COVID-19: Indonesia Travel Updates

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Updated 10th April 2022.


LATEST INDONESIA COVID-19 NEWS:

  • 6th April 2022 – Effective 6th April 2022, travellers from 43 countries are now eligble for VOA. ASEAN will be visa-free. Source.
  • 4th April 2022 – Indonesia is scrapping on arrival testing for fully vaxxed international travellers. Source.
  • 21st March 2022 – After a successful trial of quarantine-free entry in Bali, the Indonesian government has said it will end its quarantine requirement for international travellers with immediate effect. VOA has been extended to travellers from 43 countries arriving in Bali. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.


Indonesia Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Indonesia right now?

Vaccinated Travellers:

From 6th July 2021 only vaccinated travellers will be allowed to enter Indonesia. Source.

Vaccinated travellers can now enter Bali with no quarantine. At present, this only applies to travellers from a list of countries, including the US, UK and Australia. You must have a negative PCR test result, and provide proof of a paid-for hotel booking for at least four days.

Please see here for Indonesia’s list of recognised vaccines. 

Unvaccinated Travellers:

Unvaccinated international travellers are not allowed to enter Indonesia unless they are granted an exemption.


Entry Requirements

Before you enter Indonesia, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  1. A valid visa. Apply here: https://visa-online.imigrasi.go.id
  2. Proof of vaccination status.
  3. Carry a health certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure to Indonesia.
  4. Complete the Indonesian eHAC registration (Indonesia Health Alert Card) and supply the QR code on inspection at the airport in Indonesia.
  5. Provide proof of $1500USD or equivalent of funds (last 3 months bank statement). (Visit Visa)
  6. Letter stating your willingness to comply with Indonesian health and safety measures. (Visit Visa)

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  • Must hold relevent travel/health insurance (minimum $25,000) to cover COVID-19 or have letter stating willingness to pay for treatment if necessary.
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Upon Arrival

Quarantine Period

International arrivals no longer need to quarantine on arrival in Indonesia.


Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit the Indonesia COVID-19 Task Force website.

  • FACE COVERINGS – It is compulsory to wear a face mask in public places across the country, whether indoors or outdoors. Fines will be imposed on anyone who breaks this law. Foreigners who break this rule or any other health protocols will be immediately deported. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – Compulsory across the country.
  • CURFEWS – Curfews could be introduced at short notice.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Long-distance travellers to and from Java and Bali are required to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR or rapid antigen) test result.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – Public services and activities are currently restricted to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Shops, bars and restaurants in many places across the country are currently operating at 50% of their normal capacity. There are restrictions on public gatherings. Hotels and guesthouses remain open for business, although many have been forced to close due to lack of custom.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – you will now need to show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of flying if you plan to visit the islands of Java or Bali. (The approximate cost of a PCR test in Indonesia is 1,000,000 IDR and they can be carried out at specialised clinics across the country.) In addition to a PCR test, you will also need to prove that you are fully vaccinated in order to travel domestically to either Java or Bali. You must do this by showing a vaccine card or certificate. This applies not only to flights but to anyone travelling to Bali by boat, train or bus. This requirement is not the case for those travelling by private vehicle, though it is encouraged.

Land Borders

Entry into the neighbouring country of Malaysia (via Borneo island) is currently prohibited.


On the ground traveller reports:

“[I’m in] Bali, Indonesia. 7 days quarantine to get in, people mostly wear masks when on scooters, lots open and doesn’t feel very restricted at all really…” – Mark, 9th January 2022.

Resources: 

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19 thoughts on “COVID-19: Indonesia Travel Updates”

  1. Hi my helper was not allowed to board up Jetstar plane even she have proof negative ART DEPARTURE Test. reason produce this is because she was contracted COVID19 in early february and PCR test prove POSITIVE though she has fully recovered.
    Was told this is requirement from BNPB Jakarta and was advised to email BNPB for exemption letter,(which i did and till now no reply)
    her last stay will be on 16/03/2022 and permit has been cancelled resulting her to fine for overstaying stay.
    appreciate anyone who knows how can i help her back to her home country as she has been away for 2 years.
    I have consulted Embassy her but given dissapointment reply say its the affair from BNBP in jakarta and nothing can be done for Embassy here.

