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Jakarta
Travel Planning
Jakarta

Jakarta at a Glance

Jakarta is growing fast and its residents move faster. Join the hubbub and shop, eat, drink and dance in the burgeoning capital. During the day, museums and a few interesting neighborhoods will catch your eye. In your spare time, hunt for clothes, gifts, textiles and handicrafts at either market stalls or upscale malls. 

Jakara's small old town area contains a cluster of colonial-era buildings and the city's museums. Learn about the nation's long history, its colonization and its independence. Elsewhere, dig into the outpourings of Indonesian creativity by exploring art, music and religious rituals. Jakarta's real stars, however, are its bars and clubs and their diverse music and dance scenes. Join an all-night-and-into-the-morning rave, listen to acoustic guitar,  groove to rap or watch traditional dancers. Life in Jakarta is also about the immediate pleasures of dance, music, food, drink and good times. 

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport
      • Major Airport Soekarno–Hatta International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most tourists require an Indonesian visa to enter the country. A valid passport with at least two pages available for stamping and with at least six month's worth of validity remaining will be needed to get the visa. Learn about requirements through the Indonesian Embassy. American citizens can refer to the U.S State Department's website for additional guidance. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Gambir Station
      • Railroad Pasar Senen Train Station
      • Ferry Pelabuhan Satu
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Typhoon season lasts from October until April and this mirrors the wet season. Most travel is still possible during this time, but rural areas can get muddy and impassable. 

      Safety Concerns Indonesia has a zero tolerance policy towards drugs and tourists who are caught with drugs will face harsh punishments. Bali's club scene is fueled by ecstasy, but it is best not to indulge as raids often end in a police-administered drug test. As with anywhere else, keep your money close to you and be on the lookout for scammers, pickpockets and other thieves. 

      Health Concerns Visit your doctor two months before your trip to learn about vaccinations and health requirements. If you are sleeping outside, it is wise to sleep under a bug net and to apply insect repellent. Visitors should avoid drinking the water unless they purify or boil it first.