Security in Indonesia

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Indonesia can not be called perfect country. It is not a country without problems – earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, terrorism, civil strife, plane crashes, corruption and crime – all this country has experienced or is experiencing Indonesia.

However, guests who come to the country to relax, rarely face serious problems. The local population is for the most part welcoming and friendly (with the exception of street traders-fetched).

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia has included Indonesia in the list of countries not recommended for visit. This is due, mainly, to the fact that in recent years in different parts of the country - Maluku, in the state of Irian Jaya (the Western part of the island of Papua New Guinea), Northern Sumatra (Aceh) clashes between local Christians and Muslims. It is sluggish current conflicts, recurrent or fading.


Indonesia is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

The overall crime rate in Indonesia is quite low – violent crimes such as murder and rape, are rare.

In the tourist areas are often recorded cases of theft, pickpocketing, and sometimes robberies and frauds. There are thefts from hotel rooms. Crime is common on local and long distance public transport (buses, aircraft, ships). Try to observe General safety precautions: don't carry money, documents, valuables, jewelry, cell phones, etc., especially in the dark or in crowded places; do not take drinks from unknown persons. be careful when choosing a taxi, use taxi from the hotel; keep your money and documents in the hotel safe; close the hotel room door on the latch; do not leave valuables unattended.

Keep in mind that the crimes you can commit not only to local residents. You may even suffer from the actions of their compatriots. For example, on the streets of Bali you will often stop street touts and offer to fill in a questionnaire, then participate in a demonstration of the hotel etc. And in the end you will "sell timeshare" Russian consultants.

Traditional rules of conduct

There are many traditional rules that should be followed to avoid unnecessary trouble:

  • the human head is sacred, so beware to touch somebody's head, and stand next to sitting on the ground;
  • passionate kissing in public, hugging and other violent displays of affection are considered offensive to others;
  • items should be fed and receive the right hand; the left hand is considered "unclean";
  • to point at anything should the thumb of the right hand, the elbow should be pushed to the side; in any case it is impossible to point to any foot;
  • no shirt or in a swimsuit should appear only on the beach;
  • sunbathing in the Nude is indecent and illegal;
  • there is a ban on the appearance in the temple people on the body which is bleeding of any origin. This taboo is imposed not for the purpose of discrimination against women and applies to followers of all faiths. Operates in all the churches; the temples in Bali is virtually free; the only requirement is to wear a sarong, hide the exposed parts of the body, which can be here to hire;
  • when visiting a mosque, women should be covering their head and not have naked body parts; before entering, it is customary to take your shoes off.

Prohibited by law

The country's laws forbid it:

  • To import, purchase, acquire, or distribute drugs. Punishment – the death penalty (for foreigners possible commutation of sentence only 20 years in prison).
  • You cannot stay in Indonesia for longer than the specified in the passport. If there is such a need (e.g., illness) are required to obtain a medical certificate about state of health and to enlist the support of the diplomatic services.
  • Foreigners are allowed to stay overnight in hotels and guest houses having licenses from the authorities. The owners of these establishments are obliged to register clients to the police.
  • Introduced quite strict laws regarding Smoking on the street and in public places (applies mainly to Jakarta).

Health, vaccinations

Indonesia you will be able to find any disease that is known to mankind.

Before the trip is recommended to make vaccination against hepatitis A and B, yellow fever, malaria if you travel to small Islands and remote corners of the country. If you go to the capital of Indonesia is Jakarta on the island of Bali or Java, vaccination is not mandatory.

As a malaria prophylaxis is recommended and proguanil chloroquine or mefloquine.

It is recommended to use repellents in the areas where corals to swim in rubber flip-flops (coral inflict very painful wounds that can get infected). Impairment of health may apply a very hot sun – always use sunscreen and wear a hat even in the shade, otherwise the probability of sunburn and heat stroke increases significantly.

Drinking tap water is not! Bottled drinking water is recommended buy "in the supermarket". Wash and brush your teeth using tap water.

To worry about the quality of food is not necessary – all that is served in restaurants and cafes, is carefully checked and processed. The only thing you need to watch, to pieces of ice served in soft drinks, had the correct square shape means that the ice in this case it was purified water and not tap. Shouldn't buy drinks on the streets, especially by glass – you can earn an intestinal infection.

Medical insurance when entering Indonesia as the probability of small health problems is quite large.

On the Islands of Bali, Java, Lombok developed medical care, there are hospitals and pharmacies in every hotel, if necessary, call doctor.

In a non-touristy parts of the country the level of medical care even for simple diseases is quite low. Indonesians who can afford it, go for medical care in neighboring Singapore.

There is a 24-hour medical assistance SOS Indonesia (24-hour emergency line +62-21-7506001), which specializiruetsya to help foreigners, but the prices are pretty decent. In Indonesia the low prevalence of HIV and AIDS but other sexually transmitted diseases, are pretty common.


