Indonesia’s capital is one of the fastest-growing, most chaotic and exciting places in South-East Asia. It is the gateway to a vast, vibrant and varied island nation of over 200 million people and home to an eclectic mix of over 300 fascinating ethnic groups. The country’s biggest city houses many international company headquarters, as well as local production facilities.
Jakarta is a special territory enjoying the status of a province, consisting of Greater Jakarta, covering of 637.44 square km area. Located on the northern coast of West Java, it is the centre of government, commerce and industry. Over the last several decades, Jakarta has developed into one of Asia's most prominent metropolitan centres. With a current population of over nine million people, Jakarta has undergone dramatic growth especially over the last few years. The business environment in Indonesia can be challenging, with Indonesia ranked 72 out of 190 countries in the Ease of Doing Business 2018 report by the World Bank. Foreign organisations looking to enter the market can come across complex bureaucratic and regulatory requirements which make it time-consuming challenging.
Further, Indonesian infrastructure and service networks have not been developed or maintained to keep pace with the booming consumer-led economy, causing increased transaction costs and inefficiencies that hamper exporters and investors. Deregulation has successfully reduced some barriers, but non-tariff barriers remain wide-spread and the bureaucracy can still be cumbersome. Laws are often subjective or conflicting. Indonesia has begun to implement local content requirements that prevent some products from being sold in Indonesia. Although significant anti-corruption measures have been undertaken by the Indonesian government, corruption remains a concern for many businesses looking to operate within Indonesia.
Short Stay Visa Free facilities for visitors who are nationals of 169 countries. Visa Free Facilities are for 30 days are non-extendable. For more information read more here.
After arriving and disembarking your flight, you can be through immigration to your luggage very quickly. Here you can access ATMs and rest rooms. After clearing customs there are two exits and you will find a variety of taxi and limousine counters where you can organise your transport and pay by credit card or cash. Click here for more details about the airport's services and facilities.
As the traffic is a hazard, best to travel by taxi or hire a driver so you can travel in comfort and catch up on your work while your driver negotiates the traffic. Make sure you allow plenty of time to reach your meetings. Read more here so you are well prepared.
The city is covered with 4G communications so if you want to stay connected pick up a pre-paid SIM card at the airport or town. Telkomsel is generally regarded as the operator with the best coverage in Indonesia.
Security in Jakarta tends to be heavy, with car checks, metal detectors and bag searches at most major buildings and hotels. The city is relatively safe for visitors to travel around and explore the city, but stay vigilant. Read more about health and safety in Jakarta here.
Bahasa Indonesia (or Indonesian) is the official language, with English spoken in major business areas. Here are some useful phrases.
Jakarta's residents are of many different cultures and ethnicities. Most are of Malay and Polynesian descent, with over 300 ethnic groups and subgroups represented. Due to its long history as a key trading post, Jakarta is also home to immigrant minorities of Chinese, Arabic and Persian descent.
10 million (2016)
45% Javanese, 14% Sudanese, 7.5% Madurese and 26% Other Ethnic Groups.
Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and Confucianism. 86% are Muslims.
Jakarta Special District is 662 km2 (256 sq mi) of land area
Tropical and equatorial climate averaging temperatures 28° - 35° C
The average elevation of Jakarta is 8 metres (26 ft) above sea level.
The majority of ground water in Jakarta has been contaminated, so only use bottled water for drinking and cooking.
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50 Hz and the sockets are mainly F plug but also C and G plugs are used.
The international access code for Indonesia is +62. Area code for Jakarta is 021. Internet domain is .id
Tax rates are progressive to 30%.
In restaurants where service charge is not added, 5 to 10% on the bill will be appropriate depending on the service.