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Travel Advice For Indonesia - Jakarta
- Indonesia’s location within the Pacific “Ring of Fire” means that it is susceptible to a variety of natural activity including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. The nation is home to a number of active volcanoes, some of which are on a high state of alert, with exclusion zones imposed around them. It is important that visitors (particularly those that intend to travel widely) be aware of this threat and be vigilant in monitoring the media for up-to-date information.
- Travellers are advised to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting Indonesia. Visitors are urged to consult their national travel advisory for any travel warnings before departure.
- Be aware that Indonesia is a majority Muslim country. While it is a secular nation, visitors should still take care to be respectful of the local customs and traditions.
- Pay attention to your dates of travel. Visitors who find themselves in Indonesia during Ramadan may find a number of commercial enterprises shut or operating on limited hours. Visitors to Bali should avoid travelling during the Balinese New Year (which usually falls in March), when the island effectively shuts down – including the airport. Residents stay indoors and observe silence, with little movement or entertainment occurring anywhere. Tourists are not exempt from the “celebrations” either and are expected to follow the local tradition.
- Departure: please be aware that passengers must pay a departure tax before leaving Indonesia. The price varies according to which airport travellers leave from – those departing from Soekarno-Hatta can expect to pay IDR 150,000.
- Indonesian Rupiah
Top 5 Business Tips
- It is only polite to be punctual, although be aware that Indonesians have a more flexible approach to time, termed “jam karet” (meaning rubber time).
- An aspect of “jam karet” is that time is better spent on developing personal relationships, than rushing straight into business. Cultivating trust and friendships and networking will go a long way in furthering business processes in Indonesia.
- Elders are valued in Indonesian society, and the proper respect and deference must be shown to them. When meeting several people, always greet the most senior individual first.
- Moderate your speech, as loud talking will be interpreted as aggression. Indonesians avoid confrontation in an attempt to save face.
- Be aware that Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in the world, and Islamic convention applies. Avoid scheduling meetings during prayer times, and pay attention to attire which should be smart and conservative, especially for women.
The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is the nation’s largest city and the heart of its economic, cultural and political life. Tristar Worldwide is delighted to help visitors discover the delights of Jakarta, a city that is at the forefront of Asia’s rapid development. Located on the northwest coast of the Indonesian island of Java, the city is a place where traditional culture and modern development fuse to create a lively, bustling city filled with sights, sounds and attractions including excellent shopping venues and delicious local cuisine.