Ambulance and rescue services
Call 110 or 112.
Tourist Police, Bali
Call (+0361) 759 687.
Tourist Police, Jakarta
Call (+201) 526 4073.
Exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia overall due to security risks.
Higher levels apply in some areas.
Call 110 or 112.
Call (+0361) 759 687.
Call (+201) 526 4073.
Exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia overall due to security risks.
Higher levels apply in some areas.
Reconsider your need to travel to the provinces of Papua (Papua), Papua Highlands (Papua Pegunungan), Central Papua (Papua Tengah) and South Papua (Papua Selatan).
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The terrorist threat in Indonesia is ongoing. Attacks could happen anywhere and anytime. This includes places that foreigners visit.
Be alert to possible threats. Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of local authorities.
Indonesian authorities continue to investigate and disrupt terrorist groups in Indonesia, including Bali.
In December 2022, an explosion occurred at a police station in Bandung, Jawa Barat, killing 2 and injuring 11.
In March 2021, 2 suicide bombers attacked a church in Makassar, injuring dozens.
In the past, police have said that terrorist suspects remain at large and may seek Western targets.
Indonesian security agencies continue to conduct operations against terrorist groups.
Terrorists in Indonesia may carry out small-scale violent attacks with little or no warning.
Be alert in places of worship, especially during periods of religious significance.
Terrorists have targeted places of worship in:
As well as places of worship, other possible targets by terrorists include:
Supporters have committed additional acts of violence in response to high-profile extremists being detained or killed.
To protect yourself during a terrorist attack:
Security remains at a high level at:
The Indonesian Presidential election will take place on 14 February 2024. Frequent political rallies and possible large protests are likely to occur in the lead-up to the election.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people occur regularly and can turn violent with little notice.
Most events are announced before they happen; however, protests may occur with little or no notice.
Protests and events are often held near major government buildings and embassies in Jakarta, including the Australian Embassy.
Protests may also occur at any of Australia's Consulates-General in Surabaya, Bali and Makassar, at government buildings, or the offices of international organisations in Indonesia.
You can expect traffic delays and restricted access to locations if there are protests.
Phone or email ahead for an appointment before going to the Embassy or the Consulates-General (see Local contacts).
Demonstrations and acts of violence can happen when courts try and sentence extremists.
Conflict between different communities can sometimes occur, including in the provinces of Papua, Papua Pegunungan, Papua Tengah and Papua Selatan. Our ability to provide consular support in these provinces is limited.
Local violence can also be directed at minority groups in other parts of Indonesia, including in Java.
If you're found to endanger security or public order, you may be prosecuted under Indonesia's Immigration laws, which may result in imprisonment or deportation.
To protect yourself from possible violence:
The provinces of Papua, Papua Pegunungan, Papua Tengah and Papua Selatan experience regular violent clashes involving armed groups, civilians, Indonesian police, and the military. Armed groups have stated that they are targeting foreigners, including Australians. Our ability to provide consular support in these provinces is limited.
Many people have been killed and injured in clashes. This includes members of security forces, armed groups and civilians. Violent attacks have occurred in several areas of these provinces, including in and around Jayapura. There's a risk of more attacks.
On 23 February 2023, a riot broke out in Wamena, Papua Pegunungan, when a crowd attacked Indonesian security personnel following the arrest of two people accused of child kidnapping. 12 civilians and rioters were killed.
Violent attacks have occurred around the Freeport Mine in Papua Tengah.
Armed groups have:
A range of crimes, including violent crime, occur in Indonesia. Crimes can happen in popular tourist locations in Bali.
To protect yourself from crime:
Theft, robbery and bag and phone snatching have occurred. These crimes can sometimes involve violence. Opportunistic crime such as pickpocketing occurs.
Be careful of thieves:
Keep bags and valuables out of sight in vehicles.
If you're travelling on foot, walk:
If you're a victim of sexual assault:
Local police can only investigate a crime after you've left Indonesia if you've reported it.
Your sworn statement, or statements by witnesses, can be used as evidence in criminal court proceedings.
You don't always need to be in Indonesia for trial. Neither do witnesses who live outside of Indonesia.
Should you wish to speak to a counsellor, you can call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate (see Local contacts). They can connect you to counselling hotlines and services.
Be alert in bars and nightclubs. Drink-spiking and snatching of valuables may occur if you're not alert.
Drinks may be contaminated with drugs or toxic substances. See Health.
Don't leave your food or drinks unattended.
Never accept drinks, food, gum or cigarettes from people you've just met.
