Notes

Visa

Social Visa, term: 60 days – max. 6 months 

Before your stay you have to take care of your visa from Germany or the country you live in . With this visa you can stay up to 6 months in Indonesia by monthly extensions. The issuance of your visa takes place through the following Indonesian representations in Germany (you may find more locations online):

  • Berlin: Botschaft Republik Indonesien
  • Generalkonsulate in Hamburg und Frankfurt am Main

Find out which agency is closest to you and go there after all preparations for the application have been made. The application should be made 2 months before departure.

  • Your passport, valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia.
  • Two free pages in your passport
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Copy of air ticket or itinerary (outbound and return)
  • Colored biometric passport photo (min. 35 x 45 mm)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means (e.g. current bank statement) or certificate of earnings/salary statement
  • Copy of the transfer receipt of the administration fee.
  • Copy of valid residence permit in Germany (for non-EU citizens)
  • Invitation letter from a sponsor from Indonesia and a copy of his/her ID card
  • Completed visa application form
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope (registered mail)
  1. Informal financial guarantee letter from a parent (must be officially certified)
  2. Enrollment certificate of the university/college
  3. Certificate from the educational institution in Indonesia or internship contract from a company in Indonesia (we will do this together with you and the school management)

Flight connection

Destination airport: Denpasar Airport (DPS), international: Airport (Ngurah Rai) Denpasar

Bali’s Denpasar airport is not served directly from German-speaking countries. From Europe, various airlines fly to Denpasar, for example, via Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Doha or Taipei.

Connections with only one stop are recommended. The flight time is between 16 and 24 hours, depending on the duration of the stopover. From experience, you can look forward to the flight. There are meals and a wide range of movies and entertainment in case you don’t want to sleep.

Airfares can vary widely, so it’s worth comparing different dates.

With more waiting time at the stopover, you can get by with about 600€ for the return flight, but sometimes you have to pay 700€ or 800€ for faster connections. Cheap flight options are available from Frankfurt am Main or Amsterdam.

Medical notes

Vaccinations:

Note: If you are not from Germany, check with your local tropical institute or doctor.

Before your departure, you should inform yourself about the current recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute or the Tropical Institute regarding vaccination recommendations and have them refreshed if necessary.

Get advice from your family doctor/information center a few months in advance, as a vaccination must be repeated several times, at intervals of several weeks.

You can also find important information at www.auswaertiges-amt.de with Indonesia as your travel destination.

You should discuss the following topics with your family doctor or the tropical institute in time:

occurs frequently in Indonesia. The viral disease is transmitted by diurnal mosquitoes. There is a year-round risk of transmission with accumulation during the rainy season. There is no vaccination or medical protection.  Tips for protection against mosquito bites and insect bites are wearing long clothing, suitable insect spray, incense spirals or essential oils such as lemon, eucalyptus, citronella and basil oil.

as there is a possible transmission through free-roaming dogs.

not mandatory for your trip, but recommended for your own protection.

Transmission is possible through the bite of nocturnal Anopheles mosquitoes. Untreated, the dangerous Malaria Tropica in particular is fatal in non-immune Europeans. Malaria can also occur weeks to months after the stay. In case of fever, chills, aching limbs or diarrhea, a doctor should be consulted immediately.

Transmission routes include unprotected sexual contact, tattoos, unclean syringes or needles, and blood transfusions

Transmission occurs from person to person via droplet infection. Due to improper or discontinued treatments, there is an increasing number of resistant tuberculosis pathogens, which occurs more frequently than in Central Europe.

Temperatures

Bali is very close to the equator and the rainy season and dry season regulates tourism. Generally it is always hot between about 22-33 degrees.

Dry season and therefore the high season is from April to October.

Rainy season is from November to March During the rainy season it is possible that some hotels and restaurants are closed.

Nevertheless, it is warm with high humidity and after the rain showers the sun shines. It is different during the transitional periods to/after the rainy season, when almost everything is in normal operation.

Clothing
Whether rainy or dry season it is always pleasantly warm and the days are always the same length. Sunrise is at about 6 am and sunset at about 6 pm, after that a light sweater or jacket is enough to put on.

Clothing you should remember:

  • Shoulder and knee-covered clothing, no noticeable piercings or tattoos or if possible, cover them up for school.
  • Airy, breathable cotton clothing, sturdy or closed shoes for school and scooter riding, sandals, flip flops for the beach.
  • shorts, T-shirts, bikini, swimming trunks, long-sleeved
  • Sweater and long airy pants for sun protection e.g. when scootering or working at school
  • rain jacket/rain pants for the rain showers

Insurance

Generally, there are two different offers for health insurance abroad, depending on the length of your stay. You can either insure yourself for the duration of a single trip or take out an annual contract. If you travel more than once a year, an annual insurance is worthwhile.

A few key points should help you in your search:

  1. Do you have private insurance?
  2. How long do you travel abroad?
  3. Are you a student?
  4. Which benefits are important to you? (medical repatriation, rescue etc.)
  5. How high should the deductible be?
  6. Where do I take out health insurance abroad?

