Practical Information

Country information

  • Country name: Indonesia
  • Capital: Jakarta
  • Main cities: Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Bekasi, Medan
  • Population: 275.5 million
  • Local time: GMT +7
  • Climate: Tropical
  • Form of government: Presidential republic
  • Religion: Islam, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism
  • Official Language: Indonesian
  • President: Joko Widodo
  • Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy: Sandiaga Uno
  • * Source: wikipedia

About Medan

Medan, the capital and largest city of the North Sumatra province of Indonesia, lies along the Deli River in northeastern Sumatra. It is a regional hub and financial center of Sumatra. According to the National Development Planning Agency, Medan is one of the four main central cities of Indonesia, alongside Jakarta, Surabaya, and Makassar. As of the 2022 Census, Medan has a population of 2,402,000, making it the fourth largest urban area in Indonesia. Medan is a multicultural metropolis and a busy trading city bordered by the Strait of Malacca, making it as one of major economic cities in Indonesia. At the turn of the 21st century, the largest portion of the city’s population consisted of various Sumatran peoples, primarily Batak. About one-third of the population was Javanese. The remainder of Medan’s residents included assorted other groups, notably ethnic Chinese, Indians, and Malays. A gateway to the western part of Indonesia, Medan is supported by the Port of Belawan and Kualanamu International Airport, both of which are connected to the city center via toll roads and railways.

Local currency and exchange rate

The local currency of Indonesia is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR. Symbol: Rp).
The exchange rate as of September 28, 2022 is USD 1 to IDR 15,172.99.
Banknotes come in denominations of Rp1,000, Rp2,000, Rp5,000, Rp10,000, Rp20,000, Rp50,000 and Rp100,000.
Coins come in denominations of Rp100, Rp200, Rp500 and Rp1,000.

Most international credit card networks are acceptable in Indonesia’s major cities and tourist hotspots including Medan.
The amount of cash allowed into Indonesia is IDR 100million (approximately USD 6590.66) or any currency equivalent to this amount.

Exchanging currency

Foreign currency exchange can be done at banks, money changers, or hotels.


The climate in Indonesia is almost entirely tropical, and temperatures in Medan in November range from 24°C to 31°C.

Dress code

TMain Sessions: Formal (the Meeting venues are air-conditioned), Traditional
Social Event, North Sumatra Tour: Smart Causal, Traditional


The standard voltage throughout Indonesia is normally 230 V, 50 Hz.
Most power plugs and sockets in Indonesia are type C and type F.

Health requirements and precautions

※ For accurate and updated health and vaccine information, kindly refer to the Indonesian Embassy of your country.


Participants may wish to take out adequate travel insurance and health insurance before leaving their respective countries.
The hosts have no insurance coverage for the participants and will not be held responsible for any accident that may occur during the conference.


Participants can bring their mobile phones to Indonesia and buy a local SIM card. When purchasing a local SIM card, their personal information will be registered. Roaming and rental services are also available in Indonesia.

(62) Indonesia prefix
(61) Medan area code
(21) Jakarta area code
(0) Prefixes for making domestic calls

Tips and taxes

Tipping is not mandatory. If you want to tip, 5-10% of the total bill would be sufficient. Some restaurants will include a 5-10% service charge to their bill. A 10% government tax is also applicable. Many hotels and some restaurants might charge 21% on top of the bill.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)

Mastercard is accepted at ATMs with Cirrus or Maestro network, and Visa card is accepted at ATMs with Plus network.

Business hours

Emergency phone numbers
Location Monday-Friday Saturday Snnday & Public Holiday
Banks(with tellers) 08:00 - 15:00 08:00 - 13:00 Closed
Offices 08:00 - 16:00 Mostly closed Closed
Museums 08:00 - 17:00 08:00 - 17:00 08:00 - 17:00
Shopping Malls 10:00 - 22:00 10:00 - 22:00 10:00 - 22:00
Post Offices 07:00 - 19:00 07:00 - 17:00 Closed
Stores 07:00 - 22:00 07:00 - 22:00 07:00 - 22:00

Emergency phone numbers

Emergency phone numbers
Police/General Emegencies 110 or 112
Ambulance and Medical Emergencies 118 or 119
Firefighter 113
Serch and Rescue(BASARNAS) 129
International Phone Numver Informaion 102
Local Phone Number Informaion 108
Domestic Call Operators 100 and 106
International Call Operators 101 and 107