Indonesia is a truly remarkable country, and to ensure you get only the best out of your trip to Jakarta and other parts of Indonesia, we highly recommend reading the following information. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski is now supported by International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. During your stay at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, should you need any medical advice, please call the Operator at ext. 0.
Before you go:
- See your doctor and dentist and ensure you are in the best of health before you leave.
- Check if your routine vaccinations are up to date.
- Arrange a copy of your personal health record to carry when you travel. Include copies of your medication prescriptions.
- Take any medicines you require in their original packaging, including any information leaflets, with them clearly labelled with your matching passport name and your doctor’s name. Bring enough medicines to cover the trip, and extra in case of delays, with no more than a 30-day supply.
- Please be advised that narcotics and psychotropic drugs are strictly prohibited by the Government of Republic of Indonesia and may result in severe penalties (including the death penalty).
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.
- Cholera: oral vaccination is recommended for travellers. Vaccination is not 100% protective, and hygiene, food and water precautions must still be taken.
- 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 A: recommended for all travellers.
- Hepatitis B: recommended for all travellers.
- Rabies: for travellers and children 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 animals.
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR): two doses recommended for all travellers born after 1956, if not previously given.
- Tetanus-diphtheria: revaccination recommended every ten years.
- Malaria medication: there is no malaria in the cities of Jakarta and Bali. However, if visiting malarial areas, take chemoprophylaxis a week or more beforehand, as malaria in the country is resistant to the medication chloroquine.
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
- Tap water inside Hotel Indonesia Kempinski is filtered so it is safe to drink. However, it is not safe to drink tap water outside the hotel. To avoid the typical risk of travellers’ diarrhoea, we advise you to always drink bottled water or carbonated beverages, provided that the seal is intact. Avoid eating or drinking anything offered by street vendors, including ice cream or ice cubes, which can be made from unsafe water.
- To avoid risks from mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, Japanese encephalitis, Zika or chikungunya, it is important to regularly apply DEET-based insect repellent every four hours, especially when travelling outdoors.
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 Indonesian 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.kemlu.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
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