Indonesia is an archipelago in South East Asia comprising of over 17,000 islands, over 300 languages and is known to have the world’s largest number of active volcanoes. This island is perfect for exploring. There are just two seasons in Indonesia: the dry season and the monsoon season. The monsoon season lasts from November until March where there’s rainfall every day, mainly towards the end of the day for a few hours. The dry season tends to get very busy with temperatures of 30 degrees and lasts from April until October.
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Most visits to Indonesia pass without incident, however travellers to the country should be aware that Indonesia, like many places in the world, is at an increased risk of terrorism. Be vigilant at all times, but especially if you are travelling to the country during holiday times. Non-terrorism related violence and crime is more common in certain areas, including Aceh, Central Sulawesi Province, Maluku Province, Papua and West Papua Province.
Due to Indonesia’s positioning along a seismic strip known as the “Ring of Fire”, the country is particularly prone to natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, forest fires and volcanic eruptions. If you are in the country when such an event occurs, you should follow local advice for staying safe. Check your specific destination before you travel to be aware of any disruption that may be caused by flooding, ash clouds or landslides. Local emergency services are often not-equipped to deal with such disasters to the same level of response as you would find in the UK.
Medical care in Indonesia can be hard to find and of a poor standard. Take particular care for your own health by being mindful of what you eat and drink, preventing insect bites and stings and carrying a basic first aid kit with you. Be particularly aware of avoiding animals as rabies is prevalent. Mosquito borne disease like, dengue fever and the Zika virus are present, use 50% deet over your sunscreen during the day to prevent mosquito bites. It is a Japanese encephalitis endemic area, discuss the option of vaccination with a travel clinic before you travel. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should not visit Indonesia.
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