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Indonesia Getting in & out

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By plane

The three main international airports are Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) at Tangerang, Banten, near Jakarta, Ngurah Rai (DPS) at Denpasar, Bali and Juanda (SUB) at Surabaya, East Java. There are however many cities which have air links with neighbouring countries such as Singapore and Malaysia (particularly Kuala Lumpur) which can be interesting and convenient entry points into Indonesia.

Garuda Indonesia

The state airline, provides links to Asian and Australian destinations and while its planes are a bit tatty, they are a fairly safe and often a cheap option. While banned from the EU for a while, the ban was lifted in 2009 and they plan to restart direct flights to Europe in 2010.

Travel to Indonesia from America costs around US$1000. As travel from most of Europe or anywhere in the USA will take over 20 hours, many flights stop in Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei or Singapore before arriving in Jakarta. Sydney, though, is just 6-8 hours away.

The cost of flying to Indonesia from within the Southeast Asia region have gone down a lot with the advent of low cost carriers. Among them are AirAsia which has excellent coverage of Indonesia from its hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, as well as Singaporean competitors Tiger Airways Jetstar Asia/Valuair and SilkAir SilkAir is actually a full-service, full-fare airline, but they often have very good promotions if you book in advance.

By boat

Ferries connect Indonesia with Singapore and Malaysia. Most connections are between ports in Sumatra (mostly in Riau and Riau Islands provinces) and those in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, although there is also a ferry service between Malaysia's Sabah state with East Kalimantan on Borneo. Onward boat connections to Jakarta and other Indonesian islands are available from these ports. 

From Singapore

  • Frequent ferries to/from the various ports of Batam (Sekupang, Batu Ampar, Nongsa, Marina Teluk Senimba and Batam Centre).
  • Frequent ferries to Tanjung Pinang and Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi (Bintan Resorts) on Bintan.
  • Several ferries daily to/from Tanjung Balai in Karimun Island.
  • One daily ferry, increasing to two during weekends, to/from Tanjung Batu in Kundur Island.

From Peninsular Malaysia

  • Daily ferries run from Penang to Belawan, the port for Medan, Sumatra.
  • Daily ferries go from Port Klang near Kuala Lumpur to Dumai in Riau, Sumatra and Tanjung Balai Asahan in North Sumatra.
  • Daily ferries between Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan and Dumai in Riau province, Sumatra.
  • Daily ferries link Malacca with Dumai and Pekanbaru in Riau province, Sumatra.
  • Frequent ferries go from Kukup, Johor to Tanjung Balai* on Karimun Island in the Riau Islands.
  • Frequent ferries link the Johor Bahru with Batam and the capital of Riau province Tanjung Pinang at the Island Bintan in the Riau Islands.
  • Regular ferries also link Tanjung Belungkor in Johor with Batam.

From Sabah, Malaysia

  • Daily ferries link Tawau with Nunukan and Tarakan, both in East Kalimantan province on Borneo.

By land

From East Timor

The main crossing is at Mota'ain between Batugade in East Timor and Atambua, West Timor.

From Malaysia

The only formal way to enter by land from Malaysia is at the Entikong-Tebedu crossing between West Kalimantan and Sarawak, Malaysia on Borneo. The crossing in on the main route between Kuching and Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan. As the crossing is listed only as a visa-free entry point, nationalities who do not qualify for this will have to apply for visas beforehand.

From Papua New Guinea

The only recognized crossing into Indonesia is at Wutung, between Vanimo in Sandaun Province in Papua New Guinea, and Jayapura, the capital of Indonesian Papua.

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Transport Hubs in Indonesia

Airport Airports
Juanda (Surabaya, East Java), Adisutjipto (Yogyakarta, Java), Adi Sumarno (Solo, Central Java), Achmad Yani (Semarang, Central Java), El Tari (Kupang, West Timor), Hang Nadim (Batam, Riau Islands), Hasanuddin (Makassar, South Sulawesi), Husein Sastranegara (Band... more
in Indonesia
Harbor Seaports
Bandar Seri Udana Lobam (Batam, Riau Islands), Belawan (Medan, North Sumatra), Bitung (Manado, North Sulawesi), Lembar (Mataram, Lombok), Nongsa Terminal Bahari (Batam, Riau Islands), Sekupang (Batam, Riau Islands), Sri Bayintan (Tanjung Pinang, Bintan, Riau Isl... more
in Indonesia
Airport Airports
Juanda (Surabaya, East Java), Adisutjipto (Yogyakarta, Java), Adi Sumarmo (Solo, Central Java), Achmad Yani (Semarang, Central Java), El Tari (Kupang, West Timor), Halim Perdanakusuma (Jakarta), Hassanudin (Makasar, South Sulawesi), Ngurah Rai (Denpasar, Bali), ... more
in Indonesia
Harbor Seaports
Bandar Bentan Telani Lagoi (Bintan, Riau Islands), Bandar Seri Udana Lobam (Bintan, Riau Islands), Batu Ampar (Batam, Riau Islands), Belawan (Medan, North Sumatra), Benoa (Bali), Bitung (Manado, North Sulawesi), Jayapura (Papua), Marina Teluk Senimba (Batam, Ria... more
in Indonesia
Airport Medan Polonia International Airport
(IATA: MES | ICAO: WIMM) has direct connections to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Penang for its regional flight and Jakarta, Batam, Pekanbaru, Padang, Banda Aceh and Lhokseumawe for its Domestic flight. The terminal building provides basic facilities including ATM... more
in Sumatera Utara
Airport Minangkabau International Airport
(Bandara Internasional Minangkabau - BIM) (PDG), located 23 km north-west of Padang, is the main gateway to West Sumatra, with frequent flights to destinations throughout Sumatra and Java, as well as Kuala Lumpur ( AirAsia).  Tiger Airways and  SilkAir... more
in Sumatera Barat
Airport Denpasar International Airport
The airport will not win any awards for style, but it is functional enough and has the usual complement of overpriced restaurants, duty-free shops and other services. ATMs which accept Cirrus and Plus cards for withdrawals... more
Rp 150,000 International Departure Tax, in Bali
Bus Terminal Getting out of the airport in Bali
The airport The airport will not win any awards for style, but it is functional enough and has the usual complement of overpriced restaurants, duty-free shops and other services. ATMs which accept Cirrus and Plus cards for withdrawals are available in airport de... more
in Bali
Airport Soekarno Hatta International Airport
Soekarno Hatta International Airport is at Tangerang, Banten. All international and nearly all domestic flights land here 20 km (12 miles) to the northwest of the city.  The unintuitive airport code comes from ''Cengkareng'', a district near the airport. Du... more
in Jakarta
Harbor PT Angkutan Sungai Danau dan Penyeberangan
(ASDP): daily ferry service from Ujung Kamal, Madura to Tanjung Perak, Surabaya.
in Surabaya
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