Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau, on the island of Sumatera. It has an area of 632.26 km² with a population of 950,571, making it Sumatra's fourth largest municipality and the 9th-largest city in Indonesia. It is located on the banks of the Siak River, which drains into the Strait of Malacca. As a result, Pekanbaru has direct access to the busy strait and was long known as a trading port (the city name is derived from the Indonesian words for 'new market', "pekan" meaning 'market' and "baru" meaning 'new'). This city is served by the Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport and Sungai Duku Port that is located by the Siak River. A settlement has existed on the site since the 17th century. In the late 19th century, the city was developed to serve the coffee and coal industries, and the Dutch built roads to help ship goods to Singapore and Malacca.
Pekanbaru Tourist Places
The official currency in Indonesia is Rupiah. The currency code for Rupiahs is IDR and the currency symbol is Rp.
The official language for the conference is English.
Electricity & Plug
In Indonesia, electricity is supplied in 220 – 240 Volts, 50 Hz. The electrical outlet has two round holes, similar to those in continental Europe.
All travelers to Indonesia must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival, and have proof (tickets) of onward or return passage. The Indonesian Government extends Visa on Arrival (VoA) to nationals of 63 countries which can be obtained at designated entry airports and sea ports. Visa-on-Arrival are valid for 30 days and are extendable with another 30 days to be applied at Immigration offices in Indonesia. For more information, please visit [id.indo.com/tplan/visa.html]
Free Tourist Visa
Free Tourist short stay visas for 30 days are extended to tourists from 12 countries, namely from Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, Chile, Equador, Morocco and Peru.