WEATHER IN SOLO
Surakarta or more famous as Solo is lying across in fertile plain terrain along the longest river in Java, Bengawan or River Solo. Flanked by mountain volcanoes Merapi and Merbabu in the north, and mount Lawu in the southeast border, is famous as a stronghold and center of Javanese culture and tradition. The average temperature of this area is 21°C – 32°C with rainy season on October to April and dry season on April to October.
Being a tropical country, Indonesia does not have spring, summer, autumn, or winter, instead just the two seasons of Rainy and Dry, both of which are relative. While there is significant regional variation, in most of the country (including Java and Bali) the dry season is April to October, while the wet season is November to March. However, global warming has made the seasons less predictable.
PASSPORT AND VISA
All foreigners wishing to enter Indonesia must have a Passport valid for at least six (6) months from the date of arrival along with proof (tickets) on onward or return passage. Please contact the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in your country before the congress in order to check if you require any other immigration procedures to visit Indonesia.
Free Tourist Visa
Indonesia now provides special Short Stay Visa Free facilities for tourists who are nationals of total 169 countries who wish to travel to Indonesia. Tourist Visa Free Facilities are valid for 30 days, are non-extendable and cannot be transferred into any other type of stay permit.
The following are the Countries granted Visa Free Facilities according to Presidential Decree No. 21 of 2016:
More information on immigration available at: www.imigrasi.go.id
Passport holders of all other countries and non-tourists of the aforementioned countries must obtain valid Indonesian Visas at Indonesia Embassies or Consulates in their home country prior to departure to Indonesia. For details and enquiries please contact the Indonesian Embassy in your home country.
LETTER OF INVITATION
Invitation letter or other necessary documents to obtain Indonesia Visa will be provided by the Secretariat of 2nd APMVF 2019 based on request. However this letter aims to assist participants for their travel to Indonesia and does not imply any commitment for the Organization Committee to provide financial support.
The Indonesia Rupiah is also called IDR. Information of daily exchange rate can be found in newspapers or from the net. Some Indonesia banks provide this on their websit es. IDR and US$ are the most acceptable currencies. Most tourism resorts have money changer facilities. When you are traveling to remote areas it is advisable to exchange your money and clear your check. Credit cards are only acceptable in big hotels, restaurants, shops and traveling agencies
You can exchange foreign currency in major cities throughout the archipelago at banks and money changers. Most tourists’ resort has money changer facilities; however if you are travelling to a more remote areas it is advisable to exchange your money beforehand. If you need a large amount of foreign currency, and you don’t have a foreign currency account at your bank, it is best to order the money the day before. Local banks keep a limited amount of foreign currency in their smaller branches.
Rough exchange rate:
Rp. 10,615 = 1 AUD
Rp. 13,315 = 1 USD
Rp. 16,332 = 1 EUR
(Currency rate as of January 2018)
Automatic Teller Machines are mushrooming all over the island, especially at shopping centre and bank branches. It will be easy for you to find one in any of the main tourist centres. Most of them are connected to international banking networks thus making it possible to look for machines that are affiliated with your own ATM network. You can draw usually between 1.5 million and 3 million in one go. Thus if you need more money you will have to pull several times adding to the bank charges, as each transaction counts. There should be a sticker on the machine, which says either 50.000 or 100.000. Naturally, the ones with Rp. 100.000 bills can go up to 2.5 or 3 million.
An airport tax of IDR 150,000 is levied by airports on departing passengers on international flights and IDR 40,000 for those on domestic routes. Most airline today incorporate airport tax into their total tickets cost on purchase. Do make sure that this is already included.
Electric power supply is 220 volts in all regions. So be careful with your 110-volt electronic equipment. The sockets will only fit with two pins rounded-tip plugs (technically known as Type C, E, and F) or use adaptors. Most hotels and many restaurants in large cities provide internet connections or free WiFi.