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Essential things to know before travelling to Indonesia

Essential things to know before travelling to Indonesia

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Indonesia is a country well known for its magnificent tourist attractions and to be specific; coral reefs, beaches, the iconic rice paddies, and volcanic mountains. One of the most famous islands located in the Indonesian archipelago is Bali. The island provides homage to over four million residents and has been a tourism hotbed for decades.

Indonesia boasts of many more marvels that will make your stay or safari worthwhile. They include visiting temples, watersports, trekking along volcanic slopes, and many more. These activities make it an exciting trip for the Indonesia liveaboard cruise, which is one of the most popular tour packages in the country.

It is vital to note that as you enjoy the holiday, there are some key things that you have to take into account. This review will look at the health and safety regulations, Tourist Visas, and useful tips for tourists.


The most common complaints in Indonesia are stomach pains as a result of contaminated food, water, and ice. Contaminants in food can lead to dehydration, diarrhea, or hepatitis A or D.  You should drink bottled water. Fungal infections are also very rampant; you should wear loose clothes, bath regularly, and dry yourself thoroughly.

Also, take note of malarial areas; some of the destinations such as Bali are malaria-free. Mosquitoes at sea are not rampant, which means you can be calm when on the liveaboard cruise.

Consult with a health professional regarding the vaccinations you should take before traveling to Indonesia. Also, while on a cruise if you feel unwell, seek help from health workers.

Security and Safety

Traveling anywhere comes with its risks, but Indonesia is a relatively safe space for all tourists who go there. You are advised to be calm when safety issues arise so that you can be able to make informed and calculated decisions.

The northern part of the country is prone to violence and internal conflicts, so it is advisable to stay away from such volatile areas. Also, avoid being outside secluded areas at night because these can be crime spots.

Most of the tourist areas in Indonesia, including Bali, Flores, Komodo, and Wakatobi, and plenty more besides have not reported any threats to security in a long while, so guests who are on the liveaboard cruises are safe.

Tourists Visas 

Changes were made to the Indonesia visa regulations in February of 2004. Check on the laws frequently as they are prone to change. One must also have a valid passport for at least six months from the date of arrival.

There are eleven nations whose citizens are eligible for a 30 day Visa such as Malaysia, Morocco, Hong Kong, Philippines, Macau, and Vietnam, among others. For other nations, there is a seven or thirty-day Visa available they include Unite Kingdom, South Africa, Argentina, USA, UAE, and plenty more besides. Proof of a return ticket is a must.

This Visa is available at all international airports and borders. If your republic does not fall under the above categories or you need to stay past thirty days, you need to get a Visa overseas. There are specific requirements for Portuguese and Israeli nationals.

Useful Tips for Tourists

Adventure & Activities

Travelers visiting Indonesia to take a liveaboard cruise will have several chances to indulge locally. There are also a host of national parks, volcanoes, and other sites of natural interest that will enrich your vacation here.


There are plenty of internet cafes in the main cities and tourist areas, although speeds can still be slow in some areas. Due to the isolated nature of the liveaboard cruises in Indonesia, most of the boats do not provide Wi-Fi service.