What are Indonesia’s Latest Guidelines on International Travel?
As of October 14, 2021, international visitors from 19 countries can now visit Bali or Riau in Indonesia, although other entry points into the country are still limited to those who hold the following visa types:
- Work permits;
- Business visas;
- Permanent residence holders;
- Visit visas;
- Diplomatic visas;
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card (KPP APEC); and
- Traditional Border Crossing Pass.
Visa on arrival services is still suspended until further notice.
All visa applications must now be done online through the Indonesian immigration portal.
Indonesian citizens will be allowed to return as normal, however, both international and local travelers will have to undergo more stringent healthcare checks upon entry into the country.
What are the pre-departure requirements to enter Indonesia?
There will be stricter health protocols for both Indonesian and foreign travelers entering the country. They will need to comply with the following requirements before traveling:
- Foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated before entering Indonesia and must show their vaccination certificate to immigration officials upon arrival;
- Indonesia citizens are still permitted to enter the country without being fully vaccinated but will be vaccinated upon completion of their quarantine — this is compulsory;
- In addition to a valid work or resident visa, the foreign traveler must present a PCR test result stating that they are free of COVID-19, taken within 72 hours from the time of departure;
- Foreigner travelers must have health insurance (coverage of at least US$100,000) and can cover the needs for COVID-19 treatment; and
- They must also fill the electronic Health Alert Card (e-HAC) through the PeduliLindungi application, which can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store or the App Store.
Can foreign travelers enter Indonesia without vaccines?
International travelers that do enter Indonesia without presenting evidence of vaccination will be vaccinated during their quarantine, provided that their COVID-19 test results are negative. This also applies to the following groups:
- Diplomatic visa holders or official visa holders who are with an official ministerial-to-presidential level delegation to Indonesia;
- Children aged 12-17; and
- Holders of an Indonesian residency permit (KITAS, KITAP).
Foreigners already in Indonesia and wish to travel domestically are required to be vaccinated (first dose) through the Indonesian government-initiated vaccination program.
What happens upon arrival in Indonesia?
Upon arrival, travelers will be sorted into their categories as well as data collection by airport officials.
All passengers will head towards the health document verification area, which includes being checked for their vaccination certificates, e-HAC forms, COVID-19 PCR tests from their country of origin. At this point, officials will classify the quarantine locations for travelers.
All passengers will then take a PCR test at the airport, undertaken by health officials.
Passengers will then go through to immigration and customs.
After immigration, passengers will wait at a holding area under the supervision of personnel from the airforce before proceeding to quarantine. They will also be given the results of their COVID test.
Passengers will be escorted to their quarantine locations by bus.
Quarantine for foreign travelers
Foreign travelers are obligated to quarantine for 5 x 24 hrs. During quarantine, the traveler will take another COVID-19 PCR test on the fourth day, and if negative, will be free to continue their journey the next day. The hotel and PCR tests will be at the expense of the foreign traveler.
If the result is positive, the traveler will be referred to a COVID-19 hospital – where costs will be borne by the foreign traveler.
Indonesian travelers who are students, migrant workers, or civil servants on international duty will be eligible to stay at government-appointed quarantine facilities, where they will stay for 5 x 24 hrs. They will also undertake a PCR test on the fourth day.
The quarantine facilities and PCR tests are free of charge.
However, Indonesian travelers classified outside of the three categories are obligated to pay for the quarantine hotel and PCR tests at their own expense. They must also stay for 5 x 24 hrs.
If the PCR tests are negative, they are allowed to continue their journey. If the Indonesian traveler is found to be positive, they will be sent to a COVID-19 referral hospital, free of charge.
The quarantine hotels for Indonesian and international travelers can be found here.
Traveling to Bali and Riau
The government, as of October 14, 2021, has allowed international visitors to directly fly to Bali and Riau. Foreign tourists will still have to follow the above criteria such as being fully vaccinated and undergoing 5 x 24 hrs of quarantine.
Travelers from the following 19 countries can enter Bali and Riau:
- Saudi Arabia;
- United Arab Emirates;
- New Zealand;
- South Korea;
- Hungary; and
This article was originally published on January 4, 2021, and has been updated on October 15, 2021, as per the latest developments.
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