Credit card, online banking and ATM fraud occurs in Indonesia.
Check your bank statements.
Make sure your bank doesn't block your cards. Tell your bank you'll be visiting Indonesia.
Never let your card out of your sight. This includes when you pay in restaurants.
Shield your PIN from sight.
Some vendors install hidden cameras and use card skimmers.
Don’t click on unknown links in WhatsApp or mobile phone text messages, particularly if your phone is linked to mobile banking.
Use ATMs at controlled and secure places, such as:
Beware of scams and confidence tricks.
Only exchange money at authorised money changers. Authorised money changers can also be found on the Bali Foreign Exchange website. Unauthorised money changers have been known to scam foreign tourists in Bali and elsewhere.
All types of gambling are illegal in Indonesia.
Australians have lost large sums of money in card game scams run by organised gambling gangs, particularly in Bali. See Local laws
Some tourists have been robbed or planted with drugs after taking new acquaintances back to their hotel rooms. In some cases, their drinks were spiked.
Legal disputes over the purchase of real estate are common, including in Bali, involving:
Before entering into an agreement or providing financial details:
Only use official taxi companies. Crimes involving unregistered taxis include:
Lone female travellers are at higher risk of crime.
If you're in an incident involving a taxi, leave the taxi and the immediate area if it's safe to do so.
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
Kidnapping can happen, with political, ideological and criminal motives. Targets have included foreigners.
On 7 February 2023, a New Zealand pilot was taken hostage by an armed group in Paro, Papua Pegunungan.
Always be alert to your personal security and surroundings.
The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it doesn't make payments or concessions to kidnappers.
Many businesses don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This includes transport and tour operators, water sports providers, hotels, restaurants and shops.
It may affect adventure activities, such as:
In the past, Australians have been seriously injured while participating in adventure activities and have required intensive care medical treatment. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you plan to do an adventure activity:
If proper safety equipment isn't available or you're unsure of the provider's safety procedures, use another provider.
Some mountain treks suit only experienced climbers. Travel with a guide and check the level of difficulty beforehand.
Many trekking options may be on or around an active volcano. Many of Indonesia's volcanoes are active and can erupt without warning. Volcanic and seismic activity may continue for some time. Adhere to exclusion zones around volcanoes, which can change at short notice, and follow the advice of local authorities. If you're planning to travel to an area near an active volcano, check with local authorities before climbing and check:
People have drowned in coastal areas, including in Bali, due to rough seas and strong currents.
Local beach rescue services may not be of the same standard as in Australia.
Saltwater crocodiles are in rivers throughout Indonesia. Avoid swimming around river estuaries and seek local advice in other locations.
If you plan to spend time in or on the water:
Ensure you have travel insurance and that your policy covers you for planned activities.
If there's a natural disaster or severe weather:
Floods, landslides and mudslides occur regularly during the wet season from October to April.
Heavy rains can cause significant flooding in urban areas, including the greater Jakarta region.
Walking and driving in flooded areas can be dangerous. Flood waters may hide uncovered drainage ditches.
There are 147 volcanoes in Indonesia. 76 of them are active volcanoes and could erupt at any time.
Volcanic alert levels and exclusion zones may rise quickly. You may be ordered to evacuate at short notice. Volcanic activity can disrupt domestic and international flights. There are 4 volcano alert levels in Indonesia; 1 - normal, 2 - advisory, 3 - watch, 4 - warning.
Before you travel to areas that are prone to volcanic activity, monitor media and ensure you read the Indonesian Government's latest advice on current volcanic activity, including:
If there's volcanic activity:
Volcanic ash can cause breathing difficulties. The risk is higher for people with chronic respiratory illnesses, including:
Recent and frequent volcanic activity has included:
Some trekking routes are on or near active volcanoes, including Mount Agung and Mount Batur in Bali, Mt Marapi in West Sumatra, Mt Merapi near Yogyakarta, and Mount Rinjani in Lombok. See 'Trekking and climbing'.
If you're planning to travel to an area near an active volcano, check:
Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance and check if any restrictions apply.
If a volcanic eruption occurs:
Indonesia is in an active earthquake region. It has a high level of earthquake activity, that sometimes triggers tsunamis.
There are approximately 4,000 earthquakes across Indonesia every year. Around 70 to 100 of these are over 5.5 magnitude.
Earthquakes can cause death, injury and significant damage to infrastructure.
Strong earthquakes can occur anywhere in Indonesia. They are less common in Kalimantan and south-west Sulawesi.
