The currency used in Indonesia is Rupiah (IDR). Most credit card networks are widely accepted in Jarkata and major tourist destinations. However, do carry sufficient cash for smaller purchases especially in rural areas. ATMs can be found at the airport or in larger cities.

 

Moneychangers can be found in most popular tourist destinations, but beware of street moneychangers who may be trying to scam you.

 

If you are undecided on your travel insurance for Indonesia, use GoBear’s comparison tool to choose one that fits your budget and needs.

Medical services

For medical emergencies, call 119 to get medical assistance. Hospitals in Indonesia are generally equipped to treat minor injury and illnesses however standards decrease in rural part of the country.

 

For major surgeries, you will need to be evacuated out of the country for treatment. So do make sure your travel insurance for Indonesia is able to cover medical evacuation.

 

In addition, you may consider getting an international health insurance to cover overseas medical expenses. For long term prescribed drugs, do bring extra quantity in case of theft or loss as some drugs may be difficult to get in Indonesia.

Telecommunications

To stay connected, tourist can purchase prepaid SIM cards from leading telecom providers with data plans that cost approximately S$20 for 3.5GB of data. Mobile networks provide coverage across Indonesia, however service can be limited in rural areas.

 

Wi-Fi can be found in hotels in most cities other than rural areas. Tourist can also find internet cafes in Indonesia.

Electricity and water

  • Electrical guide - Indonesia uses Type C and F plugs with a standard voltage of 230V. Hence Singaporean travellers will need to bring along a travel adapter, which can be purchased at the airport or all leading appliance shops.
  • Drinking water - Water in Indonesia should be boiled or sterilised before use and consumption. Tourist may prefer to buy bottled water from convenience shops.  

Passport and visa

No Visa is required for Singapore passport holders planning to travel to Indonesia for up to 30 days. However, do ensure that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity from the expected date of return. Passport renewals can be done online on the ICA website.

Other than getting a travel insurance for Indonesia, here is a list of things to prepare and take note of before flying.

Things to do

There will never be a dull moment in Indonesia. Enjoy Indonesia’s nature with a dive in the Bunaken National Park and swim amongst the most pristine corals in the world or sweat it out with a hike up one of its active volcanoes, Mount Bromo. Be sure to check if the activities you are planning to do is covered by your travel insurance for Indonesia.

 

For a more relaxing trip, chill on the white beaches of the Gili Islands or experience Indonesia’s tribal culture with a visit to Torajaland to interact with the locals.

 

For the best shopping experience, Jakarta is the place to be. Malls are stocked with many local and international brands.

Food

Food in Indonesia features the use of many spices and has influence from China, Portugal, Netherlands and even Spain. Rice is a staple in most parts of the country. Food is really affordable here, and you will be able to buy food on the street with about 20,000 Rp. However, do take note of hygiene when eating at street side stalls.

 

Some famous dishes include Rijstaffel (a dish which serves a variety of meats, vegetables and curries), Ayam Goreng (fried chicken with rice), Gado-Gado (a Javan salad with peanut and coconut milk sauce) and its famous roast pig, Babi-guling. Tipping is not a culture there but service charges apply.

 

Languages

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language in Indonesia. Malays in Singapore will be able to communicate comfortably with the locals. Non-Malay speakers need not worry because in most tourist destination, some locals are able to understand basic English.

 

Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, ranging from Sabang in Aceh to Merauke in Papua, which is made up of more than 18,000 islands. Indonesia is also extremely culturally diverse, with more than 320 spoken languages.

 

Indonesia is also a predominantly Muslim nation, so travellers should be mindful of that and respects its practices.

 

The tropical climate varies across the country. The weather between June and September is the driest while from December to March there are high levels of rainfall. While the peak tourist season is between June and August, the best travelling period is in the shoulder seasons, where there are fewer crowds, comfortable weather and better rates for tourist attractions.

 

There are many active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes; so be sure to take note of safety evacuation plans and make sure your travel insurance for Indonesia covers damages or medical claims because of natural disasters.

Safety and security

Tourist scams, theft and terrorism threats are common in Indonesia. Want a peace of mind when travelling? Get protected with a travel insurance for Indonesia to cover anything that could go wrong when overseas! With GoBear, you can compare across all leading providers at one glance, and choose the best Indonesia travel insurance.

 

GoBear has specially curated a list of essential information for travels to Indonesia.

 

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