The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will be required only if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone (primarily some parts of Africa and South America) within six days of entering Southeast Asia.
- Hepatitis A: recommended for all travellers.
- Typhoid: for travellers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels.
- Polio: one-time booster recommended for any adult traveller who completed the childhood series but never had a polio vaccine as an adult.
- Yellow fever: required for all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas. Not recommended otherwise.
- Japanese encephalitis: for travellers who may spend a month or more in rural areas and for short-term travellers who may spend substantial time outdoors in rural areas, especially after dusk.
- Hepatitis B: recommended for all travellers.
- Rabies: for travellers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk from animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR): two doses recommended for all travellers born after 1956, if not previously given.
- Tetanus-diphtheria: revaccination recommended every ten years.
Recommended items for a convenient personal medical kit:
- Antibacterial cream
- Antihistamine – there are many options
- Antiseptic (e.g. Betadine)
- DEET-based insect repellent
- First-aid items such as scissors, bandages, thermometer (but not a mercury one) and tweezers
- Ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory
- Steroid cream for allergic/itchy rashes (e.g. 1% to 2% hydrocortisone)
- Sunscreen and hat
- Throat lozenges
- Thrush (vaginal yeast infection) treatment
The main visa options for visitors to Indonesia are:
- Visa in Advance Visitors can apply for a visa before they arrive in Indonesia. Typically, this is a visitor’s visa, which comes in two types: 30 or 60 days. Details vary by country; contact your nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate to determine processing fees and times.
- Visa on Arrival Citizens of over 65 countries may apply for a 30-day visa when they arrive at major airports and harbours (but not most land borders). The cost is USD 35; be sure to have the exact amount in US currency. Eligible countries include Australia, Canada, much – but not all – of the EU, including France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK, plus New Zealand and the USA.
- Free Tourist Visa Free tourist short-stay visas for 30 days are granted to tourists from 12 countries, namely from Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, Chile, Ecuador, Morocco and Peru.
- VISA Application at Indonesia Embassies or Consulates Visitors from other countries must apply for a visa at Indonesian embassies or consulates in their home country. In addition, the visa cannot be replaced with any other immigration letters. The visa will then be issued by a visa officer in the presence of the applicant concerned.
You may find the contact details of Indonesian embassies and consulates on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website using the following direct link: www.deplu.go.id
Maximum number of items allowed by customs when you visit Indonesia:
- 1 litre of alcoholic beverages
- 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 100 grams of tobacco
- Reasonable amount of perfume per adult, meaning if you arrive drenched in perfume, customs will probably not mind if you carry loads of bottles.
- Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders, binoculars and sports equipment are admitted, provided they are taken out on departure. They must be declared to customs.
You are prohibited from carrying:
- Narcotic drugs
- Pornographic materials
- Chinese printing and medicines
- Transceivers and cordless telephones
- Films, pre-recorded video tapes, laser discs, VCDs and DVDs must be screened by the Film Censorship Board.
- The Import and export of foreign currencies and traveller’s cheques are allowed. However, the import and export of Indonesian currency exceeding IDR 100 million are prohibited.
For further information on customs and taxes in Indonesia, go to: www.beacukai.go.id