Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Indonesia due to terrorism and natural disasters. Some areas have increased risk. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 2 blank pages in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as you do not stay in the country more than 30 days.

US Embassy/Consulate

[62] (21) 3435-9000; US Embassy Jakarta, Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 3 – 5, Jakarta 10110, Indonesia;;

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 118; Fire: 113; Police: 110


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Indonesia: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, COVID-19, and influenza.


Tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands

Currency (Code)

Indonesian rupiah (IDR)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, F

Plug Type CPlug Type F

Major Languages

Bahasa Indonesia, English, Dutch, local dialects (Javanese); note: more than 700 languages are used in Indonesia

Major Religions

Muslim 87.2%, Protestant 7%, Roman Catholic 2.9%, Hindu 1.7%, other 0.9% (includes Buddhist and Confucian)

Time Difference

UTC+7 (12 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Bali; Tongkonan architecture; Dayak villages; Lake Toba; Mount Krakatoa; Rinjani National Park; Pura Tanah Lot; Banda Islands; Sangiran Early Man Site; Borobudur Temple

Major Sports

Soccer, badminton, basketball, boxing, surfing

Cultural Practices

In Indonesian culture, gatherings with extended family are quite common. Being a member of the greater community is also important and Indonesians tend to feel indebted to their village, their mosque, or their professional organization.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is not expected. Tipping 10-15% of the total bill is appropriate in restaurants, if not included in a service charge. Round up taxi fares. Tip porters, bellhops and housekeeping with loose change.


Batik and ikat fabrics; paper, silk, and light wood kites; silver items, woven basketware, bamboo items and wood carved bowls, furniture and antiques

Traditional Cuisine

Nasi Goreng — rice stir-fried with shrimp, shallots, and soy sauce and topped with a fried egg; often accompanied with a grilled sausage

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Monday, September 25, 2023