Useful Information

Useful Information

Hybrid 28th Annual Meeting of Asia-Pacific Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group (APBMT)

Official Language
The official language of the conference is English.

Local Language

It is a great season to visit Semarang since it has a tropical rainforest climate so the heat is bearable and the rains cool down the land and make it amiable for touring around. The average temperature across Semarang City is expected to be around 30°C (87°F) and 32°C (90°F). The best time to visit is during the drier months: July, August, and September.

Indonesia has three-time zone to cover the entire country. Western Indonesian Time (WIT) is 7 hours ahead of GMT/BST.

The voltage in Indonesia is 220 volts. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 220 Volts. Wall sockets accept plugs with two round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, most Conference Hotels will provide adaptors on request but it may be useful to carry your own for convenience. Most laptops have adaptors that accept 110-240 volts, but will still need plugs of the type shown below. Typical Indonesia 2-Pin plugs.

Please find below the approximate conversion rate of the listed currencies, for your reference.
1 Euro = 16.308 IDR | 1 USD = 15.166 IDR | 1 GBP = 18.543 IDR | 1 AUD = 10.088 IDR | 1 JPY = 115,99 IDR

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Semarang sightseeing
Semarang is the heart of Central Java, and with its multicultural history would be the best city for those who love exploring cities with diverse cultural heritage. It’s also one of the largest metropolitan cities in Indonesia and provides so many compelling itineraries for you to visit.

This city is also known as Kota Lumpia or Lumpia City. Lumpia is one of the most delicious snacks you could ever find in Indonesia. It’s a snack born by the acculturation of two cultures, Javanese and Chinese, and a typical food from Semarang.

As one of the huge cities in Indonesia, Semarang is never deserted by tourists from all over the world.

Safety and Security
Follow the same rules of safety that you follow while traveling anywhere else with respect to using hotel safe deposit boxes and keeping travel documents safe. When in public places, keep your travel documents in your hotel or with you all the time when moving about. Always carry the hotel address with you when you leave the hotel.


  • Take possession of Proof of Vaccination or COVID-19 Vaccination certificate (COVAX), either physical or digital, in English or English-other foreign language
  • There is no need to present Negative proof of COVID-19 RT-PCR Test.
  • International travelers are required to register to SATUSEHAT Mobile website or application in your Apple Store, or Android Play. You will get a unique QR code (on the profile page after the registration process) to show upon check-in and arrival at the

The following is a guide to register and display a QR code profile on the SATUSEHAT Mobile website or application:

  1. Via SATUSEHAT Mobile App
    – Download the SATUSEHAT Mobile
    – Click “Register” to create an account or “Log in” with a registered account
    – Enter your name and email to register or log in to an account
    – Enter the OTP code sent via email
    – Select the “Account” menu at the top left to complete the profile
    – Click the pencil icon to edit and complete the profile
    – Fill in the required data, then click “Save”
    – Click the “Show QR Code” button
    – Show the QR code to the airport officials.
  2. Via website
    – Log in to the website, then select the “My Account” menu
    – If the QR code is not available, click the “Update Profile” button
    – Fill in your NIK (Indonesian citizens) and/or passport number (Indonesian citizens or foreigners),then click “Save”
    – The QR code will appear if the NIK or passport number has been filled in,
    -Show the QR code to the airport officials

The Government exempted the following international travelers from the COVID-19 vaccination record card requirement :

  1. Diplomatic and service/official visa holders who are with an official ministerial-to-presidential level delegation and foreign citizens who are entering Indonesia under the TCA by upholding principles of reciprocity;
  2. Foreign citizens who travel domestically for leaving abroad (transit);
  3. Individuals under the age of 18-year-old;
  4. Individuals who may not have received a second-dose vaccine and prove with a COVID-19 recovery certificate from a local hospital; Individuals who may have special medical conditions which hinder them from getting COVID-19 vaccines that are proven by local hospitals from respective counties before check-in and upon arrival in Indonesia.

Smoking Policy
All public areas are non-smoking except for specifically labeled smoking areas.

Insurance and Liability
The Organizers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel, or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their insurance policies before departure from their countries.
While every attempt is made to ensure efficient, trouble-free hospitality, including hotel accommodation, sightseeing, and tours, participants are advised that no liability accrues to the Organizers in the event of any necessary modifications, including change in itineraries for tours due to delays or cancellations of flights/other exigencies beyond the Organizers’ control.

Restrictions on Export of Articles

  • Export of all wild animals indigenous to the country and articles made from such listed animals like skins, pelts, furs, ivory, rhino horns, and trophies are totally banned. Banned items do not include peacock feathers and handicrafts made from them.
  • Antiques that include sculpture, painting or other works of arts or crafts illustrative of science, art, craft, or religion of bygone ages and of historical interest which have been in existence for not less than 100 years may not be exported from Indonesia.
  • Manuscripts or other documents of scientific, historical, literary, or aesthetic value in existence for not less than seventy-five years: art treasures not necessarily antiques but of artistic or aesthetic value, also cannot be exported out of Indonesia

Food and Drink

  • Please note that tap water is unsafe and must be avoided. Most hotels/restaurants provide filtered/RO water which is safe to drink. During the conference, water dispensers with clean and safe drinking water will be made available.
  • Be careful about the provenance of what you eat. Steer clear of uncooked or unpeeled fruit and vegetables outside the hotels/quality restaurants. Do sample local restaurants too, but use your discretion with regard to hygiene and food quality.
  • We suggest that you eat meat only in hygienic restaurants.


Tipping (where it’s warranted) is common practice in Indonesia. It’s fine to tip in a popular foreign currency or local currency. Naturally, it’s never compulsory -and should only be done if you’re happy with the service. Tipping is usually around 5% to 10%.


  • Keep extra photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport in a safe place.
  • Be wary of impostor porters or guides. Assure that they are properly uniformed or identified. Never leave your luggage, briefcase, laptops, or other items unattended.
  • Insist on the taxi/auto meter being flagged down in your presence.
  • In cities, you can change most major foreign currencies and brands of travelers’ cheques but you’ll widen your options and save yourself hassles if you stick to US dollars or pounds sterling