About Indonesia. Currency used in Indonesia: Indonesian Rupiah (1 RP = 100sen) Languages used in Indonesia: Indonesian or Bahasa Indonesian is the official language. Visa requirements to visit Indonesia: Click here to get complete and latest updated Indonesia visa information : Safety tips for travelling in Indonesia
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There is threat from insurgency in Indonesia. Stay updated by keeping in touch with local authorities at all times. Refrain from being a part of political marches and demonstrations. Urban areas are most at risk from the threat of theft such as pick-pocketing. Be careful with your belongings. Con-artists pose ordinary cars as taxis to loot people. To save yourself from this, book your taxis from a well-known hotel or reputed taxi company. Credit card fraud is prevalent. Refrain from using credit cards and use cash instead. Remember to be very careful with your pin code as some places are known to make unlawful purchases using your card. Emergency contact numbers in Indonesia: Police contact number in Indonesia: 110 Ambulance number in Indonesia: 118 Fire brigade number in Indonesia: 113 NOTE: Please refer to trusted sources of news in Indonesia and consult travel agents for latest and updated information before visiting Indonesia. : Health tips to consider while visiting Indonesia
What are the mandatory vaccinations required to enter Indonesia? Poliovirus vaccines Yellow fever DPT- diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus MMR- measles/mumps/rubella NOTE: Tourists need to consult a travel agent for latest and updated information on required vaccination prior to their departure to visit Indonesia. Other optional but recommended Vaccination for Travellers visiting Indonesia: Japanese encephalitis Typhoid Rabies Hepatitis-A Hepatitis-B   Other health risks: Malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya. What type of Health Insurance is valid for Tourists or Visitors in Indonesia? Consult your medical service provider for the facilities related to the medical terms that will they cover emergency expenses. Medical facilities in Indonesia are poor. Some hospitals have treatment but may be expensive. Some hospitals may require cash payment. NOTE: Tourists or Visitors need to consult medical travel insurance providers and/or travel agents to know details about insurance policy limitations in Indonesia and whether it covers all expenses or not in case of medical emergency during your stay in Indonesia. Health tips while travelling to Indonesia: Carry full medical prescription and the basic medicines which can be used in general like: stomach ache, joint pains etc. But must cross check the drugs which you carrying with you may be banned in that country. Prevent insect bites. Sanitize your hands always. Drink bottled water only. NOTE: While you are recommended to carry prescription from home country some medicines may not be legal or available in Indonesia. Travellers are recommended to consult a travel agent and medical advisers for alternative medicines in Indonesia. : Customs followed in Indonesia
What is the etiquette for meeting in Indonesia? Greetings are a way to convey respect and are formal in approach. ‘Selamet’ is the word commonly used to greet. Along with shaking hands, some persons also bow a little and place their hands on their chest as greeting. If many persons are present, start greeting the one who is senior-most. Address persons with their names along with appropriate titles. Titles are given huge prominence. Traditional Indonesians have one name only. However, the emerging middle class is opting for a surname as well. Some ethnic Indonesians have extremely lengthy names. In such cases, a pet name is kept to make it easy. Some foreign communities have adapted Indonesian names for themselves over the years. However, some choose to follow their inherent tradition. What is the proper etiquette for gift giving in Indonesia? The choice of gifts heavily depends on the community a person belongs to. Gift Giving etiquette for the Chinese: Refuse to accept the gift initially as a sign of humility. Refrain from gifting cutting tools as they have negative connotations. Chose golden or red coloured wrapping paper. Wrapping is given prominence. It is not alright to open the gift in the presence of the giver. Gift Giving etiquette for ethnic Malays/Muslims Refrain from gifting products which have alcoholic content in them. Do not gift eatables which are not Halal. Also, as Muslims are averse of pigs, do not gift anything that has gelatine in it. Make use of the right hand while gifting or receiving. It is not alright to open the gift in the presence of the giver. Gift giving etiquette for ethnic Indians: Refrain from using your left hand while receiving or gifting. Wrap the present in attractive wrapping paper in bright colours. Remember not to gift any item which has been made from leather to Hindus. Refrain from gifting drinks with alcoholic contents. It is not alright to open the gift in the presence of the giver. What is the proper etiquette for eating in Indonesia? There are no definite table manners. The behaviour to be adopted depends on the situation and context. You will be shown to your seat. There will be a big serving bowl of food kept in the middle of the table. However, do not serve the food unless it’s offered. In case food is laid out in buffet style, guests are supposed to serve themselves. You may offer to let the others serve themselves first out of politeness. In conventional events, men are given priority over women while being served. Start consuming your food only after you are indicated to. The eating utensils provided will be a spoon and a fork. You may make use of your hand for certain dishes. Never make use of your left hand while handling food. Things you should know before going to Indonesia? Persons of varying ethnicities are found in Indonesia. Thus, familiarize yourself with these communities and what behaviour works best with them. Indonesia is a Muslim majority country. However, not all Indonesians are Muslims. People are highly dependent on each other for all things in Indonesia. Family and one’s village are given huge importance. Instead of voting over important issues, a solution is reached by discussion. Know about the power positioning in the society. Even though some things are discussed, major decisions will still need the top person’s agreement. Refrain from causing embarrassment to others. Indonesians do not follow timetables strictly and aren’t very punctual. However, you must never be late yourself.  Be formal in your approach at all times. : Business etiquette to follow in Indonesia
How to dress for a business meeting in Indonesia? Clothe yourself in a conservative manner. In case of women, you must be totally covered. Avoid wearing skin-hugging dresses. Opt to wear light cotton clothes as the temperature is high. How to greet or address a professional in Indonesia? Handshakes are not very firm, but lengthy. In case you are a woman, wait for the other person to initiate shaking hands. Otherwise, a bow is acceptable. Out of respect, make sure that the senior-most person greets and exchanges cards first. Titles are very important. Thus, pay attention to their titles and address them using those. Some Indonesians have a single name. Chinese persons use their surnames before their first names. What is the etiquette for a business meeting in Indonesia? The initial meetings may be used to gain knowledge about each other. Let the other party start talking about work. The other party will enter the room according to hierarchy. Out of respect, you may do this too. Decisions will not be made swiftly. They will require thorough deliberation. Timetables and deadlines are not given much prominence. Above this, patience, and buildings relations will help. Do not pressurize your counterparts in any way during negotiation. What is the proper way to communicate in Indonesia? Indonesians are very indirect in their speech. You will have to possess knowledge about the background of the information to comprehend everything. They may even be indirect in order to avoid embarrassing anyone. While communicating information to others, Indonesians take their own time and use a story-telling type of approach. Do not ask questions with definite answers. This way, they will refrain from answering if it’s something negative. Double check the approval of anyone by observing non-verbal cues. Do not speak negative to anyone in public. Do so personally to avoid embarrassing the other. Silence in conversations is alright. Don’t talk endlessly. Pause before and after anyone speaks. : Customs followed in Indonesia