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Gay Guide Indonesia
The age of consent for sexual acts is set at 18. In the Indonesian province of Aceh – the only part of Indonesia which enforces Islamic Sharia law and has autonomous control over crime and punishment - has introduced a harsh new law that re-introduces caning as a punishment for homosexuality which may also applies to foreign tourists. The new by-law outlaws gay sex for both men and women, foreign nationals and locals, Muslims and non-Muslims. Anyone caught engaging in homosexual acts can be punished with 100 months in jail, 100 lashes, or a fine. Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population – but outside of province of Aceh most practice a more moderate form of this religion. Legal guidelines regarding HIV/AIDS do not exist. This is surprising as AIDS is a major problem in most countries in the region. Those infected with AIDS travelling to Indonesia can possibly be refused entry or threatened with quarantine. There is a gay scene with bars and clubs in Jakarta, Surabaya, Jogyakarta and other large cities as well as Bali. Another possible meeting places are the many juice-bars in the flashy shopping centres in all the larger cities.
Islands in Indonesia
Name: Indonesien · Indonésie
Location: Southeast Asia
International country code: 62 (omit 0 from area codes)
International access code: 001 or 008
Language: Bahasa Indonesia. English as language of commerce
Area: 1,912,988 km² / 738,608 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Rupiah (Rp.) = 100 Sen
Religions: 87% Moslem
Climate: Tropical climate that is hot and humid. The best time to visit is in the dry season (May-Oct).
Important gay cities: Bali, Jakarta