Indonesian Encyclopedia, Chapter 1 – Travel to Indonesia – ( Opening )

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Indonesian Encyclopedia

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Indonesia is a republic with an elected legislature and president. The nation’s capital city is Jakarta. Shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Malaysia, other neighboring countries include Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Palau and the indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Island.

Indonesia lies between latitudes 11 S and 6 N and longitudes 95 E and 141 E. It consists of more than 17.500 islands, with a total of coastal line of more than 6.360 km from sabang to merauke and has more than 1.120 ethnic groups. Indonesia’s  location on the edges of the pasific, eurasian and australian tectonic plates makes it the site of numerous volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. Indonesia has at least 150 active volcanoes including krakatoa and tambora, both famous for their devastating eruption in the 19 th century. Lying along the equator, Indonesia has a tropical climate with two distinct monsoonal wet and dry seasons. It’s an immeasurable riches with respect to marine tourism and cultural tourism. Not to mention the hills and mountains, nature tourism are widely spread.

Fast Facts

Distance To Archipelago :

  • London, United Kingdom to Jakarta : 6.557 miles ( 10.552 km )
  • Paris, France to Jakarta : 6.483 miles ( 10.432 km )
  • Rome, Itali to Jakarta : 6.038 miles ( 9.716 km )
  • Stockholm, Sweden to Jakarta : 5.812 miles ( 9.353 km )
  • Berlin, Germany to Jakarta : 5.979 miles ( 9.622 km )
  • Madrid, Spain to Jakarta : 6. 885 miles ( 11.079 km )
  • New York, USA to Jakarta : 9.400 miles ( 15.126 km )
  • Vancouver, Canada to Jakarta : 7.944 miles ( 12.783 km )

Currency :

The unit of currency is Indonesian Rupiah indicated as IDR

Business Hour :

Business offices are usually open either from 8.00 am – 4.00 pm or 9.00 am – 5. 00 pm, with a break for lunch between 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm. But on saturday many business offices are closed. Goverment office hours are from 8.00 am – 4.00 pm from monday tp friday, Saturday many goverment office are closed.

Post Office :

Open from 8.00 am – 4.00 pm daily except sunday and public holidays ( close )

Time :

Seven hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S Pasific Standard Time.

Electricity :

Voltage is 220 – 240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Voltage 110 – 130 volts AC are still use.

Weight and Measure

Indonesia follows the metric system in weight and measure

Telephones

Local calls can made from public phones using coin or pre paid cards. International calls can be made from public phones with card phone facillities or at any Telkom offices.

Accomodation

Indonesia has a wide range of accomodation at competitive rates. International standard. medium and budget hotels, youth hostels and timeshare apartemens are just some of the types of accomodation available. Privately operated motor homes are also available for rental.

Dos and Don’ts

When visiting Indonesia, visitors should observe local costoms and practices. Some common courtesies and customs are as follows :

  • Althought handshakes are generally acceptable for both men and women, some muslim ladies may acknowledge introductions to gentlement by merely nodding and smiling. A handshake should only be initiated by ladies. The traditional greeting or salam resembles a handshake with both hand but without the grasp
  • The man offer both hands, lightly touches his friend outstretched hands, and then brings his hands to his chest to mean ” I greet you from my heart “. The visitor should reciprocate the salam.
  • It is polite to call before visiting a home. Shoes must always be remove when entering home. Drinks are generally offered to guests. It is polite to accept.
  • The right hand is always used when eating with one’s hand or giving and receiving objects. The right forefinger is not to used to point a places, objects or persons. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with four finger folded under is the preferred usage.
  • Shoes must be removed when entering the places of worship such as mosques and tamples. Some mosques provide robes and scarves for female visitors
  • Taking photographs at places of worship is usually permitted but always permission beforehand

Visa on Arrival to Indonesia

In accordance with the regulation of ministry of law and human right of the republic of indonesia No. M. HH-03.GR-01.06 year 2010, citizens from 64 countries and 1 region are eligible for applying a visa on arrival ( VOA ). This visa can be obtained directly when you arrive at certain airport and seaport in indonesia, regardless of the purpose of your visit ( Business, Tourist, Social – Cultural ). Visa on arrival is neither a work visa nor a visit visa. Therfore, it can not be extended or converted into another immigration permit. The maximum stay permitted is 30 days and could be extended ( one time ) for maximum 30 days. The general requirement for visa on arrival are the applicant’s passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date entry. ( Fees up to 7 days : US$ 10 , Up to 30 days US$ 25 )

These countries may apply visa on arrival to Indonesia :

  1. Algeria
  2. Argentina
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Bahrain
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Cambodia
  10. Canada
  11. China
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czech Republic
  14. Chinese Taipei
  15. Denmark
  16. Egypt
  17. Estonia
  18. Fiji
  19. Finland
  20. France
  21. Germany
  22. Greece
  23. Hungary
  24. Iceland
  25. India
  26. Iran
  27. Ireland
  28. Italy
  29. Japan
  30. Kuwait
  31. Laos
  32. Latvia
  33. Libya
  34. Liechtenstein
  35. Lithuania
  36. Luxembourg
  37. Maldives
  38. Malta
  39. Mexico
  40. Monaco
  41. Netherlands
  42. New Zealand
  43. Norway
  44. Oman
  45. Panama
  46. Poland
  47. Portugal
  48. Qatar
  49. Republic of Korea
  50. Romania
  51. Russia
  52. Saudi Arabia
  53. Slovakia
  54. Slovenia
  55. South Africa
  56. Spain
  57. Suriname
  58. Sweden
  59. Switzerland
  60. Timor Leste
  61. Tunisia
  62. Turkey
  63. United Kingdom
  64. United States of America

Source :

Ministry Of Tourism and Creative Economy Republic of Indonesia

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