Building peace in the minds of men and women

World Press Freedom Day 2017

Practical Information

Visa's and Customs

In order to enter the Republic of Indonesia, a valid passport with a minimum validity of at least six months from the date of entry and a valid onward or return ticket are required. Since 2015, visa-free entry for a stay of up to 30 days has been made available for nationals from 169 countries. Please notice the specific requirements and purpose pertaining to this type of visa listed on the website of the Directorate-General of Immigration.

Visit visa's are available for nationals from countries which are not included on the visa exempt list, for which an application needs to be submitted at an Indonesian Embassy or Consulate prior to leaving for the Republic of Indonesia. When granted, a visit visa is valid for 60 days. Participants are advised to read carefully the limitation of the regulations pertaining to the visit visa. For those who wish to apply for journalists’ visa, please kindly follow the correct application procedure.

A special immigration desk will be set up in the Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International airport to assist international participants on their arrival.

Please consult the website of the Directorate-General of Immigration for more information.

Travel and getting around

Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) is located around 30 km from the city centre of Jakarta and is easily accessible. A welcome desk will be set up after the baggage claim in Terminal 2 to support participants upon arrival. A shuttle service will be organized every two hours to bring participants from the airport to the conference hotel, the Sultan Hotel & Residence (one way). 

A taxi ride lasts 30 to 45 minutes starting from IDR 200,000 and can be booked from the counters located after customs on the Arrivals level. Several taxi companies operate from the airport and throughout the city, including Blue Bird, Silver Bird, Golden Bird and Express. Blue Bird taxis are blue and provide a basic and reliable taxi service. Silver Bird taxis are black and provide premium services for a higher rate. Please make sure you only use metered taxis.


The pre-events and main events, including the international conference, of World Press Freedom Day 2017 will be held at the Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention Centre.

Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270
P.O. Box 4916, Jakarta 10049, Indonesia
+62 (21) 5726000 | Website

The Convention Centre is accessible by vehicle or taxi from Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, and Jl. Gerbang Pemuda.

For more information about the Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention Centre, please consult their website.


Participants are advised to stay in the suggested hotels due to safety and traffic conditions. For participants who prefer to stay in other hotels in Jakarta City, a minimum travel time of 45-60 minutes to the conference should be expected. Please consult the below overview when booking your accommodation. Self-financed participants are advised to contact the hotels directly.

Additional Information


Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia. English is spoken to some extent in major cities and tourist areas. The official language of the World Press Freedom Day 2017 plenaries and sessions will be English and Bahasa Indonesia. Simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Climate and Clothing

Jakarta enjoys a tropical climate. As the rainy season is transitioning into the dry season, the month of May is warm (from 25 to 32 degrees centigrade) with high humidity levels.


The currency of Indonesia is the Rupiah (IDR).


The standard voltage used in Indonesia is 220V, with a frequency of 50 Hz. Plug types G and C, commonly found in Europe, are used. A plug adapter and a step-down transformer will be necessary when your appliances use a lower voltage and/or another type of plug.

Insurance and health

It is recommended that participants take out insurance in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons as well as necessary travel insurance to cover accidents, medical expenses, and loss of personal belongings for the duration of their visit. Before visiting Indonesia, being vaccinated against hepatitis A, tetanus, polio, typhiod, and diphteria are strongly recommended. 

The risk of contracting malaria is at a minimum in Jakarta, although there is a risk of dengue fever and Zika virus infection. Measures to prevent mosquito bites are advised and include the following: wearing long-sleeved clothing, using mosquito repellent, and sleeping with a mosquito net or with the airconditioning running.

Indonesian tap water is unsafe to drink.

Force Majeure

UNESCO and its partners are not liable for any claims for damages and/or losses if the entire conference has to be cancelled due to a force majeure incident.


UNESCO and its partners are not liable for damages and/or losses of any kind which may be incurred by the participants or by any other individual(s) accompanying them, both during the conference as well as going to/from the conference. Participants and delegates are responsible for their own safety and belongings.