Fly To Medan, Indonesia
Home to diverse residents of Javanese, Batak, Chinese, Mandailing and Malay; Medan is the fourth largest city in the island archipelago of Indonesia, and the capital of North Sumatra province. It is situated close to the Sinabung volcano, which erupted in August 2010 after being dormant for 400 years.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Medan do require a Visa to enter Indonesia. Before applying, ensure that your SA passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy is in the capital city Jakarta. Address: Wisma GKBI, Suite 705, 7th floor, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 28, Jakarta 10210 Indonesia. Phone: +62-21 2991 2500. Website: dirco.gov.za/Jakarta.
See and do
Medan’s architecture is a reflection of the city’s varied populations and cultures and make for interesting sightseeing. Many buildings still retain the Dutch character from the period when Indonesia was under Dutch rule. Examples of these include the old City Hall, the Post Office, the Tirtanadi Water Tower, and the Titi Gantung Bridge.
The 30-room Maimoon Palace, built by the Sultan of Deli in 1888, shows Malay, Mogul and Italian influences in its design, and the back wing of the palace is still occupied by the present-day sultan’s family, whose role today is purely ceremonial. The main front room is open to the public.
The black-domed Grand Mosque was commissioned by the then sultan in 1906. It is a Moroccan-style building, with ornate carvings, Italian marble and stained glass from China.
Yet another architectural style is reflected in Tjong A Fie Mansion, the former residence of a Chinese merchant – this building mixes Victorian and Chinese styles.
Along Ji Ahmad Yani a number of interesting arts and crafts shops can be found, offering antique weaving, Dutch pottery and carvings for sale.
Kuala Namu International Airport Medan
The newly opened Kuala Namu International Airport is the main airport serving flights to North Sumatra and Medan.
Located 40km from Medan, Kuala Namu Airport replaced Polonia International Airport and handles direct flights from/to Malaysia, Singapore as well as domestic destinations in Indonesia.
While Medan’s new airport is further from the city centre than the old airport, Kuala Namu International Airport has a direct rail link to the city. Other options for travel between the airport and Medan are the state-operated bus service (expect to pay around Rp. 80 000 one-way) and taxi services which include Bluebird, Ekspress, Karsa and Taxi Nice. If you are using road transfers to Kuala Namu Airport be sure to take traffic into account as it can be hectic.
The airport is a hub for Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Susi Air and Wings Air.