Papua travel facts

Flights

When flying to West Papua on the island of New Guinea your international flight will arrive at Sentani Airport near to Jayapura City; (Bandar Udara Sentani) (IATA: DJJ, ICAO: WAJJ).

Most flights from the UK will be out of London Heathrow then via another airport (dependent on the airline) then through Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta (Java) before arriving in Jayapura. For example:-

London Heathrow (LHR) - Doha (DOH) - Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) - Sentani (DJJ)
London Heathrow (LHR) -Seoul Incheon Int'l (ICN) - Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) - Sentani (DJJ)
London Heathrow (LHR) -Kuwait (KWI) - Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) - Sentani (DJJ)

Flights can be rather expensive due to the number of connections so do shop around and consider using flight comparison sites such as SkyScanner.com.The most economic way to fly to Jayapura (Sentani) is often to buy two seperate tickets; a return to Jakarta and a return from Jakarta to Jayapura. There are a few operators flying this final leg and their ticket prices can vary a lot. Please do note however that if you have two seperate tickets and you miss a connection, the airlines have no obligation to re-schedule your second leg. Therefore it is wise to leave a large amount of time for connection between flights.

With many flights you can also have a number of days stop-over at intermediate locations without increasing the flight ticket cost. You may consider that it may be the perfect opportunity to spend a few nights in Jakarta for example.

We operate a key account with STA Travel for all flights and you can call our contact Chris Sidebottom on 0871 230 8579 or +44 161 830 8759, mentioning Adventure Alternative, or email him on chris.sidebottom@statravel.co.uk . STA is fully ATOL bonded.

Visa

British nationals need a visa to enter Indonesia. You can get a 30-day visa on arrival at a cost of US $ 25. You will also need a permit to travel to Papua and West Papua. The UK FCO advise that entry requirements can change at any time, so you should get the latest information from the Indonesian Embassy in London before you travel and talk to us about helping you with the relevant permissions. It is recommended that you carry your passport with you at all times when travelling around Papua.

Baggage
Do check the baggage allowance for you particular airline and flight. Also, be sure to mark your bags clearly with your own name and address and the contacts for Adventure Alternative (which will be advised prior to departure).

Vaccinations and Travel Health
You will need to visit your GP well in advance of your trip to discuss vaccinations; we recommend asking about; Primary courses and boosters: diphtheria; tetanus; hepatitis A; typhoid. Also consider:  hepatitis B; Japanese encephalitis; cholera.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission.

You are also advised to enquire about anti-malarial medication. Anyone known to have allergic reactions to insect bites should carry their own EpiPen.

We have a contract with Interhealth in London which can provide expert travel advice and guidance on travel in any country. Benefits include:

  • Free travel consultations and health advice with a medical team to discuss pre-travel requirements such as malaria prevention and vaccination requirements. Tel: 020 7902 9033- 2-3pm Mon-Fri or doctors@interhealth.org.uk
  • Access to our own Online Travel Health Advice Centre
  • Urgent medical advice – for serious health issues, available 24 hours a day. emergency phone line: 079 7325 0026

Insurance
You will need a policy that covers trekking in the rainforest and to moderate altitude. There are plenty of companies to choose from, such as DogTag, Campbell Irvine, Snowcard, the British Mountaineering Council or STA Travel.

We encourage people to buy insurance as soon as you have booked your flight and trip, in case there is a need for cancellation. Do also take your papers with you and make sure your team mates and group leader know where it is, in case somebody else needs to make a phone call for you.

Please see our specific Insurance information page for more guidance.

Research
You will inevitably get more from your trip if you are somewhat 'primed' beforehand. Do look through the information on our website and get to know a little about Indonesia, New Guinea, the rainforests etc. If you come across interesting information that you think other travellers would be interested in then please do contact us so that we can share it. Equally, if there are any issues to which you cannot find an answer please do contact us for further advice.