Are ATM’s available in Indonesia?

How can I withdraw money on Java and Bali?

Yes, in most places you can find an ATM where you can easily withdraw cash money.

With one bank card you can withdraw money two or three times a day. Depending on the type of ATM the maximum is between 500,000 rupiah to 2,500,000 rupiah at a time (around 30 to 150 euros). Your bank will charge costs each time you withdraw money (around 2 or 3 euros). This depends on your bank’s policy.

To be able to withdraw money abroad you need a bank card with a Maestro, V PAY or Cirrus logo. To avoid fraud, most banks block their bank cards, so the cards cannot be used outside of the own region (like Europe). Make sure you change the area in which you can use your card to “worldwide” before departure. Often this can easily be arranged via internet banking.

To avoid problems, it is wise not to depend on one bank card only. Many guests also bring their credit card. You can also withdraw cash at an ATM  with a credit card. However, the transaction costs are higher, around 4 euros at a time.

Do you like to know where to find an ATM in Indonesia? Check the websites of Maestro (for Mastercard and Cirrus) and Visa (for V PAY).

Bank and credit card costs

To send money or to withdraw money at an ATM in Indonesia, using the services from your own bank or creditcard company, will come with high transaction costs. Next to the transaction fee, your bank or credit card company will convert the money by adding a percentage to the exchange rate. So whether you withdraw money in cash or transfer the money to an Indonesian bank account, the costs are high.


If you like to save on the costs, you can consider to use a Wise.

Wise is an online platform for sending and receiving money internationally. It was created in 2011 in the UK.
It works completely different than ordinary banks. Wise has domestic bank accounts in many different countries of the world. Wise uses these domestic bank accounts for the payments, so you save on international fees.

Debit card as a credit card

Wise debit cardFor who?

The Wise debit card is available for residents of Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Brazil and can be used in many countries in the world, including Indonesia.

What is a Wise debit card?

A debit card means you have to put money on the card before you can use it (with the money on the card it works like a credit card but it is not a “credit” card on which you can loan money, so you are not charged interest). You can put the money in your own currency, but also in other currencies, like the rupiah.
Wise is member of the Mastercard network, so the Wise debit card is accepted where ever (shops, hotels, ATM’s)  a Mastercard is accepted.
Check the websites of Maestro (for the Mastercard netwerk) for the available ATM’s.

Why a Wise debit card?

  • Real-time exchange rate
    Wise processes so much international payments that they can use real-time foreign exchange rates (the mid-rate) without adding a percentage, instead of your bank who distincts between buyer-exchange rate and the seller exchange rate.
  • Low fees
    The fees are very low compared to regular bank cards.
    So if you you like to save money on the bank costs, use the Wise debit card. With Wise you get more rupiah for your euro.

Transfer money to your Wise account, change it into any currency you like, using a fair exchange rate, and spend it like a local.

How to get it?

First you register at Wise on your computer (later you can download the Wise app on your phone).

When register Wise will ask you to identify yourself, according to the international agreements to keep international banking safe. The verification procedure is easy and quick. When your account is verified you can apply for the debit card.

How to use it?

Do you like to pay for your dinner in a restaurant? you can use your Wise debit card like any Mastercard credit card, without the high costs.

Do you need to withdraw money at an ATM? Use your Wise debit card at an ATM where Mastercard is accepted and get your money for free (or for a resonable small fee).

When you are in transit in another country and like to buy some food or drinks, you can use your Wise debit card in the local currency.

What do other travellers say?

Wise has very good reviews on Trustpilot and is easy to use.

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Wise Money Transfer

Often it is easier to transfer money than to withdraw the money at an ATM, because of the daily limit and transfer costs.

When you transfer from a regular bank you pay administration costs which can be as high as 20 euros, and the exchange rate is, not in your advantage (as a buyer) and often also the recipient has to pay a fee to receive the money.
Next to the high costs it can take a long time before the money arrives in the Indonesian bankaccount.

Also in this situation Wise offers a cheap and quick way to send your money to any bankaccount in Indonesia. If the recipient has a Wise account you can easily send the money from your bank account to the local bank account of Wise.

The difference with Wise? Wise charges you the real time exchange rate and charges only a small fee for adminstration cots, and the transfer often only takes a few hours.

If the recipient doesn’t have a Wise account you can send money to his or her local bank account in Indonesia. If you have their bank details, add them in, and Wise will send the money to that account. If you don’t have their bank details, just enter their email address. If they’re on Wise, Wise find the account they want to receive money into. If they’re not on Wise, Wise will send them an email asking for their bank details. As easy as it can get.

How to use Wise to make a payment in Indonesia>>>


Can I Whatsapp with my Indonesian SIM-card?

Yes, you can continue to use Whatsapp with an Indonesian SIM card.

WhatsApp gives you the option to continue using WhatsApp with your own number, even if you have an Indonesian SIM card in your phone. This way you remain easily (and cheaply) accessible to your family and friends.

