Currency & Credit Cards
Indonesian currency is denominated in Rupiah and freely convertible. Major world currencies and travellers checks can be converted to or from Indonesian rupiah atall major hotels.
Exchange rates are somewhat more favourable at local banks, and better still at special money-changing offices. Major international credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diner's Club) are widely accepted. Automated teller machines (ATMs) are found throughout the city. Exchange rate in September 2014: 1 USD = 11,764 Rp. and 1 EUR = 15,460.78 Rp.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Visitors to Indonesia must obtain a visa from one of the Indonesian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or one of the countries eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Effective from 1st October 2013, The Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration replaced the previous version of diplomatic and service passports with the current version in order to maintain a high security precaution and to fulfill the International Civil Aviation Organization standard.
Tourists holding passport from the following 15 countries are eligible to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days
This applies only if arriving at one of the following airports: Ambon (AMQ), Balikpapan (BPN), Bandung (BDO), Batam (BTH), Biak (BIK), Denpasar-Bali (DPS), Jakarta:Soekarno-Hatta (CGK), Kupang (KOE), Lombok (LOP), Makassar (UPG), Manado (MDC), Medan Kuala Namu (KNO), Padang (PDG), Palembang (PLM), Pekan Baru (PKU), Pontianak (PNK), Surakarta (Solo) (SOC) or Surabaya.
Visa on Arrival (VOA)
Nationals of the following 62 countries may apply for a Visa on Arrival for a length of stay of 30 days by paying US$35 at major entry points. European Union All European Union and EFTA citizens EXCEPT Croatia also the citizens of countries listed below:
Visa Before Arrival
Nationals who are not eligible for visa free or VOA need to apply the visa at an Indonesian embassy or consulate. Nationals of San Marino require visa at all times including for transit. Otherwise other nationalities can transit through Indonesian airports for up to 8 hours. Nationals of Iran used to be able to avail the visa-on-arrival facility but such facility was suspended in the middle of 2013.
Nationals of Afghanistan, Cameroon, Guinea, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, and Somalia are required approval from Immigration Office in Indonesia before travelling for Business, Tourist and Social Visits purposes. This policy is called 'Indonesian Calling Visa', a visa that is issued upon approval.