There are several potential hazards that expats should look out for in order to stay healthy. One of the most significant of these is the fact that tap water in Indonesia is not generally safe to drink. Though it’s relatively safe to bathe in unfiltered water, it is best to use purified or bottled water for cooking, brushing teeth, and drinking.
Indonesia’s large cities are also prone to pollution, and this can exacerbate existing respiratory conditions like asthma. In this case, expats should visit a doctor before moving to Indonesia to determine the best way to mitigate the effects of poor air quality.
The climate in Indonesia can take some getting used to. New arrivals unaccustomed to the hot, humid conditions could find themselves suffering from sunburn, heatstroke and dehydration. The tropical climate increases malaria risk, especially for those expats living in more rural areas. If staying in one of these areas, antimalarial medication should be taken along with other practical measures such as covering up bare skin, making use of insect repellents, and sleeping under mosquito nets.
There aren’t any specific vaccines required to be granted entry into Indonesia, but it is recommended that expats ensure they are up to date on all routine vaccinations, as well Covid vaccines.