Visiting Indonesia during Ramadan

  By Anna Scriven

Visiting a Muslim country during Ramadan can be a unique and rewarding experience. However, you must be aware of local customs (and, in some cases, laws) regarding the fast. During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat, drink, or smoke between sunrise and sunset. In most countries, it is viewed as respectful to not break the fast in front of participants, but the extent of this varies a lot depending on which country you are visiting.

Although Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, tourists are generally less affected by Ramadan than elsewhere, as the country does have several other religious minorities.

The popular destination of Bali has a predominantly Hindu population, so visitors will not be restricted by Ramadan.

Even in predominantly Muslim areas (such as Jakarta), the rules surrounding Ramadan are not too strict. It may be difficult to find restaurants open at lunchtime, but Western-style restaurants and fast food chains will be available, as will some independent restaurants run by non-Muslims.

Remember that Eid al-Fitr (or Idul Fitri) is still an important holiday in Indonesia despite the relaxed regulation – so flights, trains and buses will be crowded as people visit family and many shops will close for the celebration.

Ramadan dates in 2023: 22 March – 20 April.
Ramadan dates in 2024: 10 March – 9 April.

Find our suggestions for the best holidays in Bali and the rest of Indonesia.

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Travel restrictions have been lifted by the UK, but some other countries still have measures in place. Check the latest government travel advice.