Before embarking on a trip to Indonesia, it will be helpful to
browse through some information on Indonesian Etiquette, so that
you do not hurt the sensibilities of the people, even by mistake,
while on a trip there.
Further more learning
about the Indonesian Etiquette will help you blend in better with
the locals and even surprise your host with some pleasant
Like any other place in the world, when visiting Indonesia,
visitors should observe the local customs and practices, which are
held very dear by the Indonesian people.
Some common courtesies and customs are as follows:
are generally acceptable for both men and women, some Muslim women
may acknowledge introductions to gentlemen by merely nodding and
smiling. A handshake should only be initiated by ladies.
There is no grasping in Salam, in this form of greeting, the man
offers both hands, lightly touches his friends outstretched hands,
and then brings his hands to his chest to mean, "I greet you from
my heart". The visitor should reciprocate the salam.
It is considered polite to call before visiting a home.
Unannounced visits are not expected. Always remove your shoes
before entering someone’s home. It is a common practice to offer
drinks to guests, so if offered it is polite to accept.
Always use your right hand while eating or giving and receiving
objects. Do not point at places, objects or persons with the right
forefinger. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with four fingers
folded under is the preferred usage for the purpose.
Always remove your shoes before entering places of worship such as
mosques and temples. Some mosques provide robes and scarves for
female visitors to cover there heads before entering the place of
It is usually permitted to take photographs at places of worship.
However, always ask permission beforehand.
As over 85% of the Indonesian population is Muslim, drinking is
not a common practice and hence toasting is not a common practice