The following information is only for your orientation. Check with the information from your embassy website as rules can change. A visa is required for most nationals to entry Indonesia. Either apply for a Tourist Visa for 60 days at the Indonesian embassy in your country or get one on the border (Visa on Arrival) for 30 days. The fee must be paid in cash on arrival at the airport better in US dollar.

No special permits needed for entering Aceh. It is just the same as any other province of Indonesia.

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months after day of entry.. The decision to grant permission to enter Indonesian territory is at the discretion of the immigration officers at the port of entry. Day of entry is day number one. Bring a letter from a hospital or the police if you overstay because of sickness or other reasons beyond your control.

Photocopies of your passport are always useful in remote areas. Never hand over your passport to anyone except an appropriate immigration official or a policeman who can prove his own identity and has a probable explanation. Just show a copy in other cases. Hotels sometimes ask for the passport for their reporting. It is normally safe, but a mistake can always happen so better prepare some copies of passport.

Visa on Arrival can be obtained by nationals of the following countries:

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Laos, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.

Visa on Arrival can be obtained upon arrival at certain airports and seaports; in Sumatra only at the airports of Medan , Pekan Baru and Padang. The closest seaports are Medan (Belawan), Sibolga, Padang, in the Riau Islands near Singapore and Dumai.

Visa-free facility is granted to the citizens of countries whose governments extend visa free facility to Indonesian nationals, i.e. Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hongkong Special Administrative Region, Macau Special Administrative Region, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

To be on the safe side, always ask an Indonesian Consulate.


Customs allow 2 liter of alcoholic drinks and 200 cigarettes.


When you take taxi make sure to remember his car flat number and write his name from his ID name so when you left something inside you can search him or  , if he has no ID name has no argometer then must fix the price first .

Go to terminal bus if you want to go by public bus , the bus schedule is not precise , bus leave if the passenger almost full because the driver rent the car from the owner .

In flight or other public transportation : keep your valueble things like parfum, mobile phone, notebook, wallet, etc in a small bag and always be with you .

Sea transportation , when big wave make sure you close to life jacket because when there is accident SAR team  works slowly , not professional and afraid to  , well then work in hotel , I suggest .


When checking in at a hotel or losmen, you have to fill in a form. The owner of the accommodation has to report all foreigners to the local police. This is a part of the bureaucracy, but also useful if a foreigner goes missing. If you stay in a private home, your host is obliged to report this to the nearest police station within 24 hours. You don't have to report in person. Many Indonesians don't know about the law, so please inform them. They can otherwise get a lot of troubles on your behalf. There is no official cost for this, but some "cigarette money" is normally given.

There is no other authority you need to report to , according to civil law. In a few areas the Military demand reports also bring an extra photo copy of your passport. In most villages, if you stay in a private home, it is considered a necessary politeness to report to the local village head, which is done in person. Traditional law is just as important as civil law in Indonesia. This reporting is also of good use as you will much faster be accepted and assimilated into the local community.

Drugs are forbidden in Indonesia , for major crime can be sentenced to death .


Credit card fraud is common. Don’t lose sight of your card during transactions. Criminals sometimes place a fake telephone number on ATMs advising customers to report problems. Customers dialling the number are asked for their PIN and their card is then retained within the machine.

Don’t get involved with illegal drugs . Possession , gambling ,  trafficking and manufacture of any illegal drugs are serious offences in Indonesia. The Indonesian authorities have a zero-tolerance policy and those caught face lengthy prison sentences or the death penalty, usually after a protracted and expensive legal process.

Avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people.

There have been a number of deaths and cases of serious illness of locals and foreigners in Indonesia caused by drinking alcoholic drinks contaminated with methanol.

Criminal gangs have been reported to manufacture counterfeit replicas of well known brands of alcohol containing high amounts of methanol. Take extreme care when purchasing spirit based drinks, as bottles may appear to be genuine when they are not.

Make sure cocktails are prepared in your sight and don’t leave drinks unattended as there have been reports of drink-spiking (with drugs) in clubs and nightspots. If you or someone you’re travelling with show signs of methanol poisoning or drink-spiking, seek immediate medical attention. Usually the victim  feels the burn on liver .

Mobile phone service :
When somebody send you account number that you don't know just delete it , when some body send sms or miss called you that you don't know if ony 1 or 2 times just delete it .

Education .
Yes , there is free fee school in Indonesia in government school and  it is very difficult to gain ,  it must arrange files from chief of village to show civil ID, birth file , parents marriage file , proove can not pay fee shool , etc ,  so many people can not gain free school if then some can get it finally the problem to come is from the book publisher that cooperate with principal to sale their book so the old book from their brother / friend can not be used by the students again , they must buy the new book that principal offer them . yes, the publisher in Indonesia is the most intend to ruin the forest .


Government offices are normally open between Monday and Friday: Mon-Thu. 07.30-14.30, Fri. –12.00. Best time to visit an office is between 08.00 and 11.00. If you dress up a bit, you get better service. Shopping centers are normally open between 10.00 and 21.00. Normal shops are open from 08.00 or 09.00 until 20.00 or 21.00. Street vendors can be found at any time.


Most things are cheaper to buy in Indonesia, but there are also things that are hard to find. If you shop in Indonesia, do it in a big town in order to find everything you need like a retail shop with this lable is mini market or “swalayan “.

It is wise to bring medicines from your own country.

International driving license can come handy.

Watertight bag for your camera if you are planning to visit islands and go by boat.

Clothes are much cheaper in Indonesia, but big big sizes some time can be difficult to find.

Shoes over size 42 are hard to find but avoid to buy the fame shoes like Nike, Eagle, etc, can be  the fake one but using price for original one.

Mosquito repellants is Autan, cheap and good quality.

A couple of padlocks can be useful, both for your bag and for your beach bungalow.

For surfers bringing their own boards a board bag is recommended. Also wax for warm waters, some extra leg ropes, a nose guard for your board for safety, and footwear to get out over reefs. A repair kit can save hassles. Repair shops for surf boards are not available.