To stay safe during an earthquake:
During the dry season in April to September, widespread forest fires can cause smoke haze resulting in poor air quality across parts of Indonesia, particularly the Riau Islands, central Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Smoke haze could affect your health and travel plans.
Keep up to date with local information and seek medical advice on appropriate precautions.
The Indian and Pacific Oceans experience more frequent, large and destructive tsunamis than other parts of the world.
There are many large earthquakes along major tectonic plate boundaries and ocean trenches.
High wave events can happen throughout coastal regions and between islands. They're caused by strong weather conditions and storms.
If you plan to surf or travel by sea, check local conditions regularly.
If there’s a tsunami or high wave event:
Piracy occurs in the coastal areas of Indonesia.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) issues weekly piracy reports.
If you decide to travel by boat in these regions:
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including emergency treatment and medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Before you travel, confirm:
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
Some drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are illegal in Indonesia.
If you plan to bring over-the-counter or prescription medication, check if it's legal in Indonesia by contacting the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra well in advance of your planned travel. Take enough legal medicine for your trip and carry it in its original packaging. Purchasing prescription medication online in Indonesia without an Indonesian prescription is illegal. Ensure you provide a valid prescription from an Indonesian doctor before purchasing prescription medication and confirm that it's accepted by the seller prior to your purchase.
Carry a copy of your prescription and a letter from your doctor stating:
If you're caught with illegal medicine, you could face detention, fines or harsher penalties. You could face charges even if an Australian doctor prescribed the medication.
Ask the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra for advice before you travel.
Cannabis-based products such as cannabis oil and creams, hemp, CBD, THC, hash and edibles remain illegal in Indonesia, including for medicinal purposes. A medical prescription does not make it legal. If you take such products to Indonesia or purchase or use them in Indonesia, you can be arrested and face imprisonment, fines, deportation or the death penalty.
Critical care for Australians who become seriously ill, including in Bali, is significantly below the standard available in Australia. Medical evacuation may not be possible.
The Australian Government cannot guarantee your access to hospitals and other health services in Indonesia.
Medical evacuation to Australia for medical conditions, including COVID-19, is possible but is very expensive and may not be covered by travel insurance. Check your policy before you travel.
The Indonesian Ministry of Health (MoH) has advised local health workers and pharmacists to stop selling liquid/syrup medication, including commonly used medications containing paracetamol and cough syrups. MoH and the Indonesian Paediatrician Association (IDAI) received reports of a sharp increase in cases of Atypical Progressive Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in children, especially under the age of 5 years.
Insect-borne illnesses are common throughout the year.
To protect yourself from disease:
Dengue occurs throughout Indonesia, including Bali, Jakarta and other major cities.
Dengue is common during the rainy season.
Australian health authorities have reported an increase in dengue infections in people returning from Bali in recent years.
There are now two dengue vaccines, but they are not currently available in Australia. For further information, contact your doctor.
Zika virus can occur in Indonesia.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites.
The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care advises pregnant women to:
Malaria, including chloroquine-resistant strains, is widespread in rural areas, in particular in Papua, Papua Barat, Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provinces. There is no malaria transmission in Jakarta.
Japanese encephalitis has been present in Australian travellers returning from Indonesia, including Bali.
Vaccination is recommended for certain groups of travellers.
People have been poisoned by alcoholic drinks contaminated with harmful substances, including methanol and arak (a traditional rice-based spirit). Locals and foreigners, including Australians, have died or become seriously ill from poisoned drinks.
Cases of drink poisoning have been reported in Bali and Lombok.
Contaminated drinks have included:
To protect yourself from drink poisoning:
Labels on bottles aren't always accurate.
Symptoms of methanol poisoning can be similar to drinking too much. However, they are usually stronger.
Symptoms of methanol poisoning include:
Vision problems may include:
If you suspect that you or someone you're travelling with may have been poisoned, act quickly. Urgent medical attention could save your life, or save you from permanent disability.
Report suspected cases of methanol poisoning to the Indonesian police.
Don't consume magic mushrooms. They're illegal.
Australians have become sick or injured after taking magic mushrooms.
Australians have been in trouble with local police after taking magic mushrooms, particularly in Bali.
Magic mushrooms can cause major health problems, including:
Rabies is a risk throughout Indonesia, especially in:
To protect yourself from rabies:
Talk to your doctor about getting a pre-exposure rabies vaccination.
If bitten or scratched by an animal:
Rabies treatment in Indonesia may be limited, including the rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin availability. If you're bitten, you may need to return to Australia or travel to another country for immediate treatment.