  2. Hello Nikki

    You mention a valid visa as the number requirement.

    do you mind to share the valid website to apply for that visa…?

    Thanks

  3. Hi, greetings to you.
    Appreciate can you advise me on the exit travel requirement from Malaysia to Indonesia. I have a Indonesia maid which she is going back as her VISA is expiring soon. Now, we reside in Penang, Malaysia
    Appreciate if you can assist as I need to make necessary arrangement for her to go back after many years with us. May I know what are the steps that I can ensure her travel back home safely.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Dear Khoo, when travelling into Indonesia, your maid would have to take a PCR test on arrival and quarantine in a hotel for 7 nights. If she is not yet vaccinated, according to the rules right now, she would be required to have a mandatory vaccine after she completes her quarantine. See the section above on travelling to Indonesia as an Indonesian citizen. Also, see this article about quarantine hotels in Jakarta: https://southeastasiabackpacker.com/jakarta-quarantine-hotels
      You may also find this Facebook group helpful where you can ask questions and get advice from other travellers to Indonesia: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369666893613733/

  4. what happens if you test positive at the end of your 5 day quarantine? does anybody have any experience of this or know what happens?

    1. Hi Dalia, see the Facebook Group: “Visa & Immigration Indonesia”. (Link in Resources above.) I read a post recently from someone who tested positive after 5 days. You can read about their experience.

  5. Hi!
    Thanks for your helpful article. I’m a little confused about which nationalities would have to quarantine for 14 days (vs 5 days). In your points 4 & 5 under the heading PROPOSED CHANGES TO INDONESIAN QUARANTINE, do you mean that Americans would have to quarantine 14 days because USA is mentioned in point 4? I hadn’t read that elsewhere. I’m a property owner in Bali and would like to visit in August if they open the boarders.
    Thanks for any clarification . . . it’s really difficult to understand the changing regulations.

    1. Hi Amy,
      Yes. That is what the proposal from the Indonesian Ministry of Health recommends. Anyone from (or travelling from) the list of countries in point 4 would have to quarantine for 14 days as opposed to 5. HOWEVER, please be aware that at this stage, this is just a proposal that was given to the Indonesian Government COVID-19 task Force on 17th May and nothing has been made official yet. The quarantine period is still 5 days for everyone except those travelling from the Philippines, Pakistan or India. I would highly recommend you join the Facebook group: “Visa & Immigration Indonesia” which is really helpful for keeping up to date with any changes that are made. Also, be aware that the details surrounding the reopening of Bali have yet to be agreed upon and so things could be entirely different for US citizens travelling to that part of Indonesia by August! We will keep updating this article when new info comes available. Best of luck!

  6. giorgia trevisan

    Hello,
    I am planning to go to Jakarta soon and I have heard about the change of quarantine length for some counties included the UK
    Did you have any news about it.?
    I have asked the Indonesian embassy in London and they are not aware of any change as yet
    Thank you

    Gio

    1. We are also not aware of any change to the quarantine rules as of yet. It is so far still 5 days unless you are coming from the Philippines, Indian or Pakistan. We will be updating this page as soon as we hear of any change. Be sure to get the final word from the Indonesian Embassy though – they should be the first to know!

        1. Hey! Any clarifications on transits through turkey? I would like to fly from latvia via turkey to jakarta. Trying to understand if i will have to do 14 days quarantine?

          1. I do not believe Turkey are on the 14-day list (only the Philippines, India and Pakistan so far), however, it is best to ask your local Indonesian Embassy. You could also ask in the Facebook Group “Visa & Immigration Indonesia” which is very helpful.

  7. Hi,
    Thanks for all these useful information. I would like to know if it’s possible to quarantine in Manado without transit through Jakarta.
    I haven’t see any information regarding “quarantine hotels” in Manado. I saw international flight available from singapore to mandano though.
    I was wondering if you have any information.
    Thanks

    1. Hi there! International flights are currently operating to Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Manado and I believe that you can complete your quarantine in any of these cities. I have not seen any information on quarantine hotels in Manado, however, I am in a very helpful Facebook group that may be able to help you. It is called ‘Visa & Immigration Indonesia’. See the link above in the Resources. I wish you the best of luck!

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