Health and Safety
Indonesia is widely considered a safe country although there is rising crime in tourist centers like Bali and hubs like Jakarta.
Indonesia has a 150% tax on imported alcohol making the price prohibitive for many locals as well as local businesses, which in recent years has caused a spike in the production of fake alcohol. If you experience any of the symptoms associated with methanol poisoning such as blurred vision, nausea, dizziness, or vomiting then you need to seek medical attention immediately. The best bet to avoid potentially fake alcohol is to bring your own duty free and drink that or stick to beer. Anything else is risky at best.
General vaccinations recommended for all travelers to Indonesia include diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, yellow fever, hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis.
Dengue fever is prevalent in Indonesia and visitors should take precautions to avoid being bitten. These include using insect repellent, avoiding going out at dusk, and covering up using long sleeved clothes at night. There is no vaccination or treatment as such for dengue fever.
Indonesia technically is a malarial zone although Bali and Jakarta are malaria free. If you are going off the beaten track then you need to think about taking anti-malarial prophylaxis and it is best to consult with a healthcare professional before travelling.
Healthcare in major cities is of an adequate standard but many Indonesians go to Malaysia or Singapore if they need serious medical attention, and so it is imperative that you have travel insurance for Indonesia that includes evacuation care to a neighboring country if things go wrong. For some more general information, you can visit our page about health precautions.