You're at risk of contracting rabies if you visit a market where live animals and fresh food are sold because:
Selling dog meat for human consumption is a breach of government disease control regulations.
Avoid contact with monkeys, even in places where you're encouraged to interact with them. This includes:
Cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported in people who have travelled to the Kuta region of Bali. Travellers who are unwell with flu-like symptoms within 10 days of returning from Bali are advised to consult their GPs.
Cases of poliovirus (type 1) have been reported in the Papua provinces, and poliovirus (type 2) in Aceh and Jawa Barat (West Java) provinces. There may be unreported cases in other provinces in Indonesia.
Ensure that you're vaccinated against polio.
Periodic outbreaks of measles continue to be reported in Indonesia, including Bali.
You need 2 doses of vaccine 4 weeks apart to be fully vaccinated against measles.
If you have symptoms of measles, seek medical attention.
Measles is highly infectious. Call before attending a healthcare facility.
There are no cases of Nipah virus or Yellow Fever in Indonesia. You may be temperature checked on arrival at international and domestic airports. If you have fever symptoms, you may be referred to the airport clinic for further tests and asked to seek medical treatment. See your doctor or travel clinic before you travel to plan any vaccinations you need.
Symptoms of Nipah virus include fever, headaches, muscle pain, vomiting, cough or sore throat. There's no vaccine available for the Nipah virus.
Symptoms of Yellow fever include fever, muscle pain, headache, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting. There is a vaccine for Yellow Fever.
HIV/AIDS is a risk for travellers. Take steps to reduce your risk of exposure to the virus.
Waterborne, foodborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases are widespread. These include:
Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.
To protect yourself from illness:
To minimise the risk of food poisoning, only eat meat from reputable suppliers.
Seek urgent medical attention if you suspect food poisoning or have a fever or diarrhoea.
You can become sick from naturally occurring seafood toxins, including:
Avoid temporary black henna tattoos. The dye often causes serious skin reactions.
Before you get any tattoo, check the hygiene and safety of your tattoo provider.
The standard of medical facilities in Indonesia is generally lower than Australia. Many regional hospitals only provide basic facilities.
Hospital staff may use physical restraints on patients.
Hospitals expect families to provide support to patients, including all financial support.
Psychiatric and psychological services are limited in Indonesia.
There's no reciprocal healthcare agreement between Australia and Indonesia.
Before admitting patients, hospitals usually need:
The Australian Government cannot provide guarantee of payment, confirmation of medical insurance or up-front deposit for services.
When diving in Indonesia, there is a risk that you may experience decompression illness. An illness may occur when a diver ascends to the water surface too quickly and may have severe consequences. Understand the risks before you dive.
Decompression chambers are available in various areas, including the following locations:
If you become seriously ill or injured, you may need to be evacuated to a place with better care. Medical evacuation can be very expensive. Check your insurance policy before you travel. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs. It's best to check with your travel provider on the location and functionality of decompression chambers and other medical facilities available in the area before undertaking remote travel.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
Indonesian Parliament has passed revisions to its criminal code, which includes penalties for cohabitation and sex outside of marriage. These revisions will not come into force until January 2026.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for drug offences are severe. They include the death penalty.
You may face heavy fines or jail for consuming or possessing even small amounts of drugs, including marijuana. Cannabis-based products such as cannabis oil and cream, hemp, CBD, THC, hash and edibles remain illegal in Indonesia, including for medicinal purposes. A medical prescription does not make it legal. If you take such products to Indonesia or purchase or use them in Indonesia, you can be arrested and face imprisonment, fines, deportation or the death penalty.
Some prescription medications that are available in Australia are illegal in Indonesia. Purchasing prescription medication online or over the counter in Indonesia without an Indonesian prescription is illegal. Ensure you provide a valid prescription from an Indonesian doctor before purchasing prescription medication and confirm that it's accepted by the seller before your purchase.
Magic mushrooms are illegal. Indonesian police work to prevent their distribution.
Police target illegal drug use and possession across Indonesia. Police often target popular places and venues in Bali, Lombok and Jakarta.
The death penalty exists for some crimes in Indonesia.
Local labour laws can change at short notice. This can affect expatriate workers.
Under Indonesian law, you must always carry identification. For example, your:
Gambling is illegal.
Property laws are strict, seek legal advice before acquiring property in Indonesia.
