Jakarta

on December 19th, 2019 (JST) current information.
Furthermore, the details under "Visa" and "Passport" are for Japanese nationals.
This information is likely to change suddenly, so please contact the relevant official authority (e.g., embassy) for the latest information.

Immigration and Visa

Visa

From 2015, Japanese citizens visiting Indonesia for tourism or to see family no longer require a visa for stays up to 30 days in length (no extensions allowed). Eligible at Jakarta, Denpasar, and most other international airports and ports. You also need to obtain a Visa on Arrival (VOA) for 500,000 rupiah at the airport for tourist travel of 31 days or longer or business travel.

Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. It must have at least three consecutive unused visa pages.

  • Visa, passport, and other information is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check with the Embassy, Consulate, or travel agency.

Note for travel to Indonesia

During the immigration inspection, you must present your ticket for return or onward travel. When traveling with an e-ticket, you must present an e-ticket itinerary receipt.

  • Note that it is not acceptable to simply present an e-ticket on a computer or mobile device.

Quarantine

When visiting from Japan, it is prohibited to bring the following items into Indonesia.

  • a. Animals, fish, plants (including animal products, fish products, and vegetable products)

Customs

Bringing in e-cigarettes

There are no special restrictions for travelers bringing it in for personal use.

  • *1.Note that if you bring in a large amount, you may be suspected of intending to sell it.

For bringing and possession of tax-free cigarettes

  • Tobacco: 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars
  • Liquor: 1L
  • Perfume: an amount within the range of personal use

Time difference and Daylight Saving Time

Time difference

Indonesia has three time zones: Western (Java, Sumatra, West Central Kalimantan), Central (Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Suawesi, Southeast Kalimantan), and Eastern (Papua). The capital of Jakarta is 2 hours behind Japan (GMT+7), and Bali is 1 hour behind Japan (GMT+8). Daylight saving time is not observed.

Climate

Climate

Because Indonesia is right on the equator and has a tropical climate, it has two seasons, the dry season and wet season. The dry season basically lasts from May to October, and the rainy season from January to April. The humidity is not too high in the dry season, making it a pleasant time. In the rainy season, there are squalls of heavy rain in the afternoon and high humidity.

Annual climate table for Jakarta

The average maximum temperature in Tokyo and Jakarta, The average minimum temperature in Tokyo and Jakarta
month The average maximum temperature in Tokyo The average minimum temperature in Tokyo The average maximum temperature in Jakarta The average minimum temperature in Jakarta
Jan. 10℃ 2℃ 30℃ 24℃
Feb. 10℃ 2℃ 30℃ 24℃
Mar. 13℃ 5℃ 31℃ 24℃
Apr. 18℃ 10℃ 32℃ 24℃
May 23℃ 15℃ 32℃ 24℃
Jun. 25℃ 18℃ 32℃ 24℃
Jul. 28℃ 23℃ 32℃ 23℃
Aug. 31℃ 24℃ 32℃ 23℃
Sep. 27℃ 21℃ 32℃ 24℃
Oct. 23℃ 15℃ 32℃ 24℃
Nov. 17℃ 10℃ 31℃ 24℃
Dec. 13℃ 5℃ 31℃ 24℃
The average precipitation in Tokyo and Jakarta
month The average precipitation in Tokyo The average precipitation in Jakarta
Jan. 40mm 470mm
Feb. 50mm 270mm
Mar. 110mm 250mm
Apr. 120mm 130mm
May 120mm 110mm
Jun. 160mm 90mm
Jul. 160mm 30mm
Aug. 180mm 80mm
Sep. 210mm 50mm
Oct. 180mm 70mm
Nov. 90mm 110mm
Dec. 50mm 220mm

Currency and Exchange Rate, Tax, Currency exchange, Tip

Currency and Exchange Rate

The unit of currency is the Rupiah (usually written as Rp.). JPY1 is approx. Rp.129 (as of December 3, 2019). There are eight denominations of banknotes in circulation: Rp.500, Rp.1000, Rp.2000, Rp.5000, Rp.10000, Rp.20000, Rp.50000, and Rp.100000. There are five types of coins: Rp.50, Rp.100, Rp.200, Rp.500, and Rp.1000.

Tax

At most mid-level or better hotels, a tax (5% to 11%) and service charge (5% to 10%) are added to the room fee. Often, travelers are charged a service fee that is added onto fees incurred at upscale restaurants and beauty treatment salons.
In 2010, a value-added tax (VAT) refund system was put into place in Jakarta and Bali. Individuals carrying foreign passports are eligible (if the period of stay is within 2 months). The refund is subject to terms, such as spending a total of more than 5 million rupiah (tax excluded) during a single instance of shopping at specified shops.

Tip

Basically, tipping is not required when a service charge is included in restaurant and hotel fees. However, it is advisable to tip when receiving good service or making a difficult request. The amount differs depending on the individual’s level of satisfaction, but the following values serve as references.

  • Restaurants: Though it depends on the quality of the restaurant, a tip that is 5% to 10% of the meal charge that is nicely rounded off is given when paying, or change from the bill is left at the table.
  • Hotels/Spas: Tip approx. Rp.20000 to hotel porters and persons providing a massage.
  • Taxis: It is customary to tell the taxi driver to keep the change.

