The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 13,466 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches, many still uninhabited and a number even still unnamed. Indonesia has a total population of more than 215 million people from more than 200 ethnic groups. The national language is Bahasa Indonesia.
Being a tropical country, Indonesia is blessed with two seasons, namely dry and rainy. Dry usually occurs from June to September and the rest is rainy season. Sunshine is abundant except in rainy season when the sky tends to be cloudy. It is advisable to visit Indonesia during dry season.
Indonesia’s climate can be hot and humid, so bringing along sunblocks and moisturizers during dry season is recommended. No need to bring umbrellas during rainy season because they are abundant and can easily be bought even in small shops. You might need extra clothing though, and you can purchase them almost anywhere.
Indonesia has three time zones – Western Indonesia Time which is GMT +7 (covering Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan), Central Indonesia Time which is GMT +8 (covering East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara) and the last is Eastern Indonesia Time which is GMT +9 (covering Maluku and Irian Jaya). Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya are GMT + 7 or 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.
The Indonesia Rupiah is also called IDR. Information of daily exchange rate can be found in newspapers or from the net. Some Indonesia banks provide this on their websites. IDR and USD are the most acceptable currencies. Most tourism resorts have money changer facilities. When you are traveling to remote areas it is advisable to exchange your money and clear your check. Credit cards are only acceptable in big hotels, restaurants, shops and traveling agencies.
Electric power supply is 220 volts in all regions. So be careful with your 110-volt electronic equipment. The sockets will only fit with with two pins rounded-tip plugs (technically known as Type C, E, and F) or use adaptors. Most hotels and many restaurants in large cities provide internet connections or free WiFi.
Culturally, Indonesia fascinates with her rich diversity of ancient temples, music, ranging from the traditional to modern pop, dances, rituals and ways of life, changing from island to island, from region to region. Yet everywhere the visitor feels welcomed with that warm, gracious innate friendliness of the Indonesian people that is not easily forgotten.
Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Padang, Bandung, Solo, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Makassar are connected by direct international flights, and many regular and low cost carriers fly passengers to Indonesia’s towns or remote locations.
All participants must have a valid passport and/or an appropriate travel documents to enter Indonesia. Some participants may also require a visa. Visas are the responsibility of individual delegates and must be obtained before traveling to Indonesia.
All delegates are strongly encouraged to contact their local Indonesia Embassy or Consulate to verify the need of a visa to enter the country. Visitors from other countries must apply for visa at Indonesia Embassies or Consulates in their home country. In addition, visas cannot be replaced with any other immigration letters. The visa shall then be administered by the Visa Officer in the presence of the applicant concerned.
The Embassy or Consulate will provide you with an application form; it is strongly recommended that you submit this at least three months in advance to ensure you receive your visa in time for travel. Free entry visa is also provided to delegates registered in a conference that is officially convened. In addition, tourist visa can be obtained from every Indonesian Embassy or Consulate.
You may find information on Indonesia embassies and consulates contact details at the Ministry of Foreign Affair website on the following direct link: http://www.kemlu.go.id/
For further information on applying for visa to Indonesia, you may browse the link provided.
Calling Visa Countries
Calling Visa is for countries that require authorization prior to issuing an visa, travellers requesting a stay more than 90 days or Limited Stay Visa. All visa applications for nationals of the following countries need an approval from the Immigration Head Office in Indonesia before travelling:
5. Korea, North
If your nationality is from above-mentioned country, you must contact us in advance by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will assist you with requesting the Clearing House Calling Visa from the Immigration Head Office.
Please submit these documents to our e-mail and put subject “Calling Visa Application” :
1. Copy of passport (valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry in Indonesia)
2. Letter of invitation from the ACCP Organizing Committee
3. Recent color photograph
4. Completed visa application from local Indonesia Embassy or Consulate
5. Letter from the employer confirming employment or letter from school confirming enrollment