It's sometimes illegal to take photographs in Indonesia. Obey signs banning photography. If in doubt, get advice from local officials. See Safety
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Standards of dress and behaviour are conservative in many parts of Indonesia. Take care not to offend.
Find out what customs apply at your destination.
If in doubt, seek local advice.
Same-sex relationships are legal in Indonesia, except in the province of Aceh. Same-sex relationships in Aceh may attract corporal punishment. Visible displays of same sex relationships could draw unwanted attention.
Some laws and regulations can be applied in a way that discriminates against the LGBTI community. Including for pornography and prostitution.
The Islamic holiday month of Ramadan is observed in Indonesia. Respect religious and cultural customs and laws at this time.
During Ramadan, eating, drinking and smoking may be illegal in public during this time. If you're not fasting, avoid these activities around people who are. Seek local advice to avoid offence and follow the advice of local authorities.
Explore our Ramadan page to learn more, including dates for Ramadan.
Aceh is governed as a special territory, not a province, and has a degree of special autonomy.
Some aspects of sharia law are upheld. This includes regulations and punishments that don't apply in other parts of Indonesia.
Local sharia police enforce sharia law.
Sharia law applies to anyone in Aceh, including:
Sharia law doesn't allow:
It also requires a conservative standard of dress.
Learn about the laws in Aceh. If in doubt, seek local advice.
Indonesia doesn't allow dual nationality for adults and you may be prosecuted by Immigration authorities should you be found to hold valid passports of two nationalities.
A child of Indonesian and Australian parents can maintain citizenship of both countries until the age of 18 years.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
You can apply for an e-Visa on Arrival (e-VOA) no later than 48 hours prior to travelling to Indonesia. Check the e-VOA requirements from Indonesian Immigration before applying.
You can still apply for a regular Visa on Arrival (VOA) at certain international airports, seaports and land crossings, including Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Makassar, Lombok, Batam, Medan, Manado, Tanjung Pinang and Yogyakarta, if you do not apply for an e-VOA at least 48 hours in advance of your travel to Indonesia.
The e-VOA or VOA can be used for tourism, official government duties, business meetings, or to transit through Indonesia.
Additional requirements apply if you are travelling on government duties.
For the latest list of entry points for the e-VOA or VOA, refer to the Directorate General of Immigration's list of land border crossings, international airports, and international seaports.
The e-VOA and VOA cost IDR 500,000 (approximately $A 50), with the e-VOA charging a small online processing fee.
For the VOA, some airports, including Jakarta's international airport, are only accepting cash payment. Card payment facilities are available at Bali's international airport. ATM facilities may be in high demand. Be prepared to pay in cash if required.
The visa is valid for a 30 day stay and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by applying at an immigration office within Indonesia. Ensure you extend your visa within the initial 30 days to avoid an overstay fine and deportation.
To apply for a regular VOA, you must show:
Contact your travel agent, airline, or your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia for details.
If you're entering Indonesia from a port or airport that does not issue a visa on arrival, you must apply for a visa in advance of travel, including for tourism or business purposes.
Overstaying your permit may result in fines, detention and/or deportation.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
You can't work or conduct research in Indonesia unless you have the appropriate visa. Fines of IDR1,000,000 (approx. $A 100) per day apply for the maximum 60 day overstay period.
If you breach Indonesian immigration regulations, you may face:
You may not be allowed to enter Indonesia if you have a criminal record. This is regardless of how long ago the offence took place. If you're concerned, contact an Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia before you travel.
Indonesian immigration and visa decisions are final. The Australian Government can't help you.
If you're travelling on an emergency passport, you can only enter Indonesia if you have a visa from an Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia.
You'll be required to complete an e-customs declaration for arrival. You can complete this within 3 days of departure to Indonesia.
Check entry requirements with your travel provider or the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia before you travel.
You may be temperature checked on arrival at international and domestic airports. If you have fever symptoms, you may be referred to the airport clinic for further tests and asked to seek medical treatment. See your doctor or travel clinic before you travel to plan any vaccinations you need.
Indonesia, including Bali, currently has an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease affecting animals. In preparing to travel to Australia, read Smartraveller's advice on biosecurity and border controls. Measures include cleaning dirty shoes, clothing or equipment before boarding your flight to Australia and not packing meat or dairy products. On your Incoming Passenger Declaration, you must declare any meat, dairy or animal products and any of your travel in rural areas or near animals (e.g., farms, zoos, markets).
