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Indonesia – Wallacea Travel Advice (Universities)

Indonesia

Please read each of the sections below carefully. They provide important information about your Operation Wallacea expedition in Indonesia. Should you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact your nearest Operation Wallacea office.

Travelling to and from the expedition

Before confirming your flights please email flights@opwall.com to ensure your flights are correct.

You can choose from one of two large international airports to fly into and out of Indonesia. Choose from either Jakarta (CGK) or Bali (DPS).

Arrival

The terrestrial & marine expeditions and the terrestrial only expeditions start in Ereke (North Buton) on a Sunday at 1300hrs. You need to book your international flight to arrive into either Jakarta (CGK) on Saturday before 0945hrs or Bali (DPS) on the Friday before 1630hrs.

The marine only expeditions start in Wanci (Wakatobi) on a Sunday at 1300hrs. You will need to book your international flight to arrive into either Jakarta (CGK) anytime Friday, or Bali (DPS) on Friday before 1630hrs.

 

Departure

The terrestrial & marine and marine only expeditions finish in Wanci on a Saturday at 0700hrs. You need to book your homeward international flight to depart from either; Jakarta (CGK) anytime on Sunday (ie after midnight on the Saturday night), or from Bali (DPS) on Sunday after 1200hrs.

The terrestrial only expeditions finish in Ereke on a Saturday at 0700hrs. You need to book your homeward international flight to depart from either; Jakarta (CGK) on Sunday after 1315hrs, or from Bali (DPS) anytime on the Monday after your expedition ends (ie after midnight on the Sunday night).

 

Internal Travel

Outbound Internal Travel

For terrestrial & marine expeditions and the terrestrial only expeditions; the internal travel package will book you through to the provincial capital of Kendari (Saturday afternoon) where you will overnight, prior to travelling (via car and boat transport) to your expedition start point in Ereke (Sunday). For those flying into Jakarta on the Saturday morning, your international flight will connect with the internal flight onwards to Kendari that same day, or alternatively you can opt to arrive in Jakarta on the Friday and spend an extra night in a hotel there before starting the journey to site on the Saturday. For those arriving into Bali on the Friday, you will fly on to Makassar (UPG) on the Friday and overnight there, before commencing the journey to Kendari the following day.

 

For marine only expeditions; the internal travel package will book you through to the town of Baubau (Saturday) where you will stay overnight, prior to travelling (via car and boat transport) to your expedition start point in Wanci (Sunday). If your international flight arrives into Jakarta on the Friday, you will also have an overnight stay in Jakarta on the Friday before flying onwards to Baubau on the Saturday. If your international flight arrives into Bali on the Friday, you will take a connecting flight to Makassar (UPG) where you will stay overnight on the Friday night, before flying onwards to Baubau on the Saturday.

Homeward Bound Internal Travel

For those on the terrestrial & marine expeditions and the marine only expeditions; On the Saturday that your expedition ends your internal travel package will include travel from Hoga to Baubau Airport (by boat and car transport) and onward flights to Jakarta or Bali. The afternoon flight from Baubau goes to Makassar. For those departing from Jakarta you will transit here and fly on to Jakarta arriving on the Saturday evening, ready to connect with an international flight that can depart anytime after midnight. Alternatively you can opt to have an extra night in a hotel in Jakarta before flying out sometime the next day. For those departing from Bali on the Sunday, there will be an overnight in a hotel in Makassar on the Saturday night, before flying onwards to Bali early the following morning.

For those on the terrestrial only expeditions; On the Saturday that your expedition ends you will travel from Ereke to Kendari (by boat and car transport), arriving early evening. You will overnight at a hotel in Kendari on the Saturday night and fly onwards to Jakarta or Bali the next day to connect with your international flight. You can depart from Jakarta anytime after 1315hrs on the Sunday after your expedition ends. You can depart from Bali anytime on the Monday and will need to overnight there on the Sunday night after your expedition ends.

Please note internal travel is an additional cost to the Operation Wallacea expedition fee and your international flights, and there is a lot of travel within Indonesia to get to the remote expedition locations. Once your international flights have been arranged and uploaded to your portal we will be able to help organise your internal travel package based on exactly what you need. To find out more please check out the costs to consider tab on your expedition page on the website.

 

Additional Nights

As part of the internal travel package it is possible to arrange additional nights in Jakarta or Bali before and after your expedition, along with the relevant airport transfers. The cost of these extra nights will be added to your internal travel package quote should you require them.

