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Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Kingsford & Soekarno-Hatta Airport

9:06 PM Posted by viperfx07 No comments
My first experience traveling alone after long time waiting. The key is a notebook to write a checklist so you won't forget any important things you need to bring. This post is a reminder for my next trip. In this trip, I got a tax refund for my new Macbook :D. More about TRS, click here


I travelled with Garuda (Airbus A330-200) on Jan 2010.


This was my checklist on my waist bag:
1. passport
2. ticket
3. invoice (if you want to claim TRS)
4. the notepad
5. pen
6. Indo arrival card (if you forget to bring it, I think you can ask the flight attendant when you're in the plane. Garuda flight attendants offer you the card. The departure and arrival card are side by side.)
7. copy of visa (electronic visa has a drawback here)

Check-in baggage:
1. laptop and mobile phone charger
2. toiletries (towel, hair gel, razor, tooth brush, tooth paste)
3. power adapter converter (Australian and Indo have different types of adapter, but they have same voltage range)
4. sandal, shoes
5. clothes (and undies, of course)


Departure from Kingsford Sydney International Airport

1. Find your flight check-in counter on a board that shows gate numbers. The counter is usually opened 3 hours before departure.
2. Get your passport, visa, and ticket ready to get your boarding pass on the check-in counter. Don't forget to take the outgoing passenger card (on the check-in counter desk). If you forget, ask the guide near the custom entrance.
3. The custom entrance is near the DutyFree shop. Get your passport, filled outgoing passenger card and boarding pass ready when you go to custom.
4. (optional) To claim your TRS, go to the TRS counter (the place is near the toilet, very weird). Get your passport, boarding pass, the items, and the invoice of your items. You can collect your refund through one of the following methods:
* cheque
* credit to an Australian bank account
* payment to a credit card or debit card
5. Find your waiting gate on a board.

Arrival at Soekarno-Hatta
1. In the plane, fill your arrival card and declaration card. Most of the time, just tick "No" to all the boxes, cause the custom is not too strict as Australian custom
2. From plane, go to custom with your passport and arrival card in hand.
3. Take your baggage.

Departure from Soekarno-Hatta)
1. Find your flight check-in counter on a board that shows gate numbers. The counter is usually opened 2 hours before departure.
2. Get your passport, visa, and ticket ready to get your boarding pass on the check-in counter. And also Rp. 150,000 for airport tax. The check-in staff will give you departure card.
3. The fiscal counter is on the left side (when facing the check in counter). Get your passport ready (and "Kartu Keluarga" and "NPWP" to get your fiscal fee waived (Indo only)). (I'm a student and I've already got my passport attached with the address in Australia, so it's free)
4. Go to fiscal check counter (on the left side as well). Get your passport and fiscal payment proof (if you pay).
5. Go to custom (after fiscal check counter). Get your passport, filled departure card & arrival card (if separated) to be stamped by the custom staff. (got a story here. my friend got his passport "denied" = "dicekal", because he has only his first name and it's a common name, so the custom said that it was probably because the computer detects a couple names that are same with his.)
6. Find your gate on a display board, and waiting for the plane.

Arrival at Kingsford
1. In the plane, fill your incoming passenger card. The most important items that are usually checked are medicine and food. Tick those boxes with Yes (if you bring it). The least important item is "Goods obtained overseas and...). Explanation next.
2. From plane, go to custom with your passport and incoming passenger card in hand.
3. The most tricky part. "Declaration".
story: I brought my TRS-claimed-Macbook back and I checked "No" on the card. The laptop was on my backpack and the food & medicine were in my check-in baggage. On the first layer of custom, I was asked about the use of my medicine and what food I brought. Here, I didn't have to open my baggage. On the 2nd layer, I needed to show the food. They are only some bags of tomato ketchup. That's all. No question about what was on my backpack, although they scanned my backpack as well).
4. That's all folks.