Indonesia Currency is called Rupiah (Rp). The Rupiah Notes are 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000 and Coins 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000.

If you bring American Dollars (US$) to Indonesia, please kindly noted that the following US Currency/ US Dollar notes are not accepted at major banks or money changers:

  • Serial Number started with CB and DB
  • Printing year before 2004
  • Illegally written and teared notes

Money Changer

Many small money changer shops are available in the island and run an illegal business which might cause you considerable loss if you change your money there. The modus operandi of these shops is by putting a higher exchange rate than the market to attract you to change your money there. Once you agree to change your money, the shop staffs will surround you and talk nicely to distact you when the money is being counted. Therefore to be safe we recommend that you change your money at the banks or at the hotel cashiers even though the exchange rates are below the market. In case you have to change your money at one of the illegal shops, please make sure:
  • Bring your own calculator
  • Count your money before handing it to them
  • Calculate the rate with your own calculator and compare it with their calculation
  • Count the money (Rupiah) you receive carefully
  • If the amount is not correct, ask them for the rest or call the nearest authority or police