You can have your SIM card replaced at a limited number of places in Indonesia. For example, you can have an Indonesian SIM card installed and registered at the airport after arrival. At the airport, your device can be unblocked for the Indonesian network. Your device must be SIMlock-free. It is difficult to find other places in Indonesia where they can help you to replace your SIM card. A few years ago this service was available in many places, but registration has become more and more difficult and the possibilities limited.

eSIM card

Therefore it is a good idea to start using an eSIM card. It is no longer necessary to use a plastic SIM card. Most phones are suitable for an eSIM card. You can easily download the eSIM card onto your device.
No more waiting in long lines, no risk of losing your own SIM card and no hassle with phones and covers that are damaged when opened. You can now download an eSIM card on your phone before departure. Upon arrival in Indonesia you can activate the e-Sim card (as with any other SIM card) and immediately use the mobile network.
Check whether your phone is suitable for an eSIM card>>>

Nomad is a reliable provider that uses reliable Indonesian networks. You can choose the package that best suits your plans on the Nomad website. You can easily install the eSIM card via the app or a QR code.

Calculate here how many GB you need, and which package is most affordable for you >>>

Nomad’s motto is: No contract, no hidden fees, no unexpected roaming charges

Order your eSIM card online at Nomad>>>

Please note:
The eSIM-card only offers an internet bundle. You cannot call via the eSIM card, but you can of course use the internet to make a call (for example Whatsapp).

Do I need vaccinations for Indonesia?

Some vaccinations are recommended.

The advice whether vaccinations are recommended, varies from person to person. Approximately 4 months prior to departure, contact your own physisian or an agency specializing in travel vaccinations, so you can discuss your personal situation and choices.

Only if you are traveling from South America or Africa to Indonesia vaccinations might be required under certain circumstances.

Is WiFi available in Indonesia?

Yes, but the mobile network is often better and more secure.

WiFi is available in many hotels and restaurants, but the quality is not always that good.
The 3G and 4G network in Indonesia, on the other hand, is pretty good  and often faster (and more secure) than the average WiFi connection.

Most phones are suitable for an eSIM card. With an eSIM you can use a reliable Indonesion network, without high costs and without changing your SIM-card. Just download an eSIM card and choose a package that fits your needs.

This way you can continue to use the internet cheaply and quickly as you are used to.

Check if your phone is ready for an eSIM card>>>

Nomad is a reliable provider which offers packages for many countries including Indonesia. You can easily install the eSIM card by using the app or a QR code.

Calculate here how many GB you need, and which package is most suitable for you >>>

Nomad’s motto is: No contract, no hidden fees, no unexpected roaming charges

Order your eSIM card online at Nomad>>>

Please note:
The eSIM-card only offers an internet bundle. You cannot call with this eSIM card, but you can of course use the internet to make a call (for example Whatsapp).

Do I need a visa?

Most tourist can travel on a visa-on-arrival

For tourists from most countries it is possible to get a visa on arrival (visitor visa). The visa costs 500,000 IDR.

The convenience of an online application

It is possible to arrange a visa online from 14 days to 48 hours before departure. This saves time on arrival. Another advantage is that the visa (which is issued for 30 days as standard) can also be extended online with another 30 days.

You can apply for a visa online here >>>

Want to save even more time? Fill out in the customs form online too. This saves you a lot of time at the border:

Check the latest information on the website of the Indonesian Embassy

Please note: your passport must be valid for at least 6 more months on the day you arrive in Indonesia!

How to tip in Indonesia?

In Indonesia it is common to show your appreciation by giving a tip.

This is seen as a normal part of the reward system. It is useful to keep some small change for tipping (notes of 5,000 and 10,000 rupiahs) in your pocket.
Of course, giving a tip is never mandatory, but it is certainly appreciated.

The following amounts are general guidelines; your tip will of course mainly depend on your satisfaction:

  • At the hotel your suitcase is often carried to your room for you. It is customary to tip around 5,000 to 10,000 rupiahs per suitcase.
  • At the station 10,000 rupiahs per suitecase is normal.
  • In restaurants, often the tip is already included in the price, or you automatically pay extra for tipping when paying. If the tip is not yet included in the bill, 10% is normal.
  • For guides at sightseeings sites it is normal to give around 30,000 rupiah (or 100,000 rupiah for the entire day).

If you are unsure whether a tip is appropriate in a certain situation, you can always ask your driver for advice.

In Indonesia there is no social safety net. The moment someone cannot turn to family when ill or unemployed, there is no income. Many of these unfortunates take the opportunity to provide small services. Keep this in mind when you take a picture of someone, or if someone helps you cross the road, but never feel obliged to tip:
Most people in Indonesia are very friendly and are happy to help you, whether they receive a tip or not.

What are the best tips for a perfect holiday in Indonesia?

Create beautiful memories!

In addition to all practical and organizational tips, this is actually the only tip that is really important.

  • Meet the locals,
  • Take your time and not only enjoy all the planned activities but also be open to unplanned meetings and live the moment,
  • Think in advance what you really like, what are your interested in, what is on your bucket list?
    With your own driver there are so many options, use these possibilities!