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1) Passport holders from most countries now require a visa to enter Batam. You can get the visa on arrival (VOA) at all Batam Ferry Terminals (there are 5 terminals on Batam) or at the Hang Nadim Airport Terminal if arriving by plane. The cost for a VOA is currently USD$10 for 7 days and USD$25 for 7 to 30 days. For more details check out the info here about Batam visas

2) Most foreign currencies are accepted at hotels in Batam, as a lot of the hotels rates are listed in either Singapore dollars (SGD) or United States dollars (USD). There are many money changers on Batam, as well as banks that can change money for you. The hotels also can change money, but you will always get the best rate from the money changers, located along the main road in Nagoya (Batam’s main city). To find out what today’s exchange rate is use this currency converter

3) Batam time zone is GMT + 7 hours. Batam is the same time as Jakarta and is one hour behind Singapore & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Batam does not use “Daylight Saving Time”

4) The local language in Batam is “Bahasa Indonesia” or “the language of Indonesia”. Most Indonesian’s in Batam can speak English, and at hotels, shopping centers, golf courses, etc there will always be many that can speak English very well. Several Chinese languages are also used on Batam. If you would like to learn a few words in “Bahasa Indonesian” there is a learn Indonesian guide in this site that will help you

5) To get to Batam you can take a ferry from either Singapore's HarborFront Center Ferry Terminal or Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal , or from Malaysia's Stulang Laut Ferry Terminal or Pasir Gudang Ferry Terminal. There are 5 Batam Ferry Terminals to choose from as your destination. You can also take a domestic flight from other parts of Indonesia to Batam’s airport Hang Nadim Airport Terminal

6) Batam has many Spa’s and beauty clinics. Some are located in hotels while others are part of resorts. To view a list of Spa’s on Batam see our section on Batam Spa and Beauty Clinics

7) Batam has many budget hotels, with rooms ranging from those with air-con & bathroom; to rooms with a ceiling fan & share bathroom facilities. For more details on budget hotels, check out our page on Batam Hotels - Budget

8) There are several ferry companies that offer ferry services to Batam, you can get a ferry from Singapore or Malaysia to Batam. For details on ferry schedules, check out the links to the Batam ferry schedules here

9) Batam has 6 golf courses and one golf driving range. They all offer golf club hire, as well as having caddies and golf buggies. You can also bring your own clubs and golfing gear. Many of the golf courses offer package deals that include return ferry tickets, ferry terminal transfers, a round of golf + lunch. To see more details on golf courses, check out the page on Batam Golf Courses

10) Batam Island has several large shopping malls, which have plenty to offer the “shopper”. There are also plenty of smaller specialty & boutique shops around Nagoya (Batam’s main city). For more details on shopping check out our Batam Shopping guide

11) Batam has plenty of hotels to offer the visitor, ranging from 5 star to budget hotels. There are hotels in many parts of Batam, so you can choose from beach side hotels & resorts, hotels next to golf courses, hotels with spa packages, hotels in the main city (Nagoya) or villas in secluded locations. For more details, check out our Batam Hotels guide

12)There are good beaches in the Nongsa area of Batam, at Nongsa Marina & Resort and at Turi Beach Resort. There are also good beaches at Barelang Islands, just south of Batam, these islands are connected to Batam by bridges. For more details, check out Batam Beaches

13)Batam property is rented or sold through real estate agents or privately, depending on what the owner decides to do. Prices do vary, mainly according to location and size & type of property, age of property and its condition. You can usually bargain with the landlord or seller, and negotiate a good deal. For more details, check out Batam Property

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