Traffic in Indonesia drives on the left.

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of mortality in Indonesia by unnatural causes, because the rules, even if they are, are observed very rarely. It is also possible the appearance of wild animals on the roads. You should be very careful while driving (it is recommended to rent a car with driver).

Useful phone numbers

Emergency numbers in Bali: ambulance: 118; police -110; fire service - 113; help Desk - 108.

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admin 7 June, 2018

In Yogyakarta especially nothing to watch. From all that I looked at, and it's several museums, the Sultan's Palace, water castle, Fort, more or less I did not like the water castle, Taman Sari, since it is a fairly large attraction. And the Palace... Well, look, of course it is, but really there is nothing to watch, it is more local interesting. Generally, in Joke a lot of local tourists, Europeans more nemnogo.
Prambanan and Borobudur visited on a motorbike. Very much local, just like ants, all doing a selfie. Left a mixed impression. On the one hand, like such important attractions, famous all over the world, and on the other the price matches the ticket to Angkor for three days, and to do in Borobudur more than 30 minutes nothing. The same is true about the noise. Honestly, I was more interesting to look at other small churches in the surrounding area of Prambanan, than his.
Train tickets are definitely worth buying in advance. The price of the train is very high. In principle, I have a link with the trains already gave you where everything is, nothing has changed.
To Bromo traveled with the tour from Yogyakarta, so it was cheaper and the money and time, than to go by train and then connect with all sorts of grifters.
With the ferry to Bali as always: working around the clock, something worth about 5,000 rupees (do not remember exactly, then the guide will give pasapasa), goes often.
From Gilimanuk did not go to Kuta and Lavinna local bus. From there buses depart to Denpasar. Are in the occupancy, of course only during the day. But there be ready to divorce, will try to take five times more, you have to haggle. But before that we need to Wake up more to fend off the pile pestered with taks ...
Lisa0212 June 8, 2018
Please tell us more about how and where he took a tour to Bromo from Yogyakarta
Can keep the contacts or address of the Agency?
What is the cost?
The tour bus? ...
admin June 8, 2018

In Yogyakarta on the main touristic street of Malioboro and Jalan Sosrowijayan many turagentsva, there and sold. I moved a few agentsvr bought at the tourist information centre - Price not remember exactly, but something in the region of 600 thousand rupees for the tour Bromo + Ijen. It includes two nights accommodation in guesthouses, transport (including jeep to Bromo), tour guide services. Entrance fee and meals extra. Tour options in General a lot of there there in a jeep, there are foot, separately Bromo, Ijen separately, with wusata in Goku or with landing on the jetty in Bali, or option bus to Denpasar. Tours are by bus and train. Those that train more. ...
Lisa0212 9 June, 2018

Tell me, please, one day is enough for the exam?
Not dangerous on the roads on the bike?, for example, shows the route to these temples? ...
admin 9 June, 2018

Enough for one day, but honestly if you have the opportunity, I would suggest two days. Just because of the road and the heat will be tired in Borobudur, and the Prambanan inspection will not have to experience. In General, Borobudur is best visited at dawn, for this there are special tours. Or try at least to the opening to arrive, then even more less less local tourists and Chinese. After 10 hours already it's Packed like an ant hill. But keep in mind that the road will take at least 2 hours. Generally when you move a motorbike in Indonesia expect that will not cover more than 25 kilometers per hour, no matter how careful. And don't forget near Borobudur two more churches to see.
As for is it dangerous.... For me it was not dangerous, quietly went. But the traffic everywhere is pretty dense, even far from Yogyakarta, so be careful. The route will prompt any Navigator and a bunch of signs on the road, easy access.
Keep in mind that to visit both temples cheaper for a single ticket and not separate, on the two temples 40 dollars worth in rupees of course. This ticket is valid for two days, i.e. you can just split the visit to the temple on the day. For access to meet the dawn you need to pay extra. In General, almost all about Borobudur here already painted - about Prambanan here ...
Lisa0212 9 June, 2018

Rights issues no decorated international, which are valid in Indonesia.
Maybe you know the sites where you can book and rent a car? ...
admin 10 June, 2018
PS why not register for the forum, also it will be easier to receive notification of replies ...
IgorS Jun 11, 2018

It seems to me that the Asker is interested in a beach vacation (otherwise I would not from Indonesia chose Bali).
What about a beach holiday, I would choose Bali, because there is the ocean, the waves beautiful.
If I'm wrong and the Asker is interested in the attractions, I agree, Thailand is certainly better.
And if you are interested in nature is best for Indonesia as a whole - and there are volcanoes, jungles and coral. ...
admin Jun 11, 2018

And I think you signed up just to leave your link, and was deleted along with another message. ...
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