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Indonesia - Getting There
The two main international airports are Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) at Tangerang, Banten, near Jakarta, and Ngurah Rai (DPS) at Denpasar, Bali. There are however many cities which have air links with neighbouring countries which can be interesting and convenient entry points into Indonesia. They include: Medan with to/flights from Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as Singapore; Pekanbaru in Sumatra with flights to/from Malacca, Malaysia and Singapore; Padang in Sumatra with flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore; Palembang in Sumatra with flights from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Malaysia and Singapore; Pontianak in West Kalimantan to/from Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia and Singapore; Tarakan in East Kalimantan to/from Tawau in Sabah, Malaysia; Manado in North Sulawesi to/from Davao in the Philippines; and Kupang in West Timor to/from Darwin in Australia, and Dili, East Timor.
Garuda Indonesia Garuda, the state airline, provides links to Asian, Australian and European destinations and while its planes are a bit tatty, they are a fairly safe and often cheap option.
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 fares for flying within the Southeast Asia region have gone down a lot with the advent of low cost carriers. Among them are Air Asia, Tiger Airways and Jetair Asia/Valuair.
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. See the pages for each city for more details.
- Frequent ferries to/from the various ports of Batam (Sekupang, Batu Ampar, Nongsa, Marina Teluk Senimba and Batam Centre).
- Frequent ferries also go to/from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at Singapore airport Changi to ports like the capital of Riau province Tanjung Pinang a visa-on-arrival port at the Island Bintan.Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi (Bintan Resorts),Bandar Sri Udana Lobam.
- 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.
Please note that Tanjung Batu is NOT a visa-free or visa-on-arrival port of entry. There may however be exceptions for visa-free visitors.
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.
Please note that Tanjung Balai Asahan is NOT a visa-free or visa-on-arrival port of entry. There may however be exceptions for visa-free visitors.
From Sabah, Malaysia
- Daily ferries link Tawau with Nunukan and Tarakan, both in East Kalimantan province on Borneo.
Please note that Nunukan and Tarakan are NOT visa-free or visa-on-arrival ports of entry. Again, there may be exceptions for visa-free visitors.
> By land
The only formal way to enter by land is at the Entikong-Tebedu crossing between West Kalimantan and Sarawak, Malaysia on Borneo. The crossing in on the main route between Kuching, (Sarawak) 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.
Other recognized but informal crossings to enter by land are:
- From Vanimo (Papua New Guinea) to Jayapura, the capital of Indonesian Papua.
- Mota'ain between Batugade in East Timor and Atambua, West Timor.
Note: It is not guaranteed that you will be able to enter Indonesia through these crossings and non-Indonesians are required to apply for visas at the nearest Indonesian Embassy or Consulate.
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