Indonesia

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

General security situation

Check the current security situation on the federal government website and register your itinerary on Travellers Online.

This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

Important health risks

Malaria

There is a high risk of malaria on some islands to the east of Flores (Lomblen, Pantar, Alor), Sumba and Irian Jaya. . We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets.

There is a moderate malaria risk in:

  • the islands on the west coast of Sumatra and Sulawesi
  • some islands between Sulawesi and Singapore 
  • islands on the south-east of Kalimantan (Borneo), Flores, Timor, islands east of Timor and Moluccas.

We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. For people with an increased risk, we sometimes recommend preventive malaria tablets, or taking an emergency treatment with you

There is a low malaria risk in the other islands, including Bali, Lombok, Gili Islands, Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

There is no malaria risk in in the big cities.

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and zika.

Japanese encephalitis occurs in the entire country year-round.

Protect yourself against insects

Ticks

Ticks can transmit diseases.

Rabies

Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Schistosomiase

There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Female circumcision

Girls who visit their family in this country are sometimes circumcised.

COVID-19

Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.

Check the current security situation on the federal government website and register your itinerary on Travellers Online.

Other possible infections

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A

Recommended

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations

Recommended

Polio

Recommended

A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travelers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

Yellow fever

Mandatory for some travelers

Yellow fever does not occur here. Vaccination is not necessary if you are travelling from Belgium.   

Vaccination is mandatory from the age of nine months: 

  • If you are departing from another country where yellow fever can occur (see maps).

This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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