Formed of more than 17,500 islands, Indonesia promises a fascinating blend of people, culture and landscape; an ideal destination for those after a slice of diversity.
There’s so much to do in Indonesia: from climbing the Sendang Gile Waterfalls in Lombok and snorkelling among tropical fish and turtles off the Gili Islands, to trekking in search of Komodo Dragons in Flores. Round off your perfect day by soaking up the amazing sunsets on Seminyak beach in Bali, a sight that will take your breath away.
Indonesia is perfect for a multicentre holiday thanks to its sheer variety of sights and attractions. From beautiful beaches and historic temples to lush rice terraces, you’re sure to be left spellbound.
Tipping is not mandatory in Indonesia and nobody will be offended if you miss a chance to do so. However, with low salaries for many workers, a little extra will be very much appreciated. In restaurants, a tip of 10 percent is normal unless a service charge is already included on the bill. Tip hotel porters around 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah and round taxi fares up to the nearest note.
We recommend all travellers shoud be up to date with routine vaccinations. For full details, please contact your GP.
British Passport holders travelling to Indonesia no longer require a visa for tourist stays of up to 30 days if entering the country through 29 international airports including Bali, Lombok and Jakarta. If arriving through any other location, a visa must be purchased on arrival at a cost of US$35 per person. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Bali. Please contact the Indonesian Embassy for up to date country and visa information on 0207 499 7661.
The official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. You can buy them before you leave the UK, but you can only take 5,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah in and out of Indonesia; larger amounts must be declared, and more than 10,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah requires authorisation. You should have no problems exchanging major currencies like the UK Pound in the main tourist areas, but may find it more difficult elsewhere.
Major credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted in the main tourist areas. Cash machines are available in cities and larger towns; remember to let your bank know that you may withdraw cash in Indonesia. Traveller's cheques can be exchanged at banks and some hotels, although they are becoming less common these days. In more remote areas, it is always best to carry cash, preferably in smaller notes.