Last update 15 August 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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Republic of Indonesia
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of Indonesia
Address: Jakarta 10310, 34-36, Jalan Imam Bonjol
Telephone: +62 21 390 40 48, +62 21 391 31 30
Telephone/fax: +62 21 390 40 49
„Emergency оut-of-hours hotline: +62 811 932200“.
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 08.30 - 14.30 h
„Consular Section Admission Hours: Monday to Friday, 09:30 am - 12:30 pm - with prior appointment by phone or e-mail.
E-mail: [email protected]“
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/indonesia
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Sofia
Address: 53 “Simeonovsko shose”, residence 4, 5 “Joseph Valdhart” str.
Telephone: +359 2 962 52 40, +359 2 962 61 70
Office hours: 8.30 - 12.30 h; 13.00 - 16.30 h
Fax: +359 2 962 44 18
E-mail: [email protected]
Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Indonesia is located in an area of high seismic activity. There is a high risk of earthquakes in the country, therefore when staying for longer terms, it is necessary to pay serious attention to the quality of rented accommodation.
Crime and security
In many areas of Indonesia, ethnic and religious conflicts are creating a real threat to personal safety of foreign nationals. Extremely dangerous are the Maluku islands and Aceh province, where foreigners should travel only in extreme cases. Separatist sentiments in Irian Jaya are growing, and there have been outbreaks of tension in some areas of Klimantan and Sulawesi. Visits in West Timor are not desirable, at least not until the problem with refugees from the eastern part of the island is solved. On the island of Bali, characterized by relative calm, was carried out one of the biggest terrorist attacks of late. There were serious clashes between Muslims and Christians on the island of Lombok which prompted the evacuation of foreigners.
Crime rates are low, but the criminal environment is constantly deteriorating, especially in Jakarta and other major cities. Most common is petty street crime - theft of bags, popping of tires, etc., but organised looting and attacks on houses in affluent neighbourhoods are growing more frequent. When hiring a taxi, it is advisable to do this in advance or via the large hotels.
Items for personal use whose value does not exceed USD 250, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 1 litre of alcohol, etc. can be imported duty-free.
The import of any kinds of weapons, drugs, explosives, radio stations, colour photocopiers, pornography, books in Chinese, Chinese medicines is prohibited. There are extremely severe penalties for the import of drugs, in some cases even to death sentences.
Films, video tapes and disks must be submitted for examination.
The import and export of more than 5 million Indonesian rupiah must be declared.
Bulgarian citizens do not need any vaccinations, unless they are coming from a country that has yellow fever. The main diseases are malaria and dengue, transmitted by mosquitoes. The use of mosquito repellents is imperative. There is malaria in Irian Jaya (all areas), in some rural areas and small islands. Dengue is spread throughout the country. There is no vaccine against this disease. Keep personal hygiene, eat at renowned restaurants, avoid dairy foods, avoid consumption of wet fruits, use of wet dishes and eating utensils, drink soft drinks without ice - these are just some of the additional recommendations. Only mineral or bottled water should be consumed. Medical care is at a relatively low level, except in several hospitals in Jakarta.
Travel papers and visas
Bulgarian citizens must obtain visas in diplomatic and consular representations of Indonesia. For this purpose, they need to hold a passport valid for at least six months. A visa can be obtained at the international airport in Jakarta. For tourist purposes, single entry visas are issued and these cannot be extended. When visiting for investment, business, education, participation in social, cultural events, etc., single entry visas are issued with a right of stay of up to 60 days, which are extendable, if necessary. There are also 12-month multiple entry visas, issued only to businessmen. For work purposes, visas for temporary residence need to be obtained. As a main requirement, the person should have a “sponsor” (an Indonesian company or organisation, or a family member working in the country).
Overstaying their visa is the most common violation committed by Bulgarian citizens. The fine for 60 days of overstay is 20 USD, for over 20 days - 25,000,000 ind. rupees or up to 5 years of imprisonment. If foreign nationals are working illegally in Indonesia, the penalty is 30,000,000 ind. rupees or up to 6 years of imprisonment. In such cases, it is recommended that our compatriots first contact the Embassy, before an official file on the case is opened by the authorities. Indonesia does not recognise dual citizenship.
Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents
Since 01.06.2012, the Embassy in Jakarta has been equipped with a biometric station. Bulgarian citizens residing in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam may apply for issuance of Bulgarian identity documents of the new type, and also for driving licenses, passports and temporary passports.
Registration of birth, marriage or death – preparation of a list of documents to be obtained from the local civil registries.
Certification and Legalisation
Documents issued to Bulgarian citizens in Indonesia should bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia. They are to be certified by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Jakarta.
Thus processed, documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and such translation must be certified by the “Legalisation and Certification” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.