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Indonesia is open to international tourism

Indonesia (including the resort island of Bali) welcomes all foreign tourists, recently abolishing nearly all travel restrictions to enter the country. There is a no-quarantine and no tests pre- and post-arrival for fully vaccinated international travelers. Visa-on-arrival (VoA) has been resumed on 28th April 2022 for passport holders from 60 countries. Citizens of nine ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) are eligible for visa exemption.

When entering Indonesia, you must show a copy of a return ticket or ticket continuing the journey to another country.

Foreign passengers are allowed to transit through Indonesian airports as long as they remain airside, have proof of their vaccination status and onward flight tickets.

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Things to know before flying to Indonesia
Airlines flying to IndonesiaAir France, ANA, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air , Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Jetstar, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, SAS, Saudia, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Australia, Vistara
Indonesian airlinesAirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Super Air Jet, Susi Air, TransNusa, Trigana AirWings Air
Main airportsSoekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) – Jakarta, Java
Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport (HLP) – Jakarta, Java
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) – Denpasar, Bali
Juanda International Airport (SUB) – Surabaya, East Java
Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG) – Makassar, Sulawesi
Kualanamu International Airport (KNO) – Medan, North Sumatra
Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) – Yogyakarta, Java
Supadio International Airport (PNK) – Pontianak, West Kalimantan (Borneo)
Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport (LOP) – Mataram, Lombok
Minangkabau International Airport (PDG) – Padang, West Sumatra

Best stopoversBangkok, Fiji and Pacific Islands, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, SeoulSingapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo (from US)
Bangkok, Dubai, Delhi, Colombo, Ho Chi Minh, and Singapore (from Europe)
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €600 – €1000 (from Europe)
✈ $700 to $1200 (from USA)
ATC price✈ 40% — 80% off regular price
Official websitesWonderful Indonesia (official tourism website)
Welcome Back To Bali (official Bali tourism website)
Visas to Indonesia (Directorate General of Immigration)
Bali International Arrivals (Bali airport flight status)
Garuda Indonesia (national airline of Indonesia)

Tips, tricks & hacks
for flying to Indonesia

Don’t book tours or activities in advance

For most Indonesian tourist destinations, anything you see online will be more expensive than what you pay at your local travel agent. So do research online, choose your itinerary, then wait till you arrive and you can negotiate a much lower price in person.

Book a seat in a quiet zone

Some airlines (for example AirAsia X) start to offer child-free "quiet zones" for a peaceful flight experience. Children below 10 years old are not allowed in this section. Those seats are usually located in front of the plane (bonus: less noise from the engines) with soft ambient lighting and early meal service.

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Airports in Indonesia

Indonesia has Indonesia has over 600 airports, ranging from large international airports to modest unpaved airstrips on remote islands (it's the world's largest archipelago). When flying to Indonesia, you will most likely arrive at one of these busy international airports – Soekarno–Hatta CGK in Jakarta, Ngurah Rai DPS in Bali, Juanda SUB near Surabaya, Yogyakarta International Airport YIA, Sultan Hasanuddin UPG in Makassar, Hang Nadim BTH in Batam, and Kualanamu KNO in Medan.

As in any country, airports with the largest volume of flights are located near major cities – about 10 to 20 kilometers from the city center – with public transport and airport shuttle service available. These are hubs for major Indonesian airlines, with large passenger terminals, first class lounges, shops, and restaurants.

Jakarta from

Bali (Denpasar) from

Surabaya from

Best airports for populartourist destinations

Whether planning a trip or just exploring possibilities, here’s a list of the best places to visit in Indonesia and the nearest (or most convenient) airports to fly into.

Destination in IndonesiaBest airport
BaliDenpasar DPS
Gili Islands — Lombok, West Nusa TenggaraMataram LOP or Denpasar DPS
Komodo National Park — Flores, East Nusa TenggaraLabuan Bajo LBJ
Borobudur Temple — JavaYogyakarta JOG, Yogyakarta YIA or Semarang SRG
Mount Bromo — JavaSurabaya SUB
Krakatoa — LampungJakarta CGK
Lake Toba — North SumatraSilangit DTB
Tana Toraja — South SulawesiToraja TRT
Tanjung Puting National Park — Kalimantan, BorneoPangkalan Bun PKN
Raja Ampat — PapuaSorong SOQ

Flights from United States to Indonesia (airports nearby Mountain View)

Here are some examples of the real-time economy class airfares from United States to Indonesia in October 2022. All prices are for one-way flights.

