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​​VISAS

Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival.

EXIT AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAX

You may be required to pay a departure tax when leaving Lombok. Please contact Saiful to find out the current Departure Tax Fees. 


ACCESS TO MONEY

There are many ATMs throughout Lombok and major banks in Mataram (capital city).  

Try to use your ATM or Credit Card in banks, shopping centres or malls and check your balance as you go.

You will be able to change money at your hotel or money-changers on the street.  Please proceed with caution if using a money-changer on the street as they may at times give you the incorrect money in the exchange.

It is always preferable to use an ATM or your hotel money exchanger.


FOOD

​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.  


WATER

Avoid tap water - drink bottled water at all times.  Generally, ice is ok to have in drinks.


HEALTH

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 ILLNESSES

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.

SHOPPING
Street and beach vendors may approach you to try and sell their goods.  If you are not interested politely say no thank you and ask them to move along.  However, the adventurous shopper may well enjoy learning how to barter with the locals over the price of their goods!

LAWS
When in Indonesia, be aware local laws and penalties DO apply to you.
Penalties for drug offences, murder and piracy may include the death penalty. Gambling is illegal in Indonesia.

THEFT
As with most places on the planet, there are instances of theft on Lombok. When leaving your hotel it is always recommended you carry a bag that crosses over your chest, from shoulder to hip. Where possible, lock your valuables in a safe in your hotel room.

RAMADHAN
​Ramadhan (sometimes spelled Ramadan) is held in the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar (the lunar calendar used by Muslims).

​This is the time of year that Muslims believe their Qur'an was given to their prophet, Muhammad.  It is believed that during the second year of the prophet Muhammad's migration from Mecca to Madinah, Allah revealed the following statement: "O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you main gain Taqwa (piety)".  Therefore Allah decreed the obligatory act of Fasting.

For one month, Muslims will not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset (with some exceptions).

​Most tourist facilities remain open during the month of Ramadhan.  

LANGUAGE
The local language of Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesian.  Many locals also have a grasp on English.  However, Lombok also has its own dialect, known as Sasak.  In the main tourist areas you will also come across locals in the tourist industry who speak other languages, eg Japanese, Italian, French.