Journey & Immigration to East-Indonesia / East of Wallace, the North-Moluccas & Sulawesi

Arrival by boat in the Spice Islands, Moluccas

How to get to East Indonesia?

Getting to one of Indonesia’s last undiscovered paradises, “East of Wallace”, starts with a long-haul international flight. There are no non-stop flights, which means you can’t get there without changing planes. Those departing from Germany to one of our tours to East Indonesia, usually begin their journey to the world of the Spice Islands in Frankfurt, with departures also possible from Düsseldorf, Munich and Berlin. From many German airports, feeder flights to Frankfurt & Co are offered, but it is also possible to go by train, e.g. with a Rail and Fly ticket, which may be a great alternative for environmental reasons.

Those who want to start their journey to eastern Indonesia from other European countries will find an equally large variety of flight connections.

Which airlines fly to Sulawesi and the Moluccas?

Many renowned airlines fly to Indonesia and the North Moluccas. Singapore Airlines offers particularly good connections, flying from Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf to Singapore. The flight takes about 12 hours. The airline is extremely popular, very safe and there are cheap flight offers. If you book early, you can usually save money.

Our tip for all those flying with Singapore Airlines is to interrupt the journey with a stopover in Singapore. The airlines offers a brilliant stopover programme for little money. Singapore is the proverbial contrast to East of Wallace but definitely worth a visit. We have lived in Singapore and can provide you with insider tips.

Flying via the Arab Emirates can also be an interesting way to get there. Emirates, Qatar and Etihad fly to both Singapore and Jakarta. Both Singapore and Jakarta are ideal destinations to reach the island world of eastern Indonesia and start your trekking adventure. The Emirates also offer a stopover before the onward flight on the outward or return flight.

The cheapest stopover offers can be booked directly with the airlines. They are definitely worthwhile, as they include overnight accommodation, admission to countless attractions and often also the transfer to the hotel.

From Singapore, Jakarta, Manado and Makassar, the journey often continues with domestic Indonesian airlines. Garuda Indonesia is particularly recommended. Indonesia fans appreciate and love them.

However, many remote islands can only be reached with small, unknown airlines.

The pure flight time to the islands of eastern Indonesia is around 17 hours. A full day must be planned for both the outward and return journeys.

We recommend booking the long-haul flights yourself. However, the flight times should be coordinated with us before booking so that we can start the trekking adventure in a suitable way. We can book the domestic flights for you.

Entry regulations Indonesia / East of Wallace

Indonesia’s entry and import regulations may change at any time. Legally binding information and / or information about the entry and customs regulations on importation of goods that goes beyond these notes can only be obtained directly from the Representative Offices of the Republic of Indonesia. The information below refers to travellers with a German passport and is intended to serve as a guideline.

Travel Documents

Entering the country is possible with the following documents, which must be valid for at least six months at the time of entry:

  • Passport
  • Provisional passport (only with visa issued prior to entry)
  • Child passport

Entry without Visa

For stays of up to 30 days for tourist purposes, for visiting, for attending a seminar or for airport transit, some countries’ citizens (e.g. German citizens) can enter Indonesia without a visa if a return or onward ticket is available. Extension of the visa-free stay beyond 30 days is not permitted. For long-term stays, a residence permit should be requested in good time from the local immigration office in Indonesia.

In dependance of your citizenship, visa-free entry and exit may be possible via the international airports Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta), Ngurah Rai (Denpasar / Bali) or Sam Ratulangi (Manado / Sulawesi) and many other border crossing points, but not across all border crossing points. Information is provided by the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Indonesia.

Airport tax

The airport tax of up to 200,000 IDR per passenger is usually included in the air ticket price. In case of doubt, it is recommended to ask the airline to confirm this is the case.

Compulsory Registration

In principle, there is a registration requirement for stays from 24 hours after entry. In regards to hotel stays, there is nothing that needs to be arranged. Travelers staying in private accommodation should contact their host in order to register with the council leader (RT = Rukun Tetangga).

Import Regulations

Imports of cash and cash equivalents exceeding IDR 100 million (currently approximately EUR 6,300) must be reported to Indonesian customs upon entry. Failure to report or incorrect reports will result in fines up to IDR 300 million. The export of cash and cash equivalents exceeding the equivalent of IDR 100 million requires the approval of the Central Bank, Bank Indonesia.

When importing medications containing narcotic drugs and psychotropic drugs, it is essential to ensure that these are unambiguously for personal use only by means of a corresponding prescription with translation and also in the amount corresponding to the prescription and are therefore not prohibited as narcotics in Indonesia. If in doubt, the Embassy of Indonesia in your country should be consulted.

For up-to-date information on immigration and customs, however, the website of your country’s Foreign Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Customs Office or the country representatives of the Republic of Indonesia are explicitly referenced.