Districts and Healthcare in Jakarta

As an expat living in Jakarta, you will be living in Indonesia’s largest city. With its ten million inhabitants, Jakarta is a metropolis with international flair. Read the InterNations guide on Jakarta for more information on Southeast Asia’s “Big Apple”, from culture to healthcare.


Jakarta is divided into several municipalities, each of which has its own administrative system. As Jakarta is officially not a city, but rather a province, it is best to briefly introduce each of the municipalities:

  • Central Jakarta, Jakarta Puscat, is the smallest municipality. Despite being the administrative and political heart of Jakarta, it is also a very lovely place to live. With large parks, Dutch colonial buildings and an all-around European feel, it is often preferred by well-off expats.
  • West Jakarta, Jakarta Barat, contains a large number of small-scale industries. It is also home to Jakarta’s “Chinatown”, as there is a significantly large population of Chinese people living there.
  • Jakarta Selatan, or South Jakarta, is probably the wealthiest part of the province. With large upscale shopping centers and affluent residential areas, it can – if one’s budget suffices – be a comfortable district to live in. In addition to the shopping and residential section, it also includes the Jakarta Central Business District within its administrative boundaries. Expat families living in South Jakarta appreciate the proximity of several international schools.
  • East Jakarta, Jakarta Timur, is a less residentially-friendly area, as it contains not only several of Jakarta’s industrial sectors, but also the Halim Perdanaksuma Airport.
  • North Jakarta, Jakarta Utara, located on the Java Sea, is also not a preferred place for expat living, since it includes the commercial seaport and many industrial areas. However, it also features the largest tourism area in all of Southeast Asia: the “Ancol Dreamland”.

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If you are expecting five-star service in a healthcare facility in Indonesia, you may be disappointed. Although medical facilities – especially private clinics – usually have up-to-date standards, most expats prefer to jet off to Singapore in the event of a more serious operation or procedure.

Although hospitals in Jakarta do indeed have very good standards, they are in high demand and thus often overcrowded. In order to quickly get treatment for a smaller medical emergency or simply a general check-up, it is advisable to visit a private clinic. There are several of these in Jakarta and their medical staff is highly qualified.

Due to the lack of a socialized healthcare system in Indonesia (although a national healthcare scheme is in its planning stages), it is recommended to invest in a comprehensive international health insurance plan. Please remember that if you plan on living in Jakarta with your family, you should get them insured as well. Allianz Worldwide Care offers a list of hospitals and medical facilities located in Jakarta’s various municipalities.

Health Concerns

The World Health Organization advises any person planning on staying in Jakarta over a prolonged period of time to get booster shots for standard immunizations and receive the following vaccines as a measure of precaution: Japanese encephalitis, rabies, hepatitis A and B and typhoid fever. Jakarta is considered malaria-free, but the disease is common in other parts of Indonesia. It is therefore important to protect yourself against insect bites and to be familiar with the early symptoms of malaria as well as dengue fever. When you’re in doubt if you are just suffering from the flu or if it’s anything more serious, go to see a doctor!

As always when someone moves abroad to a tropical clime, it is not uncommon to suffer a bout of sudden illness, which may be related to the heat, water consumption or a certain spice, etc. In this case, rest assured that all pharmacies (apotik) in Jakarta have medication similar to that which you are used to from your country of origin. It is wise to get the generic and medical names of any medication you take on a regular basis, as well as those you wish to take against e.g. stomach flu, in English and Indonesian. This will make getting the proper medication at the pharmacy in Jakarta a lot easier.



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