Health Care in Indonesia

Be very careful what you eat and drink in Indonesia; sanitation is far below Western standards. It’s best to assume you will get sick at some time during your stay, but your chances of staying healthy improve if you drink only bottled water.

Vaccination Requirements

There are currently no required immunizations for visiting Indonesia.

Healthcare is Far Below Western Standards, So be Cautious

Depending on how long you plan to spend in Indonesia and whether you will spend your time in urban or rural areas, there are different vaccinations that are recommended by travel health specialists. Discuss your travel needs with a doctor that specializes in travel medicine. Universities often have travel clinics that provide a less expensive way of getting your vaccinations. The most useful vaccinations for Indonesia are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus/diptheria, Japanese encephalitis, and typhoid fever. Malaria pills are also recommended for remote areas.

For up-to-the-minute information on vaccination requirements and disease information, visit the Center for Disease Control website.


Prescription drugs of every type imaginable are sold over the counter quite cheaply.


You will be able to find decent healthcare in major Indonesian cities. We advise you to use your favorite search engine to find one near where you are located. You will not be covered under any sort of “Indonesian healthcare” program.

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