International Tsunami Symposium | Bali-Flores 21-25 August 2017
Entry & Exit Requirements
All travelers to Indonesia must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months after arrival, as well as an outbound ticket. Countries not listed for ‘visa on arrival’ or ‘visa free’ facilities should check with the local Indonesian consulate / embassy for up to date visa information as there are different rules for different nationalities.
The current list of ‘visa free’ countries not requiring a Visa on Arrival is as follows:
Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Chile, Morocco, Peru, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Macau.
Citizen of these countries can enter and exit Indonesia through any international airport or seaport.
Citizen of the following 75 countries are as well eligible for ‘visa-free’ travel to Indonesia, but must enter through designated airports and seaports only:
Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City, Venezuela.
The five international airports through which this facility is available are: Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta), Ngurah Rai (Bali), Kuala Namu (Medan), Juanda (Surabaya) and Hang Nadim (Batam).
The seaports are Bandar Bentan & Bandar Seri Udana Harbours in Tanjung Uban (Bintan), Sri Bintan Pura Harbour in Tanjung Pinang (Bintan), Tanjung Balai Harbour (Karimun) as well as all 5 harbours on Batam Island.
Visitors entering Indonesia with a free visa via one of these 5 international airports must exit Indonesia via one of the following airports:
Adi Sucipto (Yogyakarta), Adi Soemarmo (Surakarta), Ahmad Yani (Semarang), Bandara Internasional (Lombok), Belitung (Tanjung Pandan), Binaka (Sibolga), El Tari (Kupang), Frans Kaisiepo (Biak), Halim Perdana Kusuma (Jakarta), Hang Nadim (Batam), Husein Sastranegara (Bandung), Ngurah Rai (Bali), Juanda (Surabaya), Kualanamu (Medan), Maimun Saleh (Sabang), Minangkabau (Padang), Mopah (Merauke), Mozes Kilangin (Tembaga Pura), Pattimura (Ambon), Polonia (Medan), Sam Ratulangi (Manado), Sepinggan (Balikpapan), Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta), Sultan Hasanuddin (Makassar), Sultan Iskandar Muda (Banda Aceh).
Visitors arriving through entry ports not in the above list, such as Lombok's Bandar Udara Internasional airport or Yogyakarta's Adisucipto International Airport, must purchase a valid visa on arrival and pay the visa fee of USD 35.
The ‘visa free’ facility is available to citizens from those countries entering for touristic purposes and while the Visa-On-Arrival fee has been waived, standard immigration entry and clearing procedures remain in place.
Visitors from countries on the ‘Visa on Arrival’ list, will still have to pay the USD 35 Visa-on-Arrival fee.
Customs & Entry Formalities
The allowance into Indonesia is 1 liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100g of tobacco.
International and Domestic departure taxes are now included with the cost of tickets with many airlines. However, this is subject to your departure port and the airline you are flying, so we strongly suggest checking whether your ticket already includes this.
If the departure tax must be paid when departing. the amounts are as follows:
International Departure Airport Tax: Starting from Rp. 200,000/person (USD 20-22) subject to change!
Domestic Departure Airport Tax: Starting from Rp. 45,000/person (USD 5) until Rp. 75,000/person (USD 8) subject to change! (Excluding Garuda flights, where the airfare will include the airport tax).
Almost 95% of Bali’s population practices Balinese Hindu, with Christians, Buddhist and Muslim making up the remaining 5%. Bali Hinduism has strong animist beliefs and spirits dominate everything they do – their daily lives are taken up with offering fruits and flowers. Every village has several temples and numerous colorful temple festivals take place during the year.
The unit of Indonesian currency is Rupiah (Rp. Or IDR) which comes in banknotes of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 as well coins of 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000. The best rate of exchange is normally at the bank, although moneychangers are very competitive.
Money changing services are available at most banks, hotels and shopping complexes. There are also ample ATM facilities on the island. Banks are open from 8am to noon or 2pm, Monday to Friday. Moneychangers keep longer hours.
