Please hold purchasing your airline ticket until six (6) weeks prior to departure date. Natural disasters, political changes, weather conditions and a range of other factors may require the cancellation of a field school. The IFR typically takes a close look at local conditions 6-7 weeks prior to program beginning and makes Go/No Go decisions by then. Such a time frame still allows the purchase of deeply discounted airline tickets while protecting students from potential loss of airline ticket costs if we decide to cancel a program.
Students can book their international flights through a travel agency, the airline’s website or via an online flight search engine. Students will need to fly into Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta. Students will also need to purchase a domestic return flight from Jakarta to Tjilik Riwut Airport in Palangka Raya. Tjilik Riwut is not an international airport. While these tickets can be purchased at the airport in Jakarta, we strongly recommend that students fly Garuda to Palangka Raya as tickets can be purchased in advance using the airline’s website which is secure and can process credit card payments.
At immigration in Jakarta, agents will require students to show a return ticket out of Indonesia, so it is necessary to purchase a ticket to leave the country before starting their journey. For international flights, United, American or Asian airlines such as ANA, Japan Airlines are usually the cheapest options flying from the US to Indonesia. These can be booked using a travel agency, the airline’s website or cut-price websites such as expedia.com, skyscanner.com or priceline.com.
Students need to book their domestic flight to arrive into Palangka Raya on the start date of the course and BNF recommends booking a domestic Garuda flight. At the time of writing, Garuda offer two flights per day from Jakarta to Palangka Raya, at 05:35am and 2:55pm. Students also need to book their flight leaving from Palangka Raya on the final day of the course. Flights to Jakarta on Garuda are currently scheduled for 8:20am and 5:30pm.
Please be advised, if students choose to book other flights, BNF will not be responsible for transport to and from the airport, and students will be required to arrange their own transportation to and from the hotel in Palangka Raya.
Upon arrival, students will be greeted by Borneo Nature Foundation staff at the arrivals exit of Tjilik Riwut Airport. Please be advised, if students choose to book other flights, we will not be responsible from transport to and from the airport and hotel, and students will be required to arrange their own transportation to the hotel in Palangka Raya. We recommend ensuring at least four hours between your domestic arrival/departure time and international arrival/departure time for transferring at Jakarta International Airport. If students miss their connection or flight is delayed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students. We request that all students send a copy of their itinerary to email@example.com at least two weeks prior to their arrival to arrange meeting at the airport.
Please see syllabus for detailed instructions on how to obtain a Social Cultural Visa to travel to Indonesia.