IMPORTANT NOTES

For us, living and growing up in Aceh has been the most precious time we have ever had. We have moved on from the time of conflict, we have survived the devastation of the tsunami and we understand sharia. That’s why we love this place so much, we are passionate to protect and preserve the environment and our culture. And we want you to see what make us Acehnese and what makes everyone fall in love with Aceh.

  1. Culture: By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected. In remote and developing countries, do not expect standards you are accustomed to at home. Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable and itineraries may be altered. It is important that you are flexible, positive and eager to take on all challenges that may arise.
  2. Itinerary Disclaimer:While we endeavor to keep to schedule, occasionally unpredictable and uncontrollable circumstances like the weather can impact the availability of activities in the itinerary. Our team will always seek to mitigate and minimize the impact should this happen. Our priority is ensuring your comfort and happiness during your trip.
  3. Local Expert: One of our aims is to assist the growth of the local economy. It is essential to incorporate local experts not only as Get Aceh guides, but also as companions. These people must not be disregarded, as they know much about the historical, cultural, religious, social and environment aspects of the area.
  4. General Culture and Religion: The community is more accepting of visitors if they demonstrate that they are sensitive and considerate though their attitude, appearance and behavior. It is advised that you wear loose fitting clothes that covers your knees and shoulders when in public.
  5. Ramadhan: According to the lunar cycle, Ramadhan will fall between June 15 and July 16, 2015. Please note that Ramadhan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world. During this time those participating do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. Some trips will still be available, but please try avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can’t at that time.
  6. Visa: Please note that obtaining a visa is responsibility of the individual traveler. The visa requirements for your trip depend on which type of trip you choose. For the Basic, Adventure or Comfort trip you may get a Visa On Arrival at your first port of entry. Those who choose the Volunteer trip should apply for a Social Culture Visa or Research Visa at the Indonesian Embassy in Malaysia or Singapore if already in Indonesia. Alternatively you can organize this through your respective country’s Indonesian Embassy before leaving.
  7. Emergency Fund: Please make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as emergency funds to be used if unexpected circumstances arise. But you don’t have to worry this is purely a precaution!
  8. Exchange Rates: Based on www.xe.com on January, the 2014 currency exchange rate for 1 USD = 12.300 IDR. Don’t always expect low prices in Aceh – in the western part of Indonesia, access to products are difficult causing prices to rise.
  9. Health:You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizer / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our expert are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.
  10. Safety and security: All travelers will be reported to the Indonesian National Police and local government to ensure their security. Water-based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water-based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.
  11. Laundry:Laundry facilities are offered by in some of our visited locations for a charge. There will be times when you may want to, or have to do your own laundry, so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
  12. Conservation Issues: After experiencing years of conflict and a devastating tsunami in Aceh, there are those who are still denied the opportunity of quality education and access to employment. Due to a lack of education and knowledge, many people in Aceh feel that the environment is not their responsibility. Thus they are quick to use natural resources for trading and personal gain. However, this can be stopped by knowledge sharing and by demonstrating through our behavior that the environment is extremely important. By using correct practices we can show the community how they too can work to sustain ecological balance.