You will need photocopies of your passport (photo page, visa page and the little entry exit card they give you) all on separate pages. You will also need a photocopy of your flight schedule for leaving Indonesia.TF Guest
When you go to immigration the first time, you will need to buy a red folder from them for INR25,000, this is used by them to hold all your documents together. You fill in the visa-extension application form (leave the sponsor section empty), once they have all this in the folder they will ask you to come back in a few days (I specified which day was good for me and they were fine with that).
The second trip takes a bit longer than the first. You are initially directed to a room upstairs where you will need to pay INR50,000 administration fee, then you are sent back downstairs to the original desk where you will need to pay INR250,000 for the extension…. And then you wait… for a while (was about an hour and a half for me – take a good book!). Eventually they will call you over and hey presto the visa is done.
Tip – there is a photo-copier across the road from immigration that you can use, it is cheap but takes small notes.
Malaria – north Sulawesi is tropical, so malaria cannot be discounted, but there is no malaria in Manado, Bunaken Island or Lembeh. If western medical advice is to take malaria tablets then this should be followed when visiting this area.
If you are going to take malaria tablets and you will be diving, we do not recommend taking Larium as there is some advice from diving doctors that this is not safe. We suggest you follow your doctor’s advice regarding malaria tablets.
There are some mosquitos, not too many but there are NO other biting insects such as sand-flies. We recommend that you bring some anti-mosquito spray for your arms and legs but we can provide mosquito coils for your cottages.
Dengue fever – the odd case of dengue fever has been reported in North Sulawesi, though these tend to be in the villages where rubbish is sometimes not properly cleared.
There are plenty of chemists in Bali, Manado and Lembeh which can provide most drugs. If you require a doctor, you can go at any time of the day to the hospital. If you are not feeling well inform one of our staff and we will help with any arrangements or recommendations.
Most doctors leave the hospitals at the end of the day and open up their own private practices between 6pm-9pm. These are generally located behind the pharmacies so if you need a doctor at night then try the pharmacies.
There is no public health service, and everyone has to pay. Be prepared by taking money with you, it is pretty cheap and Rp200-300,000 should be enough for a basic consultation and medicine.
There are always many reports of problems in Indonesia and this is very frustrating for those of us who have lived and worked in this country for many years. There are probably more murders in any major city in the US than the whole of Indonesia but this does not stop embassies from recommending not traveling here.
We believe that it is very safe travelling to Indonesia and in particular the areas in which Two Fish are based. Bunaken Island and Lembeh are in the province of north Sulawesi which is 90% Christian, and there has been no trouble in this region that has caused any risk to tourists.