Jakarta - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the air quality like at post (good/moderate/bad)? Are there seasonal air quality issues? Does the air quality have an impact on health?

Air quality is quite bad, however other places are worse. An individual's response is... individual. My family was fine but I often felt sick if it went over a certain number. We used air purifiers in the home, but none at work or at the school. - Sep 2020

During the dry season it can get moderately bad, but certainly much better than New Delhi or Beijing. The U.S. embassy publishes live air quality levels. - Feb 2018

very unhealthy. Indonesians smoke everywhere including indoors. Sinus issues exacerbated. - Jun 2015

The air quality is awful. My husband developed asthma while living there. It is worse downtown near the U.S. Embassy than further south, but pretty much it's a dirty city. - Jan 2015

Jakarta is a congested city with lots of noise pollution and air pollution. - Jan 2013

Poor and unhealthy in Jakarta. Better if you get out of the city. - Jun 2012

fair to poor. - Jan 2012

The air quality in Jakarta is very unhealthy. I think people with asthma and other respiratory illnesses are advised not come here. I knew of many people at the embassy when we were there who repeatedly came down with(usually minor) respiratory illnesses of some sort. - Jul 2011

They say it is bad, the air quality, but it is so much better than so many other places. I would go with "moderate." - Jul 2011

Crazy bad. Much worse if sitting in the notorious traffic breathing the fumes through the car vents. Unavoidable. - Dec 2010

Amongst the worst in the world. - Nov 2010

Jakarta's air quality cannot be considered healthy. The lungs tend to burn after going for a run outside. Smog is visible some days. - Jul 2010

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