South East Asia holidays
General Travel Information
Indonesia Visa On Arrival
Generally Indonesian immigration office has removed the seven-day Visa On Arrival. It now only issues VOA for a 30-day stay for US$25, which can be extended for another 30 days. The regulation on VOA with 7 days validity at USD 10 / person is only applicable for entrance to specific trading area of Batam, Bintan, & Karimum (Riau).
With effect from 28 May 2007, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia has extending its VOA facility to nationals of 63 countries and adds Turkish in to the list by early this year that made the permitted nationality in having Visa On Arrival in total of 64 countries. Asean member counties are free from the obligation of getting Visa On Arrival as well as some other countries as below listed:
Hong Kong SAR
Rupiah. The rupiah (Rp) is the official currency of Indonesia. Issued and controlled by the Bank of Indonesia, the ISO 4217 currency code for the Indonesian rupiah is IDR. Informally, Indonesians also use the word "perak" ('silver' in Indonesian) in referring to rupiah. The rupiah is subdivided into 100 sen, although inflation has rendered all coins and banknotes denominated in sen obsolete.
The current rupiah consists of coins from 25 rupiah up to 1000 rupiah (1 rupiah are officially legal tender but are effectively worthless and are not circulated), and from banknotes of 1000 rupiah up to 100,000 rupiah. With US$1 generally worth about 8,500 rupiah (since April 2011), the largest Indonesian banknote is therefore worth approximately US$11,76.
Local currency (Indonesian Rupiah-IDR): up to IDR 5,000,000.-, must be declared to customs. For amounts up to IDR 100,000,000.- a form of the Central Bank should be filled out. Amounts exceeding IDR 100,000,000.- require an approval from the Central Bank or External Affairs. Approval can be obtained from the headquarters of the Central Bank in Jakarta, local branches or Indonesian representatives abroad. Violation will result in heavy fines.
Foreign currencies: amounts exceeding the equivalent of IDR 100,000,000.- (approx. USD 11,000.-) must be declared.
Indonesia Tipping Etiquette
Remember that tipping is discretionary. If you don't think tipping is necessary in a particular circumstance, then don't tip. This is a guide for clients who are planning to tip and want to know the customary amount.
Indonesian people will not get offended should a client drop them a tip after having their good service.
This is a guide and It is not implying a moral obligation to tip or by the other word tipping is not a must. That said, if you are using a service that is widely-known to be a tipped service, such as restaurants, bars, hair salons, valet parking, etc., then we believe there is a moral obligation to tip for good service. Here we would like to give some rough etiquette in terms of tips and minimum amount allocated for it.