Country: Indonesia is located in southeast Asia and is comprised of more than 13,000 islands. It shares borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include the Philippines, Australia, and Palau – an Indian territory. Indonesian is the primary language spoken. Its capital is Jakarta.
To access emergency services: Dial 118 or 119
Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Indonesia, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in an Indonesian hospital: In Jakarta, group practice medical clinics are the most utilized. They offer a wide range of specialists and are capable of handling most routine medical needs. They also provide the best standard of medical care in Indonesia.
In addition to a full range of specialists, facilities in the largest cities generally include laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, dental care, physiotherapy, ambulances, and emergency room services.
You will need to pay cash at the completion of all medical consultations. Very few medical facilities in Indonesia, outside the main centers, accept credit cards. When they do, they often only accept VISA and Master Card.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Indonesia: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Indonesia-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.