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Avoid currency exchange kiosks at airports

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Indonesian airports are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

Plan ahead and exchange some money for Indonesian rupiah at home.

Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, Singapore Airlines, and others).

When it comes to Twitter, there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add "@airline_handle", for example: "@IndonesiaGaruda"). The customer care team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

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Stopover options for traveling to Indonesia

Direct flights to Indonesia can be expensive. So if you’re looking at a long-haul trip with at least one connection, rather than simply transiting an airport, why not take an opportunity and plan a longer stopover? It won’t only break up your journey but will become a legitimate part of your vacation.

When booking flight tickets, many airlines include a stopover en route to your final destination. Those flights are usually cheaper than non-stop flights, and they can be a great way of seeing more than one place on your trip. You can often add it at no additional cost, just by looking for multi-city flights with longer layovers.

Check flight prices and other details for these great stopover options when traveling to Indonesia:

Flights to Indonesia fromUnited States and Canada

  • Most flying routes from North America to Indonesia are over the Pacific, even if the departure airport is on the east coast. Travel times for these routes vary between 20 to 26 hours depending on the point of departure, length of layover, etc.
  • For long-haul flights choosing a reputable airline is crucial. Comfortable seats, inflight entertainment, food and drinks, and just the general atmosphere of the flight can make a big difference to the trip. For flights from the United States or Canada to Indonesia, we recommend legacy carriers such as American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines.
  • There are no direct flights from the United States or Canada to Indonesia. However, most main hubs in SE Asia have direct flights to Indonesia, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop.
  • When flying to Indonesia you have plenty of convenient layover or stopover options. Flights with one or more stops depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada. Your chosen airline will most likely dictate which airport you transit through – among the best stopovers are Bangkok, Fiji and Pacific Islands, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, SeoulSingapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo.
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Take advantage of loyalty programs

Choose an airline that suits you the best, then stick to it. By becoming a 'regular', you will be able to use its loyalty program and earn "miles" (or points) – not only for flying but also for everyday expenses (if your card is affiliated with an airline).

Points earned this way often add up over time and are extremely helpful in flying at reduced fares. Airlines offer not only ticket discounts for their frequent flyers, but also special travel perks such as cabin class upgrades, increased checked baggage allowance, or access to their airport lounges so you can relax during long layovers.

If you often fly with Emirates, opt for Skywards, with Qantas – for Qantas Frequent Flyer, with Singapore Airlines – for KrisFlyer, etc.

Check different departure airports

Consider neighboring cities when choosing the departure airport – especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines.

For example, if you live in West Europe, check prices for flights departing from Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, or Vienna. In 9 out of 10 cases, the cheapest flight will depart from one of these hubs, and it may be €500 less or more than your first choice. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to this hub, but low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for €50 - €100.

Use a similar tactic if you depart from the US or another region. It’s one of the best ways to save hundreds on trips.

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Airlines of Indonesia

Most domestic routes in Indonesia are operated by local airlines. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Maluku, Papua or Yogyakarta, you’ll be flying with one of the Indonesian airlines.

The government-owned Garuda Indonesia is the national flag carrier, operating full-service flights to several destinations, including overseas (it is also the only Indonesian airline that flies to Europe). Garuda’s low-cost subsidiary Citilink operates shuttle services between Indonesian cities. Lion Air focuses on budget travelers, and with its subsidiaries Batik Air and Wings Air, it’s the country’s largest airline group. Founded in 2021, Super Air Jet is a newcomer focusing on air travel between islands in Indonesia and targeting the millennial generation. Sriwijaya Air is a private low-cost airline that serves more than 40 domestic destinations. Truly affordable ticket prices can be found at Indonesia AirAsia, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s AirAsia – repeatedly named Asia’s best low-cost airline.

