Is Indonesia Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
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* Based on Research & Crime Data
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* Rated 86 / 100 based on 29 user reviews.

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Indonesia is a transcontinental country, mainly located in Southeast Asia, with some territories stretching into Oceania too.

It is located between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and has land borders with Malaysia to the north, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the east, Australia to the south, and Palau, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand to the north.

It is geographically interesting since, with 18,110 islands, out of which around 6,000 are inhabited, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world.

It is the largest country in Southeast Asia, and astoundingly many people live in it: about 240 million people.

However, Indonesia’s islands and gorgeous beaches aren’t the only things attractive about this country: it offers vast tropical forests stretching days on end, although in the last couple of years, they are being endangered and cut down at an alarming speed.

You should also count in the big cities such as Jakarta and popular islands such as Bali, where the rich tourists enjoy basking in clear waters, or just shopping.

This country truly offers a variety of options for all kinds of tourists.

Warnings & Dangers in Indonesia

Overall Risk


Indonesia is mostly a safe country to travel to, though it still has its dangers from natural disasters to terrorism and petty theft. Be very cautious on the streets of Indonesia and plan your trip carefully.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Though public transport is significantly better than in its neighboring countries, you should always try to call your reliable taxi driver instead of hailing one on the streets. There are many taxi-related scams, where taxi drivers drive off before you get a chance to take your luggage or force you to collect money from an ATM. Keep in mind that road conditions and drivers' behavior are probably different from what you're used to.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpocketing and bag snatching is a very common issue in Indonesia, especially in public and crowded places like bus and train stations and airports. Keep your belongings by your side at all times and try to leave all your valuables in a security deposit box of your hotel.

Natural Disasters Risk


Since it is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire (which is the name of an area with a high degree of tectonic activity), Indonesia is especially susceptible to risks of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, but also floods and tsunamis.

Mugging Risk


Mugging in Indonesia is generally rare, and foreigners are rarely targeted. Violent crime rates are not too high though you should still avoid dark and deserted areas.

Terrorism Risk


There is a high risk of this country being targeted for a terrorist attack. Recent ones involved suicide bombings and small-arms fire. The last one was performed on May 24th, 2017 when there were bomb explosions at the Kampung Melayu bus station in East Jakarta, killing three police officers.

Scams Risk


Scams are an issue in Indonesia, like in most countries, and you should be very vigilant, decline all drinks sent by strangers (since drink spiking is very common in this country), double-check every information and negotiate everything in advance. The most common scams in Indonesia are credit card-related, so be careful when collecting your money.

Women Travelers Risk


Indonesia is not the safest for solo female travelers. There is the risk of getting unwanted attention or even the risk of sexual assaults toward women. Avoid parts of cities that are filled with bars and clubs, and visiting them alone, since there is a higher chance of running into intoxicated people.

So... How Safe Is Indonesia Really?

Indonesia is, for the most part, safe to visit, though you should keep in mind many dangers that may befall you if you plan on visiting this gorgeous country.

There are many threats that lurk in Indonesia, from natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, to social disturbances such as terrorism, attacks, corruption, and crime.

Though crime rates in this country aren’t the biggest issue, and it’s mostly non-violent, you should still take care and be extra cautious.

Muggings, petty theft, and pickpocketing still happen in Indonesia, especially in crowded places such as bus and train stations, markets and areas frequented by tourists.

Watch your laptops, cell phones, valuable cameras and money as thieves have been known to snatch them.

Also, be careful on public transport, since that’s where pickpockets operate and where you can encounter several forms of crime.

Be wary of people sending you drinks since drink spiking is an issue in this country.

Choose your taxis with precaution and always call a reliable driver instead of hailing one on the streets.

Another issue in Indonesia is the politics and the separatist movements that often clash in violent demonstrations and armed struggles in places like Aceh and Papua.

Bear in mind that political events such as elections in Indonesia are often the times of violent and messy demonstrations that you should avoid since they can become so violent that even Indonesian military has to apply violent measures in order to control the protesters.

How Does Indonesia Compare?

CountrySafety Index
New Zealand90
United Kingdom77

Useful Information



Many countries must obtain a visa from one of the Indonesian diplomatic missions, though there are some countries that do not need it at all for any stays shorter than 30 days. Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months and that you have at least two blank pages in your passport upon your arrival in Indonesia.



The Indonesian rupiah is the official currency in Indonesia. ATMs and money exchange offices are widely available in most of Indonesia's cities though they might be harder to find in rural areas.



Indonesia mostly has a tropical climate characterized by hot and humid weather during the entire year, with very high temperatures, especially along the coastlines. Cooler temperatures can be expected in the highlands of the country.



Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, commonly referred to as Soetta is the busiest and the primary airport in the Greater Jakarta area on the Indonesian island of Java. It is located at Benda, Tangerang, about 20 km northwest of central Jakarta.

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Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Indonesia, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.

