ABOUT Indonesia is a solid cluster of tropical islands, each with its own unique people, culture, architecture and religion. It has everything - jungles, rainforests, lakes, active volcanoes and paradise beaches. During your Indonesia travels, you'll meet the friendly locals in their saddle houses, cycle through terraced rice paddies, and watch the sun rise over some of the world's most beautiful temples. Taking a half day or a full day excursion on holiday is always a wonderful introduction into a new destination, whether to a City like Jakarta to see its landmarks, learn about its history and culture or enjoy its natural surroundings. A day trip around Bali is an experience not to be forgotten, where one begins to understand what makes Bali such an unforgettable destination. Or get away from your five star hotels in Bintan Resort to see the simple fishing villages and visit historic Penyengat island across Tanjung Pinang. Take a seat in a coach offered by travel agents, hire your own car or bike through the country side. There is much to see and experience in Indonesia. If you're travelling to Indonesia on a British passport, you must ensure that you have at least 6 months validity left beyond your intended departure date. You're also required to retain your arrival card for presentation to Immigration upon your departure. If you'd like to find out more information on UK passports, please refer to www.ukpa.gov.uk. All British passport holders require a short stay Indonesian tourist visa of either 7 or 30 days, which are easily arranged on arrival at the main international airports or seaports. The 7 day visa costs US$10, and the 30 day visa costs US $25, please note these can not be extended without leaving the country. Your passport must have one clear page available, as the visa takes up an entire page, and you must possess an onward ticket out of Indonesia. You may also be required to show proof of funds for your stay (up to US $1000 or a valid credit card).
CLIMATE Indonesia has a tropical climate with just two seasons. The dry season starts in April and lasts until October, which is the best time to travel, though monsoon season, from November and March is fine to travel as well. It’s quieter than in the high season and the rain is generally limited to a couple of hours at the end of the day. On most of the islands there’s little difference between the winter and summer, with temperatures averaging 25C-30C all year round.
BEWARE There is a high threat from terrorism. Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks at any time and anywhere in the country. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Attacks may also target Indonesia Government and law enforcement interests. You should ensure that you have the necessary permits when planning local travel within Indonesia. You should also ensure that you have a reliable and reputable guide in place for any adventure trips; failure to do so can lead to difficulties with local authorities should you need their help. Extreme weather conditions can affect much of Indonesia, which can lead to widespread flooding and traffic gridlock. You should take extra care, particularly when travelling by boat. There have been a number of reports of boats capsizing due to stormy weather. Cities - especially Jakarta - are frequently subject to severe localised flooding which can result in major disruption, and occasionally fatalities. Previous floods in Jakarta have affected a main toll road to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. You should allow extra time for meeting flight connections in line with the prevailing weather conditions. Poor standards of driving and varying road conditions can cause accidents for those deciding to hire self drive vehicles and mopeds. Anyone using a motorbike or moped should ensure that they wear a suitable safety helmet. It is not unusual for tourists involved in traffic accidents to be hospitalised as a direct result of not wearing protective headgear. Most tourists to Indonesia visit Bali. Possession, trafficking and manufacture of illegal drugs are serious offences in Indonesia. Police often raid locations (particularly in Bali) known to be frequented by foreigners, and may require an individual to take a urine or blood test where they have reasonable suspicion that drugs have been taken.