Travel info and visa
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic country with more than 17,500 islands under its territory. It has a tropical climate as it is located between Australia and Asia continent and is passed by an equator line. Given its abundant islands stretched over an extensive area, the country is divided into three time zones: GMT +7 for Western Indonesia Time (Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan), GMT +8 for Central Indonesia Time (South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara) and GMT +9 for East Indonesia Time (Maluku and Papua).
Up till 2016, Indonesia’s population is predicted to have exceeded 250 million people, making it as world’s fourth largest one. Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, which means unity in diversity, is the country’s national slogan that serves as life guidance for Indonesians. The slogan describes Indonesia as united amidst a number of different religions, hundreds of ethnic groups and local languages coupled with various traditions and cultures.
More than 80% of Indonesians practice Islam and the remaining embrace Christianity, Hindu, Buddha, Kong Hu-Chu and native-faiths. All of them are recognized by the government. Indonesia’s national language is Bahasa Indonesia with the English Language frequently used by its residents as the foreign language is included in the school curriculum. Some phrases in Bahasa Indonesia that are worthy of knowing are:
- Selamat Pagi (Good Morning)
- Selamat Siang (Good Afternoon)
- Selamat Malam (Good Night)
- Terima Kasih (Thank You)
- Tolong (Please)
- Apa Kabar (How Are You)
- Maaf (Sorry)
- Permisi (Excuse me)