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Indonesia Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 28° C
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Apr 29° C
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Dec 28° C
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Indonesia - Safety by City

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29 Reviews on Indonesia

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    Hamad Momin says:

    Thanks a lot for good information of Indonesia given by you. I think to travell to
    Indonesia, thailand, Malaysia, Hong kong, Brunei, etc countries of eastern side of the world.

    1. za

      the scam one is supposed to be high since the indonesians like to scam people

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        Random Why says:


        pretty weird, im indonesian and i never been scammed in my own territory

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        Anonymous says:


        Not all indonesians

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    Bharati lekharuI says:

    I visited Singapore recently and found it very safe to travel. It is really beautiful and clean. Although it is a bit costly but the beautiful Sentosa , universal studios, garden by the bay are worth the money paid. According to me, a person should visit Singapore once in his or her lifetime.

    1. Ok, but this is not about Singapore but Indonesia…

    2. LOL

      Someone needs a geography lesson.

  3. J
    Johnny Ahmad Alfariz says:

    Best of all

    My family in Jawa tengah…. Cause these virus corona…. I can’t go back to them…. When… When is the same time I want to go back.

    I miss my family

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      Horumoto says:


      Learn English

      1. What a dumb reply. Not even a slightly clever troll

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    Gurtrid says:

    Thank you so much

    This was very very use ful for my geography report on Jakarta thank you so much

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      Anonymous says:

      So thank you and I have a lot of knowledge

  5. J
    Jackson says:

    very good

    It is very helpful on the safety part on my Geography Report on Indonesia

  6. A
    Aaron Bossinger says:

    Amazingly Welcoming

    I had an absolutely amazing time visiting this country. Everyone I personally met was extremely helpful and friendly and especially patient with me through a language barrier. Bottom line, this country will fail to disappoint and the best places, for me, were places off of the beaten tourist path to immerse yourself in the culture and really nice locals. And the folks there just have a generally greeting nature and vibe from everything I’d experienced. I’ll go back, for sure.

    1. Asking for information

      That is good to know. I am thinking of visiting there too. Is there camping and outdoor stuff to do? Thank you

  7. Indonesia is cool in full of the beautfuls girls ever

    I love indonesia girls

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      Anonymous says:


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    Geraldo Gambino says:


    You can’t expected before you coming, all people are welcome always smile make a positive energy when you going place to place. so someday i hope can coming again.

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    Anonymous says:

    BTW If your lgbtq dont go I almost got put to death :/

  10. Stay the hell away!

    DANGER! BEWARE! Terrorists could be lurking around anywhere…don’t risk your life.

    1. They can be anywhere in Europe, also.

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      Anonymous says:

      Stop it

      Just because Indonesia is Muslim doesn’t mean it’s ridden with terrorists.

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    Anonymous says:


    Then whats the point of going there and thanks I know what to right about Indonesia and that they are scammers, terrorists, rapist etc

  12. Cheap and good

    Been to Indonesia many times. My wife love to shop there Before Christmas. Is safe to travel there, the people are helpful and polite. other countries we went, wasn’t as good as Indonesian

  13. Bali

    Not sure about the other parts, but Bali is pretty safe. Only thing to watch out for is when you are shopping, people often try to rip you off, and try really hard to sell their products, so try not to be pressured into buying things you don’t need. Other than that Bali is very safe.

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    Robert Neuwirtu says:

    Life in Indonesia

    I lived in Malang Indonesia for about 8 years. During my entire time in the country, I only had – 1 maid that we caught stealing. She was stealing the money out of my bedside table but never removed any of it from our home, she hid it in her room. I found the local people to be truly polite and helpful in any way possible. Health care is extremely poor and their Doctors are the least educated and the worst in the world.

    I spent 30 years working and traveling to different countries of the world so I speak about medical care from experience, in addition, I am a Paramedic from the USA and people in the USA get better and more advanced care thru EMS in the USA than a major hospital in Indonesia.

    In Malang, their biggest and most advanced hospital had 1 cardiac monitor for the entire hospital of about 300 beds. With dengue fever and Malaria being major health risks I found this totally unacceptable by Western standards. I actually saw medical mistakes take many lives when living there and if I became ill. I went to Singapore.

    Other than health care I love Indonesia and since I have now retired I am really thinking about moving back there. The cost of living is pennies compared to the USA and I personally would trust an Indonesian before almost any American I know. If you travel there you will really feel welcome and enjoy yourself immensely.

  15. Good Outline

    I am an Indonesian and have been living in Indonesia with occasional travels abroad. Having been travelling within Indonesia, I would say the travel safety outline is almost 100% correct. Larger cities are less safe and smaller towns are mostly very safe. With the exception of certain provinces which have seen conflicts.

    Your warning about public transportation is unfortunately correct, particularly in Jakarta. Almost everyone who uses public transportation experiences encounter with pickpockets, some more than one time. I am included.

    One thing to add (if appropriate), traffic safety. Please be reminded, bad driving manner is persistent not only amongst motorists. You have to be very careful with practically every vehicle nearby.

  16. EW JAMIE

    Idk indonesia Jamie is. creep

Indonesia Rated 4.31 / 5 based on 29 user reviews.

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