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Indonesia travel FAQ

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/1/2013 at 21:28

This is a (very much work in progress!) collection of links to useful information about Indonesia (both on and off Travelfish). We'll update it as more interesting or useful stuff appears. If you know of another interesting resource worth adding, please mention it in the comments. Thanks! Introduction Home to more than 220 million people and comprised of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia boggles the mind when it comes to travel potential. The vast majority of travellers get no further than Ba ...

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Indonesian Digital Nomad and Retirement Visas

Posted by davelliot on 19/9/2022 at 06:17

Today heard a radio segment on what they said were 2 new types of visas. First a 6 month digital nomad visa. Followed this up finding this summary from a website- 

..The decision to offer a digital nomad visa is one that has been discussed by the Indonesian government in great depth. Yesterday, after more than a year of prolonged discussions, the country’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, revealed that travelers wanting to enter Indonesia for a “work ...

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'Other' things to do whilst in Bali ?

Posted by sandyfreckle on 6/7/2022 at 01:28

Hi all..., like many others I've been to Bali a few times over the years and intend returning again soon. I'd like to take a pause after returning from a trip to Sumba, to stay in Bali..., probably around Sanur initially. 

Simply put, I'm seeking recommendations of special places to eat.., places to visit.., interesting things to do that are not to mainstream - from all over the island. I have a couple of interests already pencilled in; visit Munduk for a day or 2 - take in surroun ...

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Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD)

Posted by gecktrek on 25/7/2022 at 07:00

hey, i'm planning on traveling to flores, indfonesia for a month, and have been reading about foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), does anyone from indonesia have any updates as to how serious this disease is in indonesia?  a tad concerned that flights from australia might be cancelled!


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Early checkout-Late flight

Posted by kdwhitworth on 12/7/2022 at 01:57


I’m looking for recommendations on options for eight hours between my lodging checkout and my flight out of Bali. I’m not able to get a later checkout time. Rent a hotel room? Beach club?

Thanks in advance-



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Gili Islands & More

Posted by SocialTom on 28/6/2022 at 04:59


I'm chasing an update on the Gili Islands. We're heading over in August. 

... Boats from Bali. We always used to wing it and get tickets the day before or at the port, we found it far more economical. Is this still possible?

... What are the approx tourism numbers like compared to pre pandemic.. 25%, 50%, 75%...?

... Are the scuba shops operating..?

Not Gili related, but we'll be spending night 1 in Bali. Understanding tourist numbers are down ...

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Banda Aceh to Lake Toba

Posted by Digitarius on 24/7/2019 at 10:32

I am planning a trip to Aceh in Sumatra, from there travel to Lake Toba and who knows where from there. I am in Yogyakarta now so plan on going to Aceh in August sometime. Anyone made that trip or can offer some advice or direction, much appreciated. ...

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Day Trip from Sanur to Nusa Penida?

Posted by dewilondo on 29/7/2019 at 19:08

Hello Travelfish et al, Saw your recent newsletter feature on Nusa Penida. Looks great. I don't have time to stay overnight there. Would you recommend a day trip? I'll be staying a few nights in Sanur and might want to get away to a quieter beach. Would need a restaurant recommendation for lunch. Thanks. ...

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Overstay Fine Increase

Posted by davelliot on 5/6/2019 at 05:08

From May this year Indonesian overstay fine has increased to 70 $ a day . 'The reason is to give a deterrent effect to violating foreigners," said Agung Sampurno, Head of Public Relations and Data of the Directorate General of Immigration, as quoted by Detiknews. Previously, the fine imposed was only $30 (Rp. 300,000), and Mr Sampurno said that the amount did not provide a deterrent effect for foreigners who violated their visas...' Excerpt from SBS Indonesia news website. ...

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Sumatra-Java or Sumbawa-Flores? What to choose?