Check with your health insurance company if they offer international health insurance or take out an additional insurance that suits your stay abroad.

International driving license

The international driver’s license is an additional document that supplements the national driver’s license and is only valid in conjunction with it. It is intended to make it easier for the police abroad to check whether you are authorized to drive the respective motor vehicle.  You can apply for the international driving license at the road traffic offices (Führerscheinstelle). For the application you need your German driver’s license and a current biometric photo. The international driver’s license costs about 15 euros.  

Indonesian cuisine

In Indonesia, much of the cuisine revolves around rice, noodles, meat and vegetables. The various ways of preparation, spices and sauces give in the end a real taste experience. Of course, in the tourist areas you will find numerous restaurants and cafes that also offer the European dishes such as pizza, pasta and burgers. But if you want to get the real Indonesian taste, you have to go to the street food stalls or lovingly decorated warungs.

Here you can find an overview of the typical dishes in Indonesia. You should not leave Indonesia without having tried these dishes.  Let yourself be surprised and have fun trying them!

  1. Nasi Campur (Nasi- rice, Campur- mix e.g. vegetables)
  2. Bakso (meatball soup)
  3. Nasi Ayam (Nasi – rice, Ayam – chicken)
  4. Nasi / Mee Goreng (Mee- noodles, Goreng- fried)
  5. Sate Ayam (skewer with chicken and peanut sauce)

The best taste experience is usually found outside at almost inconspicuous family businesses with small homemade carts on the side of the road. They sell their homemade Indonesian food for very little money. “Street food” a must for anyone who really wants to experience Indonesia.

Packing list

  • Vaccination certificate
  • Passport (valid for at least another 6 months, no temporary passport, remember to apply in time, it usually takes up to 9 weeks(valid for at least another 6 months and with at least two free pages incl. return ticket/exit ticket)
  • Visa application
  • International driving license + normal driving license (only valid together)
  • Small bag for valuables
  • Long clothes for school and scooter riding (sun protection)
  • Hat/head protection, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • It is recommended to take a backpack, suitcases are unhandy on the spot
  • Sunscreen or insect repellent
  • Credit card or Maestro card. Money can be withdrawn from the ATM with Visa Card or MaestroCard in the respective currency. Possible costs please inquire beforehand with the responsible money provider.
  • Laptop/tablet for preparation or research for class
  • Stomach protection tablets e.g. charcoal tablet, Buscopan, in case your stomach has to adapt to the cuisine and spices of Indonesia. Always drink plenty of water (no tap water)!
  • Voluntarily bring children’s songs, children’s games, stickers or the like.

Tips

Tip: This is a solid basic vocabulary. The pronunciation is exactly how it reads!

  1. My name is … – Nama saya…
  2. Good morning – Selamat pagi
  3. Good day – Selamat siang
  4. Good evening –  Selamat malam
  5. How are you? –  Apa kabar?
  6. I am well – Saya baik oder saya baik baik sja
  7. I am not doing so well – Saya merasa ngga enak
  8. Thank you – Terima kasih
  9. Thanks – Ma kasih
  10. Please – Silakan
  11. I need help – Saya minta tolong
  12. Excuse me – Maaf
  13. Food – Makan
  14. I am hungry – Saya mau makan
  15. Goodbye – Selamat jalan
  16. See you tomorrow – Sampai jumpa besok

Alcohol:

With alcoholic beverages you should always make sure that you buy them in a reputable supermarket and that they are sold in a closed bottle or can and opened before your eyes. This way you can make sure that they are not contaminated drinks, methadone poisoning plays a big role in this. Since it is a cheap raw material, it is often mixed with drinks and can cause serious health damage and in the worst case it can be fatal.

Drugs:

All kinds of drugs are strictly forbidden and even the possession of small amounts of drugs often leads to heavy prison sentences. The death penalty for drug offenses is also carried out on foreigners. There is therefore an urgent warning against the acquisition, possession, distribution, importation and exportation of narcotics. Taking or transporting items for third parties without knowledge of the contents can also have disastrous consequences.

Riding a scooter:

The main means of transport are the scooters or the motorcycles. The scooters are not comparable with those from Europe, because they have no speed limit and sometimes go up to 100km / h.

There is left-hand traffic and there are few rules or traffic lights:

  • If a vehicle comes towards you with flashing lights, it means that the person will drive and you have to wait!
  • Honking signals “I’m here”, which you should use frequently.
  • Overtaking is done from all directions, so always remember to look over your shoulder.
  • Look in all directions before you turn
  • Always wear a helmet and ride with lights on
  • Never ride drunk or with more than two people on a scooter
  • Always carry your valuables under your clothes close to your body or under the seat, never openly in a bag
  • Long clothing protects you from the sun and from injury in the event of an accident
  • Registration is only possible with a valid driver’s license
  • If you do not feel safe on a scooter in traffic, you can always call a cab or hire a driver to get you from A to B.

Inform yourself in advance about the regulations in Indonesia, so that you are spared unpleasant surprises and you can enjoy your stay.