The visa requirements depend on the length of your stay and on your home country’s regulations. Indonesian visa requirements are prone to changes. Thus, it is important to check the respective requirements at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country before you start on your journey.
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In Flores you will experience a different but probably more exciting kind of shopping beyond your notions of malls and supermarkets. There are many small to larger local markets where you can find fresh agricultural produce, fish, meat and many other regional products.
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With the current insufficient network facilities, a fast reliable internet and mobile connection still is somewhat of a luxury in Flores. While you can find internet cafes as well as a fair mobile network in the district capitals and the larger towns, be prepared to be cut off from mobile communication in remoter areas.
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In Flores, only Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) is accepted for cash payments. In general, the payment in Flores is cash-based. Money transfers are usually not possible, as using international accounts is not very common yet. There are ATMs in the district capitals which – depending on the Bank - accept the major credit cards (Visa/ Master) where you can get cash. The ATMs of BNI (National Bank of Indonesia) are the most reliable. The banks will also change your foreign currency into IDR. In Labuan Bajo, you also have the option to change your money at local money changers. Be sure to check about their exchange rates and fees before the transaction. Travellers Cheques are rather difficult to change.
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While visiting Flores, you will notice many cultural differences, also in matters of behavior. Visitors who respect the local customs and traditions will find a heartwarming hospitality from their Indonesian hosts and get an unforgettable travel experience. It is therefore an advantage if you consider some basic cultural do’s and don’t’s for Flores.
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Bahasa Indonesia is considered to be one of the easiest spoken languages to learn as there are no tenses, complicated plural forms or gender articles. Furthermore, its pronunciation is quite easy. Although you will encounter many different languages and local dialects in Flores, it is useful to have a basic knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia. Except of the old people who have not learned the Indonesian language at school yet, almost everyone in Flores speaks the national language. Do not expect to get along well with English, though. Most of the Florinese people know some phrases or words, but usually it is not possible to hold a fluent conversation outside of areas like Labuan Bajo which are highly frequented with foreign visitors. If you travel to remote areas, it is advisable to hire a local guide who can translate the conversations for you. It will make your stay much more interesting.
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A journey to a foreign country is always a trip through its culinary landscapes and a door to the social world of its inhabitants. For the Florinese people, eating and especially sharing a meal with their family and friends, is a very important part of their communal life. Therefore, meals are not only a means to get one’s caloric intake, but a symbol for sharing, social cohesion, communication, family unity and integration.
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Health centers, hospitals, and general practitioners are present throughout Flores. However, in case of emergency, the limited equipment may not be sufficient. Depending on the case, admission to a renowned hospital on Bali or Singapore is advised.
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Before you start on your journey to Flores, make sure to consult a doctor or a clinic specialized in travel medicine. The vaccinations and preventive measures needed depend on the length of your stay, the activities you may be undertaking, as well as your personal health conditions. Since the vaccinations have to be made up to eight weeks before departure, it is imprtant to contact the doctor early. All vaccinations are registered in an international certificate of vaccinations, which is a part of your travel documents to bring along.
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Tropical diseases in Flores
The diseases mentioned below are spread throughout the Americas, South-East Asia and the Western Pacific. The risk of getting infected – particularly with Malaria - affects Flores as well. Therefore, we highly recommend you to seek medical advice and take the necessary measures before you start on your trip.
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