Posted by andreynel on 7/12/2019 at 00:19

Hi! Now I'm thinking of visiting Indonesia and I have some options: 1. Time of visit: end of December-January or end of January-February. The total of time I'm gonna spend in Indonesia is 1-1,5 months (maybe 2 months). 2. Where to go: I'm thinking of two options: western part (Sumatra and Java) or eastern ( Sumba wa, Flores, Sumba maybe). What are your suggestions? What time and what itinerary to choose? One of my concerns is the weather. I know it's a rainy season, but probably it ...

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alternative to fast boats in Indonesia

Posted by ambersaffron on 29/12/2017 at 19:34

I've been reading about the safety issues with fast boats in Indonesia, specifically from Bali to the Gilis. I'm a nervous boat traveller. Is there an alternative to the fast boats? ...

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Getting around on Flores

Posted by u2tool on 21/10/2019 at 03:02

Looking at a week to ten days on Flores this early June, and trying to get a handle on getting around. Contemplating LBJ, then on to Wae Rebo, and on to Bajawa . From there we'd either come back to LBJ, or add Riung and then return. I'm planning to use car and driver - pricing around 600k per day seems not exorbitant - then renting bikes in Bajawa for extra liberty. My questions is mostly about practicality of driver/car. Am I better off renting a car for the whole period on the road (not ...

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Recommendation for Lombok visa agent?

Posted by antoniamitchell on 28/8/2019 at 07:10

Hi. I'm currently in Indonesia on a 60 day tourist visa, and I'm interested in getting it extended (converted) to give me another 30 days, to save doing a run. I'll be in LOMBOK at the time I need to renew it. As I'll need a sponsor and the process is a bit complicated, I wanted to find an agent to take care of the paperworkand sponsor for me. Can anyone who has done an extention in Lombok recommend a reliable and trustworthy local agent? Thanks ...

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Togean Island Questions

Posted by dewilondo on 18/7/2019 at 16:46

In October, 2019 I will be traveling to the Togeans to see an Indonesian friend who lives on one of the islands. He says,"Jangan kuatir!" (don't worry) but I'm interested in other travelers experiences with the topics listed below. Also wondering if anyone else on this forum is going in October. The good folks at Travelfish have helped me figure out my inter-island air and boat transport – thank you, Stuart! 1) Safety and reliability of "speedboats" from Amapana to W ...

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Posted by tezza on 5/7/2019 at 10:37

I have just put an overview of GILI LAYAR in the TRIP REPORTS section. I will put a review of the only resort there in the INDONESIA ADDITIONS section when I find time. Ditto info, pix and maps on TEZZA'S BEACHES AND ISLANDS. ...

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Gili Gede Overview

Posted by tezza on 29/6/2019 at 04:04

Just put an overview of Lombok's GILI GEDE on the forum, but unfamiliarity due to long absence saw me posting it on the SE ASIA FORUM. Overview of nearby GILI LAYAR coming up - hopefully I'll get it onto this forum (DUH!!) ...

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Nusa Penida

Posted by rossndeb95 on 8/1/2019 at 08:21

We are planning on travelling to Nusa Penida this year and want to know when is the best time to go. We plan on doing a lot of snorkeling so want to go when the weathers best for this. We would also like to know the best areas to stay for snorkeling. ...

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Sideman, Bali

Posted by gatoguts on 24/5/2018 at 18:57

Does Sideman get cool enough at night that lack of aircon in my room should not be a problem? ...

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Sumatra itinerary help and suggestions

Posted by maristia on 2/9/2018 at 04:13

Hey guys. We are heading to Sumatra. We've been in Indonesia before, so we plan to spend our whole 30 visa on arrival time (or close) there. We arrive in Medan from Penang. We know we would like to visit north and central Sumatra primarily. We are looking at Ketambe, Bukit Lawang (is it overkill to do both? Are they too similar or are they both worth visiting considering we have a whole month there?), Berastagui, Lake Toba. Then we are looking at some south coast beach island, which c ...

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Indonesia Lion Air Crash on Flight from Jakarta

Posted by exacto on 29/10/2018 at 13:20

I've been following news reports on the Lion Air crash shortly after takeoff from Jakarta earlier today. Those reports mention 189 people on board including two foreign nationals. ...

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