When to goTemperatures in Indonesia are between 25 and 35°C all year round, except in the highlands where they are cooler. Try not to travel during the monsoon period, between October and April, when the humidity level is around 75%. It's better to visit Indonesia during the dry season, from May to September.
For a trip to Indonesia of less than 30 days, entering through specific air and seaports, British citizens do not need a visa. If you request a visa from the Embassy it will be for 30 days and can be renewed once, for a further 30 days. If you decide you need a visa when you arrive you can get one at the airport which is also valid for 30 days. In this case you should join the "Visa on arrival" queue and will have to pay $35. This visa can be renewed for a further 30 days at any immigration office. For more information, consult the government's website.
Before a trip to Indonesia you should take out health and repatriation insurance. There is malaria in Indonesia so you should use mosquito repellent and wear clothes that protect you from insect bits. You should also take an anti-malaria treatment before, during and after your stay.
Make sure your DTP vaccination is up to date, and vaccinations against typhoid, and Hepatitis A and B are recommended.
Don't drink tap water. Use bottled water to avoid problems. You should also avoid eating raw fish or meat.
Finally, if you do have to go to hospital then choose a private one.
Airline ticketsThe average price of a return ticket from London to Jakarta is about £500. Of course, the price varies according to the airline and the time of year.
Time differenceThere are three time zones in Indonesia. So, depending on the region, the time is between 7 and 9 hours ahead of the UK. for example, in winter if it is noon in London it is 7 p.m. in Jakarta, 8 p.m. in Bali and 9 p.m. in Jayapura.
LanguageIndonesia's official language is Indonesian or Bahasa Indonesia.
UK Embassy in Indonesia
Jl. Patra Kuningan Raya Blok L5-6, Setiabudi, Daerah Khusus Ibukota
Embassy of Indonesia in the UK
, 38 Grosvenor Square,
London W1K 2HW
Police in Jakarta : +62 21 523 43 33
Police in Bali : 911
Phone and internet connection
The international telephone code for Indonesia is +62 To keep your communication costs low I recommend buying a prepaid card from a telephone shop.
In big cities and tourist sites, or if you are staying in a big hotel, you shouldn't have too much trouble getting an internet connection, On the other hand in the small villages it will be difficult, if not impossible, to connect to the internet.