COVID-19: Indonesia Travel Updates

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Updated 13th September 2021.

See here for Southeast Asia Travel COVID-19 overview.


LATEST INDONESIA COVID-19 NEWS:

  • 17th September 2021 – Indonesian government clarifies that they do not intend to keep backpackers away from Bali. Source.
  • 10th September 2021 – Luhut Pandjaitan, Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs declares “We will filter tourists that come visit. We don’t want backpackers to come so that Bali remains clean, where the people who come are of quality”. Source.
  • 7th September 2021 – Tourism & Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno hints Bali soon to reopen to vaccinated tourists. Source.
  • 6th September 2021 – Gradual reopening of some Javanese tourist sites announced. Diners allowed up to 1 hour in restaurants. Source.
  • 31st August 2021 – Restaurants inside shopping malls to permit 50% capacity. Malls to open until 9pm. Source.
  • 21st July 2021 – Indonesia becomes the epicentre of Asia’s COVID-19 crisis. Source.

6TH JULY 2021 – INDONESIA’S NEW TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

  • From 6th July 2021 only vaccinated travellers will be allowed to enter Indonesia. Source.
  • Quarantine is extended to 8 days / 7 nights for all travellers.

Foreign travellers must:

  • Be in posession of a valid visa (see below).
  • Be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO (Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Sinovac, Sinopharm). 14 days must have passed since the traveller has had the vaccine before departure to Indonesia.
  • Have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours before flying to Indonesia.
  • Quarantine for 7 nights/8 days in a government approved quarantine hotel in Jakarta.
  • Show a negative PCR test result on day 1 and day 7 of quarantine.

Indonesian travellers must:

  • Have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours before flying to Indonesia.
  • Quarantine for 7 nights/8 days in a government approved quarantine hotel in Jakarta.
  • Show a negative PCR test result on day 1 and day 7 of quarantine.
  • Receive an obligatory vaccine in use by Indonesian government at the end of quarantine period, if you have not been vaccinated previously. (On condition of negative COVID-19 test.)

Exceptions: Citizens from India are currently not allowed to travel to Indonesia (including those travellers who have been in India in the last 14 days). Citizens of the Philippines and Pakistan must quarantine for 14 days.

BALI REOPENING

Plans to reopen Bali to vaccinated travellers, in a program akin to the Phuket Sandbox in Thailand, had been put on hold during July and August 2021 due to the surge in Covid cases. On 7th September, Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Tourism & Creative Economy Minister hinted that plans are taking shape. The majority of Bali is still under level 4 restrictions, but early preparations for the scheme are beginning in certain “green zone areas”.

Rumours had been circulating for months about the reopening of Bali. The reopening was announced by the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, at the Arabian Travel Market last month in Dubai. He also suggested that, along with Bali, several other places, such as Bintan and Batam would serve as ‘locomotive’ destinations with which to kickstart tourism in the country. Amidst rapidly rising cases, a plan has yet to be put in place.


Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing daily. The following information reflects South East Asia Backpacker’s current understanding of the rules. We work hard to update this information as often and accurately as possible. However, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. We strongly advise you to contact the embassy of the country you are visiting for the latest information.

Indonesia Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Indonesia right now? SUMMARY:

No. Indonesia is currently not allocating visas to non-Indonesian nationals until further notice. Exemptions to this include diplomats on official business, holders of Indonesian residency cards, foreigners who are travelling for official business, humanitarian aid, essential work or other essential reasons. You must have official permission to travel from the relevant government department.*

INDONESIAN B211 BUSINESS VISAS: (SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FROM 21st JULY 2021)

Despite not officially being allowed to travel, some foreigners have been finding ways to enter Indonesia. In recent months, many foreign nationals applied for the Single-Entry B211 Business Visa (also known as the Social-Cultural Visa) which allows visitors to stay in the country for up to 180 days.

The visa, which is expensive to obtain, must be arranged by a travel agency and you will need to be sponsored by an Indonesian company. If you believe that you have grounds to apply for the visa, check out the very helpful Facebook group: Visa & Immigration Indonesia.

Before you enter Indonesia, you will need to:

New rules from 6th July 2021 – If you are able to obtain a valid visa (for one of the reasons mentioned above), you will still need to:

  1. Be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO.
  2. Carry a health certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure to Indonesia.
  3. Complete the Indonesian eHAC registration (Indonesia Health Alert Card) and supply the QR code on inspection at the airport in Indonesia.
  4. Quarantine in a specified hotel for 7 nights/8 days and provide negative COVID-19 PCR tests on day one and day seven.
  5. If you are an Indonesian citizen who is not yet vaccinated, you will be obliged to be vaccinated with a vaccine in use by the Indonesian government upon leaving quarantine. This is provided you show a negative PCR test result.

Quarantine Period in Indonesia:

All travellers to Indonesia from abroad (foreign and Indonesian) must quarantine for 7 nights/8 days in a hotel upon arrival. You will still have to quarantine even if you are fully vaccinated.

International flights are currently only flying into Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Manado. You must choose your quarantine hotel in your city of arrival. The hotel must be paid for by the traveller and costs average around $100 US per night depending on the hotel. 

See our recommendations for the best Jakarta Quarantine Hotels here.

Face Mask Policy in Indonesia: 

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 of the other health protocols in place in the country will be immediately deported.

See here for recommendations on the best face masks for travel.

Domestic Travel Restrictions in Indonesia

Before 3rd July, if you wanted to travel domestically within Indonesia, all you needed to do was to take a quick $10 USD rapid antigen test. Things have now become a lot more strict…

The new restrictions as of 5th July 2021 mean that 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. Source.

Land Borders: 

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

Hotels and guesthouses: 

Hotels and guesthouses remain open for business, although many have been forced to close due to lack of custom. Social distancing measures and mask-wearing are being applied to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Public places: 

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. 

On the ground traveller reports:

“Restrictions in Indonesia, particularly in Bali and Java, are way more strict currently than most countries. All tourist attractions, parks, beaches, waterfalls, etc. are closed. Most restaurants are closed or limited in times and capacity. Only essential travel between districts is allowed, with required letters, vaccination proof, and COVID-19 tests. Even religious activities are limited. And many other restrictions.” – Luke, 9th August 2021

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

  1. 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/

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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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