It is best to eat fruit than can be peeled and vegetables that are cooked. We have experienced no problems eating raw vegetables and unpeeled fruit in reputable restaurants.
Avoid tap water - drink bottled water at all times. Generally, ice is ok to have in drinks.
It is recommended to take some necessary medication with you. You may need diarrhea tablets, headache tablets, band-aids and Betadine.
Sunburn can be an issue. Even on overcast, cloudy days you will require good sunscreen.
Mosquito-borne and other insect borne illnesses are common throughout the year. Malaria (including chloroquine-resistant strains) is prevalent throughout rural areas.
Dengue fever occurs throughout Indonesia and is particularly common during the rainy season. There is no vaccination or specific treatment available for dengue. Outbreaks of Chikungunya have been reported, while Japanese Encephalitis and Filariasis are also present, particularly in rural agricultural areas. We encourage you to consider taking precautions against malaria where necessary, ensure your accommodation is mosquito proof and take measures to avoid insect bites, including using an insect repellent at all times and wearing long, loose fitting, light coloured clothing at sunset.
POISON FROM ALCOHOLIC DRINKS CONTAINING METHANOL
There have been cases of accidental poisoning in Indonesia from alcoholic drinks adulterated with harmful substances, particularly methanol. Locals and foreigners have died or have become seriously ill. Cases have usually involved local spirits and spirit-based drinks, such as cocktails, but supposed brand name alcohol can also be adulterated. A number of deaths have also been reported after drinking adulterated arak – a traditional rice-based spirit.
You should consider the risks when consuming alcoholic beverages in Indonesia, particularly cocktails and drinks made with spirits. Drink only at reputable licensed premises and avoid home-made alcoholic drinks. You should be aware that the labeling on bottles may not be accurate and that substitution of contents can occur.
Symptoms of methanol poisoning can include fatigue, headaches and nausea, similar to the effects as excessive drinking, but with pronounced vision problems. If you suspect that you, or anyone you are traveling with, have been affected by methanol or other poisoning, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention, which could be vital in avoiding permanent disability or death. All suspected cases of methanol poisoning should be reported to the Indonesian police.