If you're staying in a private residence, not a hotel, register when you arrive with both:
If you plan to be in Indonesia for more than 30 days:
Indonesia won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave Indonesia. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over. You can end up stranded or returned back to your previous port overseas at your own cost, if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months from the date you enter and the date you plan to leave Indonesia.
Indonesia does not accept entry with an emergency passport, even if it is valid for more than 6 months. Ensure you enter Indonesia on a valid ordinary, official, or diplomatic passport.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply these rules inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Indonesian authorities have strict standards for damaged passports, and travellers have been refused entry into Indonesia with a damaged passport. Normal wear and tear, including water damage, minor tears or rips to the pages, can be considered damaged.
It's important that:
If you're not sure about the condition of your passport, call the Australian Passport Office on 131 232 or contact your nearest Australian embassy or consulate overseas. We may need to see your passport to assess it.
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
Declare cash in excess of IDR100,000,000 or equivalent when you arrive and leave. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
IDR100,000,000 is worth about $A10,000.
You may need a travel permit or Surat Keterangan Jalan to travel to some areas of the Papua provinces.
Check if you need a permit with the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia or with your travel provider.
Mobile phone reception and Wi-Fi are not always available, including in remote areas and some resort islands.
If you plan to stay in Indonesia for more than 90 days and would like to use your mobile phone purchased overseas, you'll need to register your mobile phone IMEI number with Indonesian Customs within the first 60 days of your stay.
If you plan to stay in Indonesia for less than 90 days, you can visit the local cellular operator/provider booth at the airport to get an access period to use the Indonesian cellular network, which is only valid for 90 days and includes data roaming.
A customs payment may be required, or a tourist SIM card can be purchased for short-term stays. You can use Wi-Fi networks without registration.
To stay in communication and avoid mobile service interruptions:
To drive in Indonesia, you need either:
Check that your licence or permit is appropriate for the type of vehicle you're driving.
Your Australian licence isn't enough.
Your travel insurer will deny any claims you make if:
Traffic can be extremely congested.
Road users are often unpredictable or undisciplined.
You're more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Indonesia than in Australia. Drive defensively. Some traffic incidents can escalate into violent disputes quickly.
Consider hiring a taxi or a driver who is familiar with local roads and traffic conditions.
Motorcycle accidents have killed and injured foreigners, including Australians. This includes in tourist areas, particularly Bali.
If you're riding a motorbike and there's an accident, you'll often be assumed to be at fault. You may be expected to compensate all parties.
If you hire a motorbike:
Always wear a helmet.
Buses can be crowded, particularly:
Safety standards may not be observed.
Only use official taxi companies. You can book these:
Check your taxi is official.
Unofficial operators can have taxis that look similar to those run by reputable companies.
Inter-city rail networks operate on the islands of Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi.
Commuter trains operate in Jakarta.
Trains can be crowded, particularly:
Travel by ferry or boat can be dangerous.
Passenger and luggage limits aren't always observed.
Equipment may not be properly maintained.
There may not be enough life jackets. It's unlikely that the crew will have life jackets for children.
In August 2023, three people went missing after a ship sank in the Thousand Islands off the coast of Jakarta.
In July 2023, 15 people died after a ferry sank off Sulawesi Island.
In January 2023, 23 passengers and 6 crew were rescued after an inter-island ferry sank while returning from Nusa Penida to Sanur Beach, Bali.
In May 2022, 19 people died after a ferry sank in the Makassar Strait.
In June 2018, a ferry sank on Lake Toba in Sumatra and 100s of people died.
If you plan to travel by sea between islands:
If appropriate safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.
Avoid travelling by water after dark unless the vessel is properly equipped. Avoid travel during wet weather or storms.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Indonesia's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
The European Union (EU) has published a list of airlines that have operating bans or restrictions within the EU. See the EU list of banned airlines.
Australian travellers should make their own decisions on which airlines to travel with.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Refer to the Bali Tourism Board’s list of police stations in Bali
Call (+6221) 526 4073.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Jalan Patra Kuningan Raya Kav. 1-4
Jakarta Selatan 12950
Make an appointment online or call (+62 21) 2550 5500 or (+62 21) 2550 5555.
Jalan Tantular 32
Denpasar Bali 80234
Wisma Kalla Lt. 7
Jalan Dr Sam Ratulangi No. 8
Makassar South Sulawesi 90125
Phone: (+62 411) 366 4100
Facebook: Australian Consulate-General, Makassar, Sulawesi
Level 3 ESA Sampoerna Center
Jl. Dokter.Ir. H. Soekarno No. 198
Klampis Ngasem, Sukolilo, Surabaya
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