Flights to Indonesia from Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Indonesia. Currently only Garuda Indonesia and Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) are offering direct flights from Europe to Indonesia. Garuda operates few flights a week from Amsterdam (Schiphol airport AMS) to Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta airport CGK), while KLM connects Amsterdam AMS with Bali (Denpasar airport DPS). These direct flights cover the route in about 14-16 hours at the cost of around $600-$800 if booked early. If you are looking for the shortest journeys, consider airlines that operate flights from Europe to Indonesia with only one stop Singapore Airlines (from Frankfurt via Singapore), Malaysia Airlines (from Amsterdam or Frankfurt via Kuala Lumpur), Thai Airways (from Brussels or Frankfurt via Bangkok) or Cathay Pacific (from Amsterdam via Hong Kong).
  • To break the trip and stretch your legs, consider transit through popular Asian airport hubs, extending your total journey time by 1–3 hours. A 1-day stopover in Bangkok, Dubai, Delhi, Colombo, Ho Chi Minh, and Singapore will be a great option to reduce your jet lag at the final destination and do some extra sightseeing.
  • The best chance for a cheaper flight is when you are flexible about the departure point. Especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom; Frankfurt FRA, Munich MUC and Berlin BER in Germany; Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France; Munich MUC and Berlin BER in Germany; Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands; Madrid MAD in Spain; Stockholm ARN in Sweden; Zurich ZRH in Switzerland; Brussels BRU in Belgium; Oslo OSL in Norway; Warsaw WAW in Poland; and Dublin DUB in Ireland.
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Fly early in the morning

Early morning flights (6 am or earlier) are usually cheaper than other day schedules. It's because of lower demand – most people are not willing to go to the airport so early. Use it to your advantage.

Moreover, airports are also less crowded, and there tend to be fewer delays if you fly early in the morning. Due to increasing air traffic, delays get worse throughout the day - starting around 8-10 am and reaching a peak at 4-6 pm.

Ask your hotel about transfers

A few days before departing call or email ahead and ask your hotel if they offer a free pick-up service from the airport (or if they run transfers at a lower rate). This is a major hotel hack to avoid expensive taxi rides.

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Flights from Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many short-haul flights: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380.
  • When flying within Asia, you’ll often use regional airlines. The budget carriers offer tens of weekly flights to Indonesia with relatively comfortable flight experience and the cheapest fares – check the prices from Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, Jetstar, Oman Air, Scoot, Vistara, and VietJet Air.
  • For more comfort and top-notch customer service, consider flying with recognized full-service airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia AirlinesSingapore Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, and Thai Airways.
  • Mentioned airlines operate direct or 1-stop flights from primary Asian hubs such as Bangkok BKK in Thailand, Singapore SIN, Bali DPS in Indonesia, Hong Kong HKG, Seoul ICN in South Korea, Tokyo HND in Japan, Dubai DXB in UAE, Kuala Lumpur KUL in Malaysia, Hanoi HAN and Ho Chi Minh City SGN in Vietnam, Phnom Penh PNH in Cambodia, Delhi DEL in India, Beijing PEK in China, Taipei TPE in Taiwan, Manila MNL in the Philippines), Doha DOH in Qatar, Istanbul IST in Turkey, and others.

Flight prices can vary considerably. Here are some real-time examples:

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Tight airport connection?

Always check the airport terminals if you have a connecting flight with a different airline or separate point-to-point tickets. Make sure you have enough time to transfer between these terminals so you don’t miss your next flight.

If your airport connection is tight (1-hour layover or less), pick a set near the front of the plane. It can shave 5–10 minutes off your deplaning time, especially on larger planes. Some airlines place their "hot seats" there and charge extra fees, but it still may be worth it.

When flying domestically, try not to book the last flight out of your connecting airport. In case of a cancellation, the airline will put you on its next flight, but it will require an overnight stay and arrival a day later.

Dealing with the jet lag

Jet lag affects people differently depending on age, physical fitness, and genetics. The most accepted rule suggests that you should allow one full day to recover from jet lag for every time zone (hour gained) you traveled east and a number of days equal to half the time zones crossed when you traveled west.

The most effective natural jet lag remedy is to force your body into its new routine. You can begin before getting off the plane: set your watch to the time in your future destination, then do your best to sleep and eat based on the new time zone. Close the window shade when it's time to simulate darkness. During your first day on the ground, get outdoors, stay physically active during the day, and absorb sunlight.

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