At the match
Access to the stadium can be slow. To avoid a last-minute bottleneck, try to get to the stadium early, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan (from July 10, 2013) when the traffic tends to get worse. Access to the stadium - in and out - will be very congested from 5pm onwards every day (including weekends).
Security at the stadium will be strict - refrain from antagonising the police even if you believe you are in the right. The same applies to local fans. Local football fans in Indonesia usually travel in groups and many ride in overloaded buses and trucks. The vast majority of matches in Indonesia pass off peacefully and Indonesians are huge fans of the Barclays Premier League.
The temperature in Jakarta will be very hot. The stadium has no roof which means you will be exposed to the sun. You should also prepare for heavy rain and humid conditions in Jakarta: the weather can be unpredictable.
No bottles and cans are allowed to be brought into the ground. Drinking alcohol inside the stadium is prohibited. Stadium security will not allow entry to anyone they consider to have been drinking heavily. Plastic bottles containing water and energy drinks are allowed.
Flags and banners, but without poles, are allowed subject to message, language and content.
Smoking is allowed. However, security guards will randomly confiscate lighters and matches during security checks.
Tap water is not safe to drink. Bottled water is readily available and cheap.
As in any other city, beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers in busy areas and when using public transport. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits.
Avoid carrying cash, passports and credit cards all together. Keeping sums of cash separated while travelling will minimise the impact if your wallet is stolen.
Sentences for criminal offences will vary compared to those in the UK. What may be considered a minor offence in the UK may carry a far greater penalty in Indonesia, particularly anything related to narcotics. The possession, trafficking and manufacture of drugs are serious offences in Indonesia, and can carry the death penalty.
Passports, visas and health insurance
British nationals need a visa to enter Indonesia. You can get a 30-day visa on arrival at a cost of US $25. You can extend this type of visa once for a maximum of 30 days by applying to an immigration office within Indonesia. For further information about entry requirements, visit the website of the Indonesian Embassy in London.
Your passport should have a minimum of six months validity from the date of arrival in Indonesia. You may be refused entry if your passport is damaged or has pages missing.
Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Indonesia, so adequate travel or health insurance is essential. Private medical care in Indonesia is expensive, and an insurance policy which includes medical repatriation is recommended. Ensure you declare any pre-existing medical conditions and read the small print carefully.
All non-Indonesian nationals are required to be in possession of their passport at all times - however, carrying a photocopy is acceptable. The copy should include both the data (photo) page and the page showing your entry stamp. Keep your passport in a secure location such as a hotel safe.
If you lose your passport or have it stolen, you should report the loss to the local police as soon as possible and obtain a report or confirmation of loss from the police. The British Embassy can provide you with an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) and advise how to arrange your exit visa so that you can leave Indonesia and return home. The current cost of an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) is £95 (payable in local currency).
Key transport tips, embassy location and opening times
There is limited public transport in Jakarta and road traffic can be very congested, particularly at peak times. Traffic discipline is very poor. Foreigners involved in even minor traffic violations or accidents may be vulnerable to exploitation. Consider employing a private driver or hiring a car with a driver. Some multinational companies don't allow their expatriate staff to drive in Indonesia. If you're travelling by car, keep doors locked at all times. Make sure you wear a helmet if you're riding a motorbike or moped. Be aware of thieves on public transport.
If you're involved in an accident or breakdown, make sure someone remains with your vehicle. If you have any concerns for your security, move to another location safely. You should make yourself available for questioning by the police if requested to do so.
Only book taxis with a reputable firm. You can ask your hotel to book one for you. British embassy staff are advised to use only taxis from Bluebird, Silverbird or Express groups. These are widely available at hotels and shopping malls in central Jakarta and at Sukarno-Hatta International Airport. Take care to distinguish Bluebird and Silverbird vehicles from 'lookalike' competitors. Don't use unlicensed taxi drivers at the airport or anywhere else. Their vehicles are usually in poor condition, unmetered and don't have a dashboard identity licence. They charge extortionate fares and have been known to rob passengers.
The embassy switchboard number is +62 (0)21-2356-5200. Follow the prompts to select the appropriate service. The consular section is open to the public from 8.30am to 12pm local time, Monday to Friday for emergency assistance. Routine services are available by appointment only - visit www.britembassyindonesia.clickbook.net to select a service and make an appointment.
The embassy is located at Jalan Patra Kuningan Raya Blok L 5-6, Jakarta 12950.
The embassy offers a full after hours telephone service for those with a consular emergency. If you have a consular emergency outside working hours call the embassy on +62 (0) 21-2356-5200 and follow the instructions.
You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.
Don't get involved with illegal drugs. Possession, trafficking and manufacture of any illegal drugs are serious offences in Indonesia. The Indonesian authorities have a zero-tolerance policy and those caught face lengthy prison sentences or the death penalty, usually after a protracted and expensive legal process. British nationals have been caught and jailed for drug offences in Indonesia.
Minimise the risks
Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp with you when out and about.
Keep a note of the address of your hotel (in both English and Bahasa Indonesia - ask the reception if they have a hotel card) - it can help people give you directions and ensure that taxi drivers know where you want to go.
Keep the number of valuables you carry to a minimum - passport, a credit card, your phone and some money - and ensure they are secure (not in back pockets).
Change money at a bank or hotel, or in exchange points.
Carry the contact number for your travel insurer at all times.
Carry the address and telephone number of the British embassy so you can call for help if you have a consular emergency.
Leave a copy of your passport and other important documents safe in your hotel in case you lose the originals.
At the airport
Bags are routinely x-rayed by customs after you have removed them from the carousel and are making your way through customs towards the exit gates. You should complete a customs declaration form before proceeding to this area.
What the British embassy can do
If you lose your money or are robbed, the embassy can help you obtain funds from friends or family in the UK - but cannot provide you with money in any circumstances.
If you lose your passport or have it stolen, the embassy can provide you with an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) so that you can leave Indonesia and return home.
If you are detained or arrested in Indonesia, insist on contacting the embassy on 021-2356-5200 (from within Indonesia) or +62-21-2356-5200 (if calling from a UK mobile).
This number is available 24 hours a day. Embassy staff can make sure you are being treated fairly - but if you have broken the law, they cannot arrange for you to be released from detention, nor can they pay fines.
In the case of serious injury or illness, the embassy can help you contact a member of your family and your travel insurance company.
British embassy in Jakarta
Jalan Patra Kuningan Raya Blok L 5-6,
Telephone: +62 (0) 21-2356-5200
British Consulate Bali
Jalan Tirta Nadi No. 20,
Denpasar 80238 Bali.
Telephone: +62 (0) 361-270-601
Emergency medical services: 118/119
Fire brigade: 113