 

Booking International Flights

Please ensure when booking your international flights that the cost of your ticket includes 20kgs of hold luggage. There is a 20kg hold luggage allowance on the internal travel flights within Indonesia.

 

Research Assistants and Dissertation/Thesis Students

Before booking your international flights, please consider the number of days you will be staying in Indonesia. If you are doing a 4 week expedition (28 days), or doing a 2 week expedition but planning on travelling within Indonesia outside of the expedition, it is worth ensuring that you book flights that keep your time in Indonesia to within 30 days, as this will most likely avoid you having to pay a higher rate on your visa fees (please see Visa section below). 

You are welcome to book your flights with your preferred travel agent, just ensure to check our flight arrival and departure information thoroughly. A great place to start looking for flights is Sky scanner, Expedia or Trip UK. If you are a volunteer from the UK or Ireland when you book an expedition with us you can contact our preferred travel partner ISON Travel, who will provide you with competitive quotes for your international flights.

ISON Travel
Tel: 0203 405 7778
E-mail: opwall@isontravel.com

USA/CAN

If you are a student in the USA or Canada, we recommend trying Student Universe for your flights as they give discounts to students. You are welcome to book your flights elsewhere, however our partnership means that they generally provide the best price, are familiar with our expeditions and give excellent service.

Student Universe US
Tel: +1 800 272 9676 (Toll-free within the US and Canada)

Student Universe CAN
Tel: +1 800 761 0060 (Toll-free within the US and Canada)

Once you have booked your international flights, please enter the details on the Opwall portal.

Passport

Please be aware that your passport must have at least 6 months validity (period before expiry) from the date of your departure from Indonesia. Failure to have at least 6 months validity on your passport will ensure denial of entry into Indonesia.

 

Visas

Most nationalities must purchase a Visa to enter Indonesia for a 30 day period. The cost is IDR 500,000 (Approx.£25 or $32). We would advise applying for this visa in advance online (eVOA) at https://molina.imigrasi.go.id/#e-voa, and detailed instructions on how to apply online will be included with your pre-expedition training materials.

Alternatively you can purchase a VOA on arrival in Indonesia at the airport. If purchasing the visa at the airport please make sure to have enough cash in notes, as exchange rates fluctuate and coins are not accepted. Most major currencies are accepted, but change will be given in Indonesian Rupiah.

Anyone staying more than 30 days in Indonesia must apply for a Tourism single-entry visitor visa which is valid for 60 Days. The cost is IDR1,500,000 (approximately £78 / $98). You can apply online at: https://molina.imigrasi.go.id/

Please email indonesia@opwall.com if you have any questions regarding your Visa.

 

Carbon Offsetting

By joining an Operation Wallacea expedition you are contributing directly towards the study and protection of threatened biodiversity, bringing significant financial benefits to small local communities, and working towards protecting valuable carbon stocks from deforestation. We are extremely proud of the impact we and our volunteers have had over the past two decades, creating a significant benefit to the environment.

However, we want to do more. Specifically, we want to make Operation Wallacea completely carbon neutral. As an organisation we will now be offsetting our own emissions from staff travel (both road and air) and from running our offices. But we also want to encourage all our participants to offset, at the very least, the carbon emissions from their own international flights – and ideally more. To do this we will be supporting the Wallacea Reforestation Initiative in partnership with our sister charity the Wallacea Trust (UK Charity 1078362), and you can read more about this exciting project here that takes a new approach to tropical reforestation that benefits not only climate, but biodiversity and livelihoods too.

How to Calculate Your Donation Amount

The first step in calculating your donation amount is to work out the total estimated amount of carbon your flights will emit into the atmosphere. To do this you need to take the exact flight routes you are booked on to for your summer expedition, and run these through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) carbon calculator. This calculator can be found here.

This gives you the Total passengers’ CO2/journey (KG), which you will then need to convert into tonnes. 1 KG is equal to 0.001 ton, so you then need to divide your figure in KG by 1000. We usually assigned a value of $12 USD (or £10 GBP) per ton of carbon, therefore to work out this donation amount, you would need to multiply your ton value by either 12 or 10 depending on your currency.

For some of your flight legs, you may not be able to find your destination airport on the calculator, in this circumstance, we would recommend using the nearest airport (ie. for Croatia using Zagreb airport).

If you’re happy with an estimate rather than calculating the costs yourself, a £15 donation will cover the carbon produced by the flights in more than 95% of cases.

To donate, please visit the Wallacea Trust page and click ‘donate now’ at the top.

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