Last updated: 4 Feb 2021



The Capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is a city of contrasts, a fascinating Asian destination where on one side of the city old sailing schooners trade spices in a scenario that has not changed for centuries, while just streets away impressive new glass and steel skyscrapers create a skyline that has been transformed beyond all recognition over the last few decades.

Ragunan Zoo is interesting for visitors who don't have time to head east to Komodo National Park itself, where one can see the famous dragons in the flesh, as well as the equally fearsome Java tigers.

Many sightseeing trips starting off at the historic waterfront and the Kota district, and then head inland towards the Gambir and Menteng districts. Kota is home to the Jakarta History Museum, the Puppet Museum and the old port of Sunda Kelapa with its charming old schooners, which turn the clock back through the centuries and give a real flavour of old Batavia.

This is the most attractive part of the city and a great place to spend time in on a hot day when there are cooling sea breezes.
Capital:  Jakarta (JKT)
Currency:  Indonesia Rupiah (IDR) 
Language:  Bahasa Indonesia. Over 500 dialects are also spoken. Dutch is spoken as a second language. English is widely understood in the tourist areas. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 62
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +7 (covering Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan)
UTC /  GMT +8 (covering East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara)
UTC / GMT +9 (covering Maluku and Irian Jaya)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1; Feb 12; Mar 11, 12, 14; Apr 2; May 1, 12-14, 17, 18, 26; Jun 1; Jul 20; Aug 10, 17; Oct 19; Dec 24-26

Side of the Road: Left. 
Best Time to Go: May – September (dry season)      
Best for: Beach Resorts, Surfing, Religious Sites.
Plugs: 220volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs used are European-style with two circular metal pins.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised. Bottled water is available. 
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.  Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. Medication is expensive: if you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.
Customs: Muslim women prefer not to shake hands. Shoes should be removed before entering a home or place of worship. Avoid using your left hand, especially when eating. Respect to religious customs should also be shown during the month of Ramadan. Public displays of affection should be avoided. While Bali is casual, dress should be conservative in Muslim areas (such as Aceh) and when visiting religious buildings. Beachwear and revealing clothing should be reserved for the beach / poolside and resort areas. Avoid causing someone to “lose face” by insulting them or contradicting them in public, or by showing too much anger.
Local Offences / Laws: Beggars, buskers and unofficial tour guides can be fined. Gambling is illegal. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Permission should be asked before photographing the interior of mosques. Terrorist bombings occurred in 2005. Certain regions may not be safe for travel – check the local political situation before travelling. 
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Indonesia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic beverages.
• Gifts up to a value of US$250 per person or US$1,000 per family.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited and restricted goods include narcotics, firearms and ammunition, air guns, sharp weapons, explosives, pornography, animals, fish, plants, films and video recordings.
Prohibited Exports: It is forbidden to take tortoise shells, crocodile skins or ivory out of the country.

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: For Travel Updates refer:

Indonesia: Domestic Tourism.

Bali Entry Requirements:  Domestic Tourism Only. Bali had announced that it would be reopening for International Travel during September, however official dates are not confirmed.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

a) The Indonesian Embassy
949 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083
P.O Box 13155, Hatfield, 0082, Pretoria, 0002
Tel: (012) 342 3350
Fax: (012) 342-3369
Consular:0900 -1200 Mon-Fri

Indonesian Consulate-General
124 Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth,
7708, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 761-7015
Fax: (021) 761-7022
Visa Hours: 09h30 - 13h00 (Mon-Fri)

Visa Requirements

Visas are required by SA passport holders and can be issued on arrival in Indonesia if the purpose of the visit is tourism, business, social & cultural visits and official government business, giving lecture or attending a seminar, attending a meeting held by HQ or representative office in Indonesia or continuing onto another country.The visa on arrival will be issued for a stay of up to 30 days. Anything longer than 30 days, a visa has to be obtained PRIOR to arrival .
The passport must be valid for more than 6 months upon arrival date and have at least 2 blank pages, passenger is to be in possession of return ticket, proof of accommodation  and an invitation letter from Indonesia for business and social visits.   Visas are FREE for SA passport holders.

The link
shows the list of countries and PORT OF ENTRY that has the free visa facility. If your port of entry is not on the list, it means that the passenger is to apply for a visa prior to arrival.

NOTE: When in Bali, it is better to take USD cash and exchange it in Bali. Credit cards are accepted but not all places accept them.

SA Representative

South African Embassy.
Suite 705, 7th Fl, Wisma GKBI.
JI Jend. Sudirman No. 28 Jakarta, 10210
Tel: (006221) 2991 2500

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Japanese Encephalitis (Not available in SA), Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk