What are Indonesia’s Latest Guidelines on International Travel?

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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.

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.
  • Travelers permitted under travel corridor arrangements; or
  • Foreign nationals with special permission to enter Indonesia provided by the relevant ministries or government institutions.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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 vaccination certificate as well as their negative PCR test certificate to officials, as well as undertake a body temperature check.

Foreign travelers

They will then be will be escorted to quarantine hotels, where they are obligated to stay between eight to 14 days, depending on the severity of the COVID-19 situation in the traveler’s country of origin. During quarantine, the traveler will take two more COVID-19 PCR tests. The hotel and PCR tests 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

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 between eight to 14 days, depending on the severity of the COVID-19 situation in the country of origin. They will also undertake two PCR tests.

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 between eight to 14 days.

If the PCR tests are negative, all Indonesian travelers who have not been vaccinated are obligated to be vaccinated. After which 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 list of quarantine hotels can be found here.

Special Note

As of April 24, 2021, 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 on July 6, 2021, as per developments.

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