Normally before booking a trip we look at the requirements to travel to a country to see if we can meet them. If you are thinking about your next vacation and you have chosen the country of the 17,000 islands, this interests you. We tell you the requirements to travel to Indonesia that you will have to meet yes or yes and we give you some tips and practical information when preparing your trip.
Requirements for traveling to Indonesia
First of all, you should know that one of the requirements to travel to Indonesia is to have a passport with at least six months of validity. If you comply with this, now you can buy your plane ticket!
Do I need a visa to travel to Indonesia? It is one of the most frequently asked questions when preparing a trip to this Southeast Asian country. In the case, the answer depends on the main factor: the days that you will be in the country.
- 30 days or less: free visa . You will need a departure plane ticket, although they do not always ask for it.
- Up to 60 days: visa on arrival
The visa on arrival is the perfect example that the bureaucracy in Indonesia is a nightmare , of course. These are the steps to follow to get it:
- Upon arrival at the airport, you will need to find the visa on arrival counter to pay $ 35. When you pay, they will give you a piece of paper that you must keep. This paper proves that you have the right to request 30 more days of the free visa.
- Go to an immigration office to apply for the visa extension. Be careful because there are no immigration offices everywhere, only in the main cities. For this, you will need photocopies of the departure flight, the passport and the slip that they give you when paying the $ 35 Visa on Arrival at the airport. They will keep your passport.
- You will have to come back in a couple of days and they will take a photo of you. From there you can go to make the second payment of the visa extension, which is another $ 35. And then you will have to take the receipt of the payment.
- Depending on the office where you do it, it will take a day or two to get everything ready. They will give you an appointment to go to the office to collect your passport, in which you will already have the visa extension.
This process takes between 4 days and a week, depending on the office. We did it in the Labuan Bajo office and it took 4 days. They say that in Denpasar’s office when they have more work, they usually take a week.
Do I need vaccinations to travel to Indonesia? As always, it depends on several factors:
- If you have resided in Africa or South America during the six months prior to entering Indonesia, you must prove that you are vaccinated against yellow fever.
- The recommended Hepatitis B and typhus.
- In the main cities, there is no risk of malaria, but in case of traveling to rural areas, they will recommend you to take Malarone and use a good mosquito repellent.
If none of these cases occurs, you go on vacation and you will follow a 20-day route through Indonesia similar to the one we propose in the blog, surely they will not recommend any vaccine. However, check with your nearest international vaccination center to be sure.
In Indonesia, you must be especially careful with the consumption of water or mosquito bites. There are several related diseases such as typhus, hepatitis, malaria, dengue and cholera. We recommend you visit the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country to have all the updated information.
Is it safe to travel to Indonesia? Do I have to carry travel insurance to Indonesia? Although I have already discussed this topic at length here, I think it is important to take it into account in the requirements to travel to Indonesia.
At first, I will tell you that I have not had a problem traveling 3 months in Indonesia. But I will also tell you that, one of my woman friends had to face some more uncomfortable situation than in other countries: that they look at her, that they prefer to deal or negotiate with Male instead of female, etc.
Indonesia has two major security problems: one is volcanoes and the other is terrorism. The Indonesian islands have many active volcanoes and on the least expected day one of them decides to erupt and a little chaos ensues. This is the case of the Agung eruption in Bali in November 2019, for example. We got there two or three days later, when the airport had not yet closed. And we stayed for a month in Bali and the island was completely empty due to the large number of trip cancellations.
In this case I advise you to inform yourself well before traveling. When the Agung erupted, only the surrounding 10km were evacuated. Of course, the Bali airport was closed for a couple of days and the Lombok airport something else. If you carry travel insurance, it is important that you have the option of reimbursing the ticket in the event of cancellation for these types of natural incidents.
In the case of terrorism, there is activity by terrorist groups such as the Islamic State in the country, and attacks are sometimes carried out. If you ask me if this would be a reason not to travel to Indonesia, I would say no. Unfortunately, we have experienced this type of incident in many parts of the world and in many countries in Europe. In any case, I recommend once again the page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which, although it is sometimes somewhat alarmist for my taste, usually has the most up-to-date information.
With all this information, if you ask me if I recommend using travel insurance for Indonesi to I’ll tell you so. You can read a little more information and our experience here .
What is the best time to travel to Indonesia?
When we talk about traveling to Southeast Asia we always abide by the rainy season, which varies from country to country. In general, in Indonesia, the rainy season runs from November to April. We were in Bali for a month between November and December and it rained every afternoon. And then two months touring Indonesia in January and February and it also rained a lot. Especially every time we had to climb a volcano like Bromo or see Borobudur at sunrise.
So if you only have vacations in July and August you are in luck because the chances of rain are much lower. Of course, get ready for the caloret . That dry heat that gives you all the sense to use hats, hats or anything that covers your cocorota from the sun.
In my opinion, the best time is April, May and June and September and October. These are the months when there is a little less tourism and the weather is more benevolent.
Budget: how much money do I need?
Another requirement to travel to Indonesia is knowing how many days you are going to travel and what budget you need for that number of days.
As always, the budget for traveling to Indonesia depends on the type of trip you do . But on a backpacking trip and as a couple you can spend an average of € 20 per person per day, more or less.
What makes a trip through Indonesia more expensive is internal flights. In this sense, I recommend you book them in advance. We pay an average of € 75 for each internal flight we took in Indonesia. You can compare prices here.
Here is an indicative price list :
Accommodation in double room with private bathroom and breakfast: 150,000 rupees (€ 10)
Motorcycle rental: about 50,000 rupees (€ 4.5) on average, although it depends on where you rent and the number of days.
Lunch in a warung (local restaurant): 1,500 – 3,000 rupees (between one and two euros on a plate).
What clothes do I wear?
I recommend that you read this article on how to make the backpack for Southeast Asia. What we include in our backpack for traveling in Asia could be applied to a backpacking trip to Indonesia with some changes.
On a trip through Indonesia, regardless of the season in which you travel, you will go through different climates. From the heat and humidity to the dry cold of the mountains. It is important that you plan your route through Indonesia to know the different climates that you will face.
If you climb a volcano, you will need real warm clothing. A jacket is not enough. On our excursions to Bromo, Batur, Ijen and Kelimutu we were VERY COLD. And in Bali or the Gili Islands, we went in short sleeves all day.
As I have already mentioned, in Indonesia tap water is not drinkable. Everywhere they have jerrycans with clean drinking water. That’s why I recommend that you include a reusable water bottle in your backpack to avoid single-use plastic bottles. Here are more tips for #TravelPlastic through Southeast Asia.
Now that you know the requirements to travel to Indonesia, are you ready to discover this wonderful country?