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Why do I need to report to the police when I visit Indonesia?

Some countries require that foreigners register their stay with the local police. Normally, if you're staying in a hotel then this is taken care of for you. If you are staying at a private residence ...
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Can a mixed-Muslim unmarried couple share hotel rooms in Indonesia?

I also posted an answer in the linked thread, though your case is slightly different. For reference, I lived in Java and now in Bali. It's not impossible that there are some hotels that will give you ...
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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

I stayed a long time in rural Aceh, so here are my tips: First of all, do not think of Indonesians as very religious. They are usually traditionalist (some may say conformist). This is different. ...
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Why do I need to report to the police when I visit Indonesia?

In Indonésia, when you stay more than 24 or 48 hours at someone's place, you have to register to some authority (not exactly the police, but I forgot the official name). This is not only foreigners. ...
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Is there a limit on the number of a single item I can take with me on a plane?

The airline won't care and won't know, as long as you pack it all in a bag that meets its luggage requirements (weight/dimensions). That's also why they won't even publish guidelines and let you make ...
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Why are Damri bus stations elevated?

The platform and high-entry door provide what is called 'Platform Level Boarding'. Platform level boarding refers to a transport system (normally relevant to buses) where the doors are at the same ...
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Are JKT and CGK the same Indonesian Airport?

JKT was the first Jakarta's airport, closed in 1985 and replaced by Halim Perdanakusuma (HLP) and Cengkareng/Sukarno-Hatta (CGK). JKT is simply a short for Jakarta as a destination; some booking site ...
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Why are Damri bus stations elevated?

It looks like this is for Bali's BRT system (and Lombok has one too under trial), which is modelled on Jakarta's TransJakarta (Tije), a pioneering busway service that aims to provide metro-like ...
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Can a mixed-Muslim unmarried couple share hotel rooms in Indonesia?

You are an unmarried couple of mixed religion. But do you have to disclose either? The easiest solution, if neither of you has any objection to doing so, is faking both a marriage and a shared ...
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Can a mixed-Muslim unmarried couple share hotel rooms in Indonesia?

Law says extra-marital sex is forbidden for Indonesian. Foreigner do whatever they please. And the mixed religion couple is no problem either. There are many mixed religion couple in Indonesia. They ...
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How safe are the ferries in Indonesia?

One by one: Yes, Indonesian ferries are that bad. Overcrowding is rife, safety precautions are often non-existent, and the open sea can often be rough. As a simple example, Jakarta Globe's category ...
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What are the restrictions imposed by the Sharia law in Aceh, Sumatra?

Aceh's sharia is pretty standard if strict stuff: No alcohol or gambling. No khalwat ("proximity") between unrelated, unchaperoned men and women. This extends not just to the obvious (eg. sharing a ...
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How to avoid getting hassled in Indonesia?

If your profile picture is to be believed, you're an orang putih, so the simple answer is: You can't avoid getting hassled in Indonesia. You're white and you're a tourist, so you must be wealthy (and ...
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Am I considered fully vaccinated for travel purposes if I have 6 weeks between the 1 and 2 doses?

The official recommendation from Pfizer is that the 2nd dose should be received between 3 and 6 weeks from the date of the 1st dose. This recommendation is mirrored by the US CDC, as well as the World ...
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How to avoid getting hassled in Indonesia?

Selling something I live in Indonesia so I get it a lot. When they come at me I banter with them. I tell them (the taxi drivers) to find the taxi "over there". I tell them "besok" (tomorrow). Until ...
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Public transport or bus routes in Bali (Indonesia) beaches

I recently visited Bali 2 months ago and I was also looking for the same information. Unfortunately there are only few bus routes available and for visiting famous places like beaches and temples , ...
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Can a mixed-Muslim unmarried couple share hotel rooms in Indonesia?

Haha. I traveled around Indonesia with a woman who was in fact my wife, but she carried a different country's passport and we certainly didn't bring a marriage license with us. Nobody challenged us ...
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Why is Diet Coke more expensive than regular Coca-Cola and other soft drinks in Indonesia?

Two possibilities spring to mind. Coca Cola is produced by local partners, http://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/bottler-web-sites it is possible that the local partner in Indonesia does ...
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Is it safe to travel from Singapore to Batam by ferry?

I live in Singapore, and have taken ferries to Batam and Bintan (another nearby island). Let me first clear up the confusion you have acquired by reading that page on Travelfish.org. They mention ...
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How to obtain a 60-day Indonesian tourist visa in Singapore?

It is possible to get a 60-day tourist visa at the Indonesian Consulate in Singapore. Documents to provide: 65 Singapore dollars in cash - they do not accept card payments, and they only accept ...
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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

I live in east Java and have been to Sumatra before, though I traveled alone so I have no direct experience traveling as an unmarried couple. However I have heard of foreigners being asked if they ...
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Are U.S. citizens barred from traveling to Indonesia?

Covid is not "over". Over the past 7 days there have been over half a million new cases of COVID-19 in the USA, and over 10,000 deaths. In Indonesia it's over 10,000 (reported) new cases, ...
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How much is a traveler affected by Ramadan in Indonesia?

The situation in Indonesia is very similar to Malaysia, and I'll quote my own answer to another question, with minor tweaks when applicable: While you certainly can get drinks and food, most places ...
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Bribing Indonesian police for missing motorbike license

The standard "on-the-spot fine" for minor and/or imaginary traffic infractions while white is Rp. 50,000. Indonesians may get away with less, the average bule will need to haggle to get even that low....
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Labuan Bajo to Ruteng to Bajawa by motorcycle, possible?

The information below is from 2015. State of the road The road used to be just one big lane (kind of 1 & a half lane). And it had its share of potholes. So whenever a vehicle came in the other ...
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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

I have travelled a lot in various parts of the world, and from experience I can add to the other points - wear wedding rings. Most people will assume you are married anyway if you are sharing a room. ...
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Why do I need to report to the police when I visit Indonesia?

Why should I report to the police? They just want to record the data, so if something bad happen (earthquake, volcanic eruption, etc) they will know who is missing. This is also applied if police or ...
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Kawah Ijen (Indonesia) volcano at night

You typically want to enter (yes, there is a kind of park entrance) Kawa Ijen as early as possible in order to avoid the dozens of people arriving by organized tours. I entered at 1am & it felt ...
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Covid Test Requirement for Dubai Transit From Ireland to Indonesia

Since your final destination is not Dubai, you do not need a PCR test for transiting. Emirates: Transiting passengers are not required to present a COVID 19‑PCR test certificate unless it is ...
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Which is the best time of year to visit Bali?

It is a tropical area, other than the density of the rain there is no much difference in the weather, temperatures are from 28-30C around the year. Dry season: April – September. With May, June and ...
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