ndonesia is derived from Nagoya, Seoul, Singapore, Brunei,
"indos nesos", meaning New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne,
islands near India. It is Perth, Darwin, Port Hedland and
the world’s largest archipelago Auckland.
with exactly 17, islands spread The country’s second national
between the Asian continent and carrier, Merpati Nusantara
Australia, and between the Airlines, flies to 110 local
Pacific and the Indian oceans. destinations and to Australia
(Darwin), Brunei Darussalam and
Air transport is the easiest and East Malaysia (Kuching).
most comfortable means of travel
in Indonesia. Domestic air The country’s three main gateways
service, including the remote are Soekarno-Hatta International
areas are provided by Garuda Airport, Polonia Airport and
Indonesia, Merpati Nusantara, Ngurah Rai Airport.
Sempati Air, Bouraq and Mandala
Airlines. International airlines that serve
Indonesia are Singapore Airlines,
Garuda Indonesia, operates both Malaysian Airlines System (MAS),
international and domestic routes Qantas, Cathay Pacific, and JAL.
and the only airline with an
all-jet fleet for domestic ENTRY REGULATIONS
Indonesia operations. Garuda Citizens of most countries can
serves Honolulu, Los Angeles, stay 60 days without a visa.
London, Amsterdam, Brussels,
Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Rome, CLIMATE
Vienna, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Indonesia’s climate is tropical,
Riyadh, Ho Chi Minh City, hot, and humid but moderate in
Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, highlands.
Manila, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur,
The national language is Bahasa Inter-island ships are
Indonesia (a modified form of comfortable and offer an
Malay), English, English, Dutch, alternative to flying. There are
almost 600 local dialects, the regular sailing schedules and
most widely spoken of which is routes at the main port of
CURRENCY COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES
International Direct Dial Country
The official currency, Indonesian Code = 62
Rupiah (IDR) is valued at IDR Fixed Lines = 10,000,000
9,704.7 per US Dollar. Mobile Cellular = 30,000,000
DOMESTIC TRANSPORT Indonesia’s telecommunications
Domestic rail service is service is generally good,
available throughout Java, parts provided by an inter-island
of Sumatra, Jakarta, Bandung and microwave system, HF radio police
Surabaya. There are comfortable net, a domestic satellite
sleeper trains that serve communications system and
Yogyakarta, Solo, and Semarang. satellite earth stations.
Bus services are also available Indonesia’s GSM cellular service
and ply the Bali – Banda Aceh providers are Telkomsel, PTT
route; many are air-conditioned Saleti Palapa, Excelcom and PT
with reclining seats as well as Indosat.
TV with video programs. Cars can
also be hired, for longer out of Several prepaid calling card and
town trips, from taxi or car phone card companies are
rental companies. available to call both to and
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