel, Satelindo and XL Ritel. Look for signs and banners with those markings.

Aperture times
Businesses: 8.30-16.00 (mon till fri);
8.30-12.00 sat).
Shops: 8.0020.00 (mon till sat;
9.00-19.00 (sun) warehouses.
Banks: minimal from 9.00-14.30 (mon till fri), 9.00-12.00 (sat).
Government: 8.30-15.00 (mon till thu); 8.30-~2.00 (fri, sat).
Post offices: 8.00-13.00 (mon till thu); 8.00-11.00 (fri, sat).

Voltage
In hotels 220 V current is used.

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