Most hotels and restaurants add 10% service charge, but tipping is always accepted. Other tipping is optional, but if you are happy with services provided the following guidelines may be useful: porter – 2,000 – 5,000 Rp. Per piece of luggage, drivers – 30,000 Rp. per vehicle for full day, guides – 50,000 – 75,000 Rp. Per vehicle for a full day.
Tap water is not recommended for drinking. Most hotels provide bottled mineral water free of charge (2 bottles per day)
Indonesia's voltage is 220V, 50 Hertz
Official language is Bahasa Indonesia, which is similar to Malay, but the Balinese also have their own language which is close to Sanskrit. English is widely understood in tourist areas.
Weather & Climate
Tropical, hot and humid. All year with average daily temperature is 27 C (80 F) in the beach resorts and 23 C (74 F) up in the hills. The rainy season starts from October to March and the lowest humidity reaches 60% from July to September.
Flores is located east of Sumbawa and west of the Solor Archipelago (which includes Adonara, Lembata and Solor) and the Alor Archipelago. To the southeast is Timor. To the south, across the Sumba strait, is Sumba and to the north, beyond the Flores Sea, is Sulawesi. The largest town is Maumere.
Flores is almost all Catholic and represents one of the "religious borders" created by the Catholic expansion in the Pacific and the spread of Islam from the west across Indonesia. In other places in Indonesia, such as in Maluku and Sulawesi, the divide is more rigid and has been the source of bloody sectarian clashes.
There are many languages spoken on the island of Flores, all of them belonging to the Austronesian family. In the centre of the island in the districts of Ngada and Ende there is what is variously called the Central Flores Dialect Chain or the Central Flores Linkage. Within this area there are slight linguistic differences in almost every village. At least six separate languages are identifiable. These are from west to east: Ngadha, Nage, Keo, Ende, Lio and Palu'e, which is spoken on the island with the same name of the north coast of Flores. Locals would probably also add So'a and Bajawa to this list, which anthropologists have labeled dialects of Ngadha.
Portuguese traders and missionaries came to Flores in the 16th century, mainly to Larantuka and Sikka. Their influence is still discernible in Sikka's language and culture.
There are several airports in Flores, and the main one is at Maumere, (Fransiskus Xaverius Seda Airport), IATA: MOF. There are also daily flights between Labuanbajo, IATA: LBJ and Bali (IATA: DPS), Lombok International Airport, (Bandara Internasional Lombok), (IATA: LOP) and Kupang/Timor's El Tari Airport (IATA: KOE).
Pelni ships call at Labuanbajo, Maumere, Larantuka and Ende and link the island with other parts of Indonesia. Numerous other ships also serve Flores, including the ASDP ferry from Labuanbajo to Sape (Sumbawa) and the wooden ferries from Larantuka to the islands of Adonara and Lembata in the Solor archipelago. Check the Indonesian Pelni website but check with offices to be sure (the arrival and departure times are flexible).
A number of companies organise 4 day sailing trips between Lombok or Bali and Flores which take in Komodo and Rinca. These cost around Rp 1,3 to 1,8 million. Passengers should be aware that these trips can cross open waters and are on boats with no navigation or safety equipment other than some lifejackets (i.e. no radio, flares or life rafts).
There is a slow (daily) or fast (three times a week) boat to Labuan Bajo from Sape on Sumbawa. The fast boat also goes to Sumba twice a week. Call Kapal Cepat Express Bahari 0823 592 87 257 in Sape, 0822 373 68 767 in LB or 0812 3743 6447 in Waikelo (Sumba).
Overland travel is a possibility as well, although it is a long haul from most places. From Mataram (Lombok), a combined ticket including all buses and ferries costs Rp 225,000. The journey takes over 24 hours and has a buffet meal included in the price on Sumbawa. To Bima (Sumbawa), the bus is 'executive class', while the 2 hours from Bima to Sape are done in a crammed minibus. When bought separately and traveling by local transport, the journey will probably be cheaper, but it requires several interchanges and you should consider whether it's worth the extra time and hassle.
Further information: http://wikitravel.org/en/Flores_(Indonesia)