Voltage and plug

Voltage

Some plugs can be used for Japanese electric products with an adapter

Voltage is 220V with a cycle of 50Hz. Generally, plugs are the 2-prong Type C with round pins. When using electric products made for use in Japan, a transformer and adapter are necessary.

Video and DVD

Video and DVD

The TV and video system (PAL) in Indonesia differs from Japan (NTSC). DVDs have a different region code than Japan (Japan is 2, Indonesia is 3). Many of the pirated editions of DVDs sold in Bali, etc. are region free, but be aware that bringing them into Japan is against the law.

Mail

Mail

Post offices in Indonesia are called POS INDONESIA. Mail sent by EMS can be tracked online.

Normal Business Hours

Mon. to Sat. 8:00 to 18:00 Also, stamps can be purchased at general stores. At luxury hotels, guests can ask the front desk to mail letters.

Postal Fees

Airmail to Japan costs Rp7000 for a postcard and from Rp.35500 for a sealed letter up to 50g. Mail up to 1kg costs from Rp.482500 by EMS. Normally, mail is delivered in 5 to 10 days to Japan.(EMS takes about three days)

Phone Call

How to phone

Telephoning Japan from Indonesia

STEP1

Dial 001, 007(International telephone identification number)

STEP2

81 (Country Code, Japan )

STEP3

X X(Remove the first 0 for area codes)

STEP4

1234-5678 (Other parties telephone no.)

Telephoning Indonesia from Japan

STEP1

International Teleph+one Company No.

  • 001 (KDDI)*1
  • 0033 (NTT Communications) *1
  • 0061 (SoftBank Telecom) *1
  • 005345 (au Mobile) *2
  • 009130 (NTT DoCoMo Mobile) *3
  • 0046 (SoftBank Mobile)*4
STEP2

010 (International Identification No.)

STEP3

62 (Country Code, Indonesia)

STEP4

123-4567 (Other parties telephone No.)

  • *1.Not required if you have an international registration with "My Line" or "My Line Plus". See URL My Line/My Line Plus(www.myline.org) for details.
  • *2.au does not require 005345.
  • *3.Pre-registration to World Wing is required for NTT DoCoMo. Does not require 009130.
  • *4.Call are possible without dialing 0046 from SoftBank.
  • For the three cell phone carriers, hold down 0 until + appears, then add the country code and the phone number your wish to dial.

Holiday / National holiday

Holiday / National holiday

The majority of national holidays follow various religious calendars. Aside from New Year’s, May Day, Pancasila Day, Independence Day, and Christmas, be aware of holidays that fall on different dates each year. In addition, the Galungan holiday is only celebrated in Bali, but note that many shops are closed around then (Februar 19 and September 2020).

2020

  • January 1: New Year’s
  • January 25: Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day*1
  • March22: Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad*1
  • March 25: Nyepi , Bali’s Day of Silence and Hindu New Year*1
  • April 10: Good Friday*1
  • May 1: May Day
  • May 1: May Day
  • May 7: Waisak Day (Buddha’s Anniversary)*1
  • May 21: Ascension Day of Jesus Christ*1
  • May 22 : Extra holiday declared by the government*1
  • May 26 to 27: Extra holiday declared by the government*1
  • June 1: Pancasila Day (commemorates the five founding principles of the state)
  • June 24 to 26: Indul Fitri*1
  • Juiy 31: Idul Adha (Muslim Day of Sacrifice)*1
  • August 17: Indonesian Independence Day
  • August 20: Islamic New Year*1
  • October 29: The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday*1
  • December 24: Extra holiday declared by the government*1
  • December 24 : Extra holiday declared by the government*1
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • *1.Holidays that fall on different dates each year.

Language

Language

The official language is Indonesian. Languages unique to various areas in Indonesia are also spoken, such as Javanese and Balinese. English is often understood in places such as resort areas in Bali and Jakarta.

Business hours, etc

Business hours

Below are guidelines for general business hours, which differ by shop, restaurant, and area.

Banks

Mon. to Fri. 9:00 to 16:00, Sat. 9:00 to 12:00, closed on Sun., holidays.

Shops

Normally, shops in cities and tourist areas are open every day from around 10:00 to 21:00. Many convenience stores are open 24 hours.

Restaurants

Normally, restaurants in cities and tourist areas are open every day from around 10:00 to 22:00. Orders are no longer taken from 30min. to one hour before closing. In large cities, some restaurants stay open until very late at night or for 24 hours.

Age Limit

In some instances, there is a child’s entrance fee for children 12 years old or younger at tourist locations, etc. Age restrictions on alcohol consumption and smoking are not regulated by law. Usually, many individuals who drink or smoke start around 17 years old.

Manners

During the Nyepi New Year, going out and lighting fires is prohibited in Bali. Even travelers will be arrested by police if they venture outside the hotel, unless it is an emergency. In addition, do not use the left hand, which is considered the unclean hand, to hold food or shake hands. Also, the head is considered a sacred place where the spirit resides, so people should not touch another person’s head, even the head of a child. Many citizens are Muslims and do not consume alcohol or pork.

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