Use caution when choosing a taxi in Indonesia. There are many unlicensed cars posing as taxis, especially in Jakarta. Using these services can be dangerous and could result in robbery or worse. Be sure to call for a reputable taxi such as Silver Bird, Blue Bird, or White Express when taking a taxi anywhere.
2. Night travel.
Driving at any time of day can be risky in Indonesia, but is it especially dangerous at night. Poorly lit areas, little use of headlights, and unexpected objects on the road are just a few of the obstacles you’ll encounter. Use extreme caution and avoid driving when it is unnecessary.
3. Dollar bills.
High levels of counterfeit U.S. dollars in Indonesia have resulted in unique measures taken by banks, exchange houses, and other institutions. The locations will not accept money issued prior to 1996 or bills that are worn, torn, or defaced. When taking out cash prior to your arrival, ask your bank to give you new bills that meet the 1996 cutoff date.
4. Carry copies of your passport.
You may encounter any number of situations when you may need your passport, including being stopped by local police or if a natural disaster hits. In the event of any emergency, you will be thankful you have a copy of your passport with you.
5. Use caution with credit cards.
Reports of credit card theft and fraud are on the rise in Indonesia. Use caution when choosing to use your credit card at any establishment, and be sure to notify your credit card company of your trip to help protect your account.
6. Drug use.
You should never engage in drug use in Indonesia. The penalties are severe for anyone found to be in possession, using, or trafficking drugs. Regardless of your U.S. citizenship, you will be subject to Indonesian law and penalties, which can include death.