What are Indonesia’s Latest Guidelines on International Travel?

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  • Only foreigners with work, business, or residency permits can enter Indonesia, although they will be placed in quarantine for five days, and take a COVID-19 test upon arrival, at their own cost.
  • Indonesian citizens can return but also have to undergo quarantine for five days and take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. However, these services will be free of charge for Indonesian citizens.

Foreigners who hold work permits, business visas, permanent residence, diplomatic visas, as well as those traveling under special corridor arrangements with Indonesia will be able to enter the country. Visitors should contact their nearest Indonesian embassy for more information.

Indonesia’s COVID-19 Task Force has continued to temporarily ban the entry of all foreign visitors except for those who hold work permits, business visas, permanent residence, diplomatic visas, as well as those traveling under special corridor arrangements. 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.

Indonesia has struggled to contain the outbreak of the virus since its first case in March 2020, recording over one million cases and 44,000 deaths as of April 2021 — the highest among ASEAN countries. The country’s Research and Technology Minister has acknowledged that Indonesia lacks the advanced genomic and molecular monitoring capacity and has relied on assistance from international laboratories to detect new virus variants.

Who is allowed to enter Indonesia?

All foreign travelers are prohibited to enter Indonesia unless they fall under one of the following categories:

  • Holders of diplomatic visas or official visas for official ministerial visits or higher;
  • Holders of an Indonesian residency permit (KITAS, KITAP), business visas; or
  • Aircrew.

Indonesian citizens are exempt from this prohibition.

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:

  • 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.
  • They must also fill the electronic Health Alert Card (e-HAC), which can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store or the App Store.

What happens upon arrival in Indonesia?

Upon arrival, a foreign traveler will need to show their negative PCR test certificate to officials, as well as undertake a body temperature check.

They will then be will be escorted to quarantine hotels, where they are obligated to stay for five days and take two more COVID-19 PCR tests. Again, this will be at the expense of the foreign traveler.

If the results are negative, they can continue on their journey. 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, free of charge. However, Indonesian travelers classified outside of the three categories are obligated to enter a quarantine hotel at their own expense. 

The list of hotels can be found here.

Special Note

As of April 24, the Indonesian government has stopped issuing visas for travelers originating from India. This includes non-Indian citizens who have traveled to India within the last 14 days.

Indonesian citizens currently in India are still able to come home, but have to adhere to strict health protocols.

This article was originally published on January 4, 2021, and has been updated per developments.

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