Visa & Passport
If you’re travelling to Indonesia on a British passport, make sure you’ve got at least 6 months validity left beyond your intended departure date. You’ll also need to keep your arrival card to present to immigration when you leave. All travellers need a short stay tourist visa of 30 days which can arranged on arrival at the main international airports or seaports. This visa is free if you arrive and depart from Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Surabaya or Batam airports, though it is not extendable. If you arrive or depart from any other airports in Indonesia, you will need to pay US$35 for your visa. Passports must have one clear page available and you must obtain an onward ticket out of Indonesia.
If you’d like to find out more information on visas, take a look at the Indonesian embassy website.
The currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR). The exchange rate to the £ can be quite volatile and usually sits between IDR 15,000 and 20,000 to £1 . We recommend arriving with approximately US$300 in order to pay for your visa on arrival, and then exchange the rest at the airport, which will be useful for your first few expenses. Please note there is also a departure tax in Indonesia of IDR 200,000 per person so keep a little back for when you leave the country. However, at the time of writing in 2015 this fee is being phased out and incorporated into the price of flight tickets.
Credit and Debit Cards
There are plenty of cash points in Indonesia, though mostly in the larger cities. On Bali, it’s not a problem withdrawing or exchanging money, but it might be trickier on the smaller or less touristy islands like Flores where the only cash machines on the island are in Maumere and Labuhan Bajo. As these are sometimes broken or empty, make sure you have enough cash when you’re travelling to remote areas. It’s useful to keep some loose change handy too, so you don’t need to pull out your wallet every time you tip someone or buy a bottle of water. Note that credit and debit cards are not commonly accepted outside shops and restaurants in the major cities.