Travel Guide

Travel Guide

Mentawai Tribe

A. Visa

   To stay of 30 days maximum, no visa is required. Indonesia offers a free 30-day visa for almost 169 countries (you can check the list of countries on the internet) this visa is not renewable.But if you want to stay more than 30 days without leaving the country, you can ask for the paid visa at the airport ($ 35) and this visa is renewable for an additional 30 days. This visa you can be requested also at the embassy of your country before your departure or at an embassy abroad (recommended in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Malaysia, and Singapore).If you are not able to obtain a 60-day visa directly, please contact the Indonesian embassy of your country. There is also another option it is called the Social – Budaya Visa if you wish to stay in Indonesia for several months (6 months) and it’s extendable 4 times max. For this possibility imperatively to ask at the embassy of your country or an Indonesia embassy abroad (Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Singapore).Make sure your passport is still valid 6 months after your date of entry into Indonesian territory.

B. Climate

   Since the Sumatra area is covered with rainforest and located right on the equator, Sumatra knows only two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. it has a tropical climate, the weather is hot and humid all year round. The driest season normally starts from May to September, although there are sporadic rains and may occur during this period. Rains are abundant between November and January. The average temperature is 30 °C degree in Siberut island. Be ready for hot, humid, and hasty conditions.The climate can vary from one island to another, but the seasons remain relatively similar. Indonesia enjoys an ideal climate, with an average annual temperature of 27 °C.Please bear in mind Equatorial climate also means proximity to the sun, make sure to bring your total sunscreen protection for your trip to Sumatra, one hour is enough to make you burn!

C. Health Issues

Water : When you are traveling in Sumatra, Indonesia the best is to drink only mineral water, never drink running water that is not boiled, usually on the trip when we stay with a local family we make sure to use boiled water and Mineral water. But also it is recommended to take your “pills” a water purification tablets.
Food : Do not eat raw vegetables in restaurants except for good standing. Avoid eating too spicy food if it does not come at all in your habits. We strongly advise you to have lunch in small traditional restaurants where the local specialties are the tastiest, the guide will advise you. Vegetarian and vegan it is easy to find a variety of options in Indonesia.
Optionnel : Best advice concerning your vaccine status.
Mandatory : None Strongly recommended : DTP up to date Advised : Hepatitis A Optional : Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Typhoid Fever

D. Customs and tradition

   To respect the culture of every local community, for example, local wisdom, their law order, their way of living, the way they dress up, to respect and not offend the local community, especially in remote villages, it is recommended to wear trouser below knee length and T-shirt to cover shoulders. Applies to both men and women. do not wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, shirts showing cleavage, and skirts above the knee. Also mind that looser clothes help fight the heat, compared to tight clothes. In Indonesia there are 6 religions recognized by the State of coexisting Islam as the majority with more than 80% of the population then Christianity with Protestants and Catholics (around 10% of the population) for the rest there is 'Hinduism ( especially today present on the island of Bali), Buddhism and Confucianism, and animism ( officially recognized recently since 2107 ) and in Sumatra Islam is in the majority.

Things good to remember when you are traveling in Sumatra !

 * Indonesian people are welcoming and sometimes asking you a lot of sort of personal questions, but you don't    need to get offended, this is how the way the icebreaker in their way to start a conversation and want to get    along.
 * For swimming, except in very touristic places or private beaches, it is preferable not to wear a swimsuit for
   women. Indonesians are not used to it and swim fully clothed.
 *  If you are entering a mosque make sure your head, shoulders, and neck cover up and for men ( we suggested    to wear long pants)
 *  Bear in mind to take off your shoes or sandal when you are entering a local house.
 *  Indonesian people use right hands for eating, handshake, raise a hand when they want to say hello, since
   using a left hand for the majority of Indonesian considered impure ( especially for Muslims).

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