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Sunday, June 3, 2012


Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport 

(Indonesia:Bandara Internasional Sultan Iskandar Muda

(IATA: BTJ, ICAO: WITT) It is the airport located 13,5 kilometers southeast of the capital of Aceh province, Banda Aceh. Named after the twelfth sultan of Aceh, Iskandar Muda.
After hit by the devastating Earthquake on December 26, 2004, the airport had been renovated and had 3000-meter runway for wide-body jet liners. On October 9, 2011 the first Boeing 747-400 had taken off and landed successfully, it proved that the airport could become an aerodrome transition for international airlines companies.

Sultan Iskandar Muda (SIM) airport in Aceh Province is expected to be an international aerodrome transition. SIM airport management company PT Angkasa Pura-II is ready to complete various supporting facilities to make it an international transit airport.

Airlines fly daily between Banda Aceh and either Medan, an 1 hour trip, or Jakarta, a 2 hours and 40 minutes trip.
AirAsia, Kuala Lumpur. Daily flights
Batavia Air, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Medan
Firefly, Penang, Malaysia’s community airline now flies from Penang to Banda Aceh on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Garuda Indonesia, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Medan, a daily flight from Jakarta and two daily flights from Medan. The Jakarta-Banda Aceh direct flight on Garuda takes 2 hours and 40 minutes with a Boeing 737, although it is often changed to stopover in Medan without warning. 
Seasonally, flights to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj season
Lion Air, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Medan. They have two daily flights from Jakarta and one from Medan.
SMAC, Blang Pidie, Meulaboh, Simelue, Takengon, Tapaktuan. Flies daily from Medan to Nias Island and Simeulue Island.
Sriwijaya Air, Medan
Susi Air, Meulaboh


Visa formalities at this airport are similar to those of other Indonesian immigration gateways.
Visa On Arrival (VOA) service is available at Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport.

All travelers to Indonesia must be in possession of passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival, and have proof (tickets) of onward or return passage.

Visa on Arrival

The Indonesian Government extends Visa on Arrival (VOA) to nationals of 63 countries which can be obtained at designated entry airports and sea ports. Visa-on-Arrival are valid for 30days and are extendable with another 30 days to be applied at immigration offices in Indonesia.

Free Tourist Asia

Free Tourist short stay visas for 30 days are extended to tourists from 12 countries, namely from Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, Macao, Chile, Equador, Morocco, and Peru.

Visa Application at Indonesia Embassies and Consulates

Visitors from other countries must apply for visa at Indonesia Embassies or Consulates in their home country. In addition, the visa cannot be replaced with any other immigration letters. The visa shall then be administered by Visa Officer in the presence of the applicant concerned. You may find information on Indonesia embassies and consulates contact details at the Ministry of Foreign Affair website on the following link: Free entry visa is also provided to delegates registered in a conference that is officially convened. In addition, tourist visa can be obtained from every Indonesian Embassy or Consulate. You can visit Indonesia through certain means and gates, by air via Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Surabaya and Batam; by sea via Semarang, Jakarta, Bali, Pontianak, Balikpapan, Tanjung Pinang and Kupang. Maximum stay in Indonesia is two months. 

Airport Tax

An airport tax of Rp. 150,000 is levied by airports on departing passengers on international flights and Rp. 25,000 for those on domestic routes.


Most hotels add a 10% service charge to the bill on top of the 10% tax. In restaurants where service charge is not added, a tip of 5 to 10% on the bill will be appropriate depending on the service and type of establishment.


Maximum items allowed by customs when you visit Indonesia:
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco
  • Reasonable amount of perfume per adult, meaning if you arrive drenched in perfume the customs probably will not mind you carrying loads of bottles.
  • Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders, binoculars and sport equipments are admitted provided they are taken out on departure. They must be declared to customs.

You are prohibited to carry:
  • Firearms
  • Narcotics drugs
  • Pornography materials
  • Chinese printing and medicines
  • Transceivers and cordless telephone
  • Films, pre-recorded video tapes, laser discs, VCDs, DVDs must be screened by Censor Board.
  • Import or export of foreign currencies and travelers' checks are allowed. However, the import and export of Indonesia currency, exceeding 100 million Rupiah is prohibited.
Further information on customs and taxes in Indonesia, log into

Port of Krueng Raya 



Port of Krueng Raya also known as Malahayati Port, located 20 km from Banda Aceh. It is a port where Krueng Raya people led by a woman Aceh hero into a combat. In 1599, Admiral Malahayati commanded 2,000 inong balee (widows of war heroes) in a battle against the Portuguese. This fighting spirit still lives on to this day.

Krueng Raya has been a busy port traffic from the centuries and marked as a essential fishing port. People from various important places in the world such as other part of Indonesia and India anchored here. The people take pride in the history and feel responsible for maintaining the port.

Krueng Raya is known for the source of teri nasi (tiny sea fish). The bay, where the delicious tiny fish live. After they are caught, the tiny fish will be boiled and sun-dried and then loaded onto trucks to be delivered to Banda Aceh, Medan and even Jakarta.

Port of Ulee Lheue

Ulee Lheue harbor, the port is used for crossing to and from the Weh Island (Sabang). There are some boats for going to Pulo Aceh that also dock here.

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