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New International Travel Regulations to Enter Indonesia as of 18 May 2022

JAKARTA, 18 May 2022 - As an immediate response to recover tourism industry and relaxing the international travel restrictions, COVID-19 Task Force issued Circular Letter of the COVID-19 Task Force Number 19 of 2022 concerning Health Protocol for International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which highlights important update such as “No RT-PCR test result required to be taken from the country or region of origin”. Scroll down to find more details of the latest regulation and get ready to enjoy your next vacation!

 

1. International Travel

Here are the new international travel regulations according to the Circular Letter of the COVID-19 Task Force Number 19 of 2022 concerning Health Protocol for International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which has been signed and came into effect since 18 May 2022:

 

1 | All International travelers, both Indonesian citizens and foreign nationals can enter Indonesia through the entry points assigned, which are:

a. Airports

i. Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Banten;

ii. Juanda International Airport, East Java;

iii. Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali;

iv. Hang Nadim International Airport, Riau Islands;

v. Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport, Riau Islands;

vi. Sam Ratulangi International Airport, North Sulawesi;

vii. Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport, West Nusa Tenggara;

viii. Kualanamu International Airport, North Sumatra;

ix. Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, South Sulawesi; and

x. Yogyakarta International Airport in Yogyakarta.

xi. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Aceh;

xii. Minangkabau, West Sumatra;

xiii. Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, South Sumatra;

xiv. Adisumarmo, Central Java;

xv. Syamsudin Noor, South Kalimantan; and

xvi. Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman, Sepinggan, East Kalimantan.

 

b. Seaports

All international seaports in Indonesia are now opened as entry points for international travel through the consideration of the Directorate General of Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation.

 

c. Cross Border State

i. Aruk, West Kalimantan;

ii. Entikong, West Kalimantan; and

iii. Motaain, East Nusa Tenggara.

iv. Nanga Badau, West Kalimantan;

v. Motamasin, East Nusa Tenggara;

vi. Wini, East Nusa Tenggara;

vii. Skouw, Papua; and

viii. Sota, Papua.


 

2 | The entry points as referred to in numbers 1.a.xi, 1.a.xii., 1.a.xiii., 1.a.xiv., 1.a.xv., and 1.a.xvi. are only intended as entry points for international travelers involved in the hajj program and will be opened in the period from 4 June 2022 to 15 August 2022

3 | International travelers are permitted to enter Indonesia by continuing to take part in the strict health protocol implemented by the government.

4 | Foreign nationals can enter Indonesia with the following criterias:

a) In accordance with the immigration regulations issued by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights

b) According to the agreement schemes (bilateral), such as travel corridor arrangement (TCA); and/or

c) Granted special considerations/permissions in writing from the Ministry/Institution.

 

5 | Requirements to enter Indonesia through the specified entry points are as follows :

a) Comply with the provisions of the health protocol set by the government;

b) International travelers must download PeduliLindungi app before departure;

c) Show cards or certificates (physical and digital) of having received a complete dose of COVID-19 vaccine consisting of two doses and/or a booster (third) vaccine which are administered 14 days before departure at the earliest as a requirement to enter Indonesia with the following conditions:

i. Indonesian citizens must show proof (physical and digital) of having received a complete dose of COVID-19 vaccine consisting of two doses and/or a booster (third) vaccine as a requirement to enter Indonesia, and in the event that the Indonesian citizens have not received vaccine abroad, they will be vaccinated in the quarantine place in Indonesia after a second RT-PCR examination with negative results;

Kindly note that the Indonesian government accepts all kinds of COVID-19 vaccine administered to international travelers;

ii. In the event of foreign nationals have not received vaccine abroad, they will be vaccinated in the quarantine place upon arrival in Indonesia after a second RT-PCR examination with negative results, with the following conditions:

a. Foreign nationals are 6-17 years old;

b. Diplomatic residence permit and official residence permits holders; and/or

c. Limited residence card holder (KITAS) and permanent residence card holder (KITAP)

iii. Foreign nationals who are already in Indonesia and will travel, both domestically and internationally, are required to vaccinate through program schemes or mutual cooperation according to the laws and regulation;

iv. Proof (physical and digital) of having received a complete dose of COVID-19 vaccine as a requirement for entering Indonesia must be written in English other than the language of the country/region of origin of arrival.

d) The obligation to show proof (physical and digital) of COVID-19 vaccination certificates as requirements for entering Indonesia are excluded to:

i. Diplomatic visa holders and work visas related to official visit/state officials at the ministerial level or above and foreign nationals who entered Indonesia with the Travel Corridor Arrangement scheme, according to the principle of reciprocity while implementing a strict health protocol; and

ii. Foreign nationals who have not yet received COVID-19 vaccination and intends to travel domestically and continue with the intention of following international flights out of the Republic of Indonesia are allowed not to show COVID-19 vaccination proof as long as they are not exiting the airport area during transit waiting for international flights with requirements as follows:

1. They have been permitted by the local Port Health Office to carry out domestic travel with the intention of continuing their flight out of Indonesia; and

2. Present flight ticket schedules outside Indonesia for direct transit from the city of departure to the international airport in the Republic of Indonesia with the final destination to the destination country.

iii. Foreign nationals under 18 years old; and

iv. International travelers who have not received a complete dose of vaccination, have finished carrying out COVID-19 isolation or treatment, and have been declared inactive in transmitting COVID-19 with the requirement that they attach a doctor's certificate from the Government Hospital of the departure country or the ministry that carries out government affairs in the health sector on the country of departure stating that the person concerned is no longer actively transmitting COVID-19 or the COVID-19 recovery certificate;

v. International travelers with special health conditions or comorbid diseases that cause travelers cannot receive vaccines, with the requirements of presenting a doctor's certificate from the State Departure Hospital which states that the concerned person has not been and/or cannot receive COVID-19 vaccination.

e) In the event of international travelers plan to conduct a centralized quarantine by self-financing, they must show booking confirmation from the accommodation providers while in Indonesia;

f) International travelers with the status of foreign citizen must attach proof of health insurance ownership which includes financing of COVID-19 handling and medical evacuation towards a referral hospital with a minimum coverage value according to the organizers, managers, or local government;

g) Upon arrival at the entry points, international travelers must undergo a COVID-19 symptom check, including a body temperature check, with the following conditions:

i. If there is a symptom of COVID-19 or body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius: must undergo RT-PCR examination upon arrival with payment borne by the government for Indonesian citizen and by self-financing for foreign nationals

ii. If there is no symptom of COVID-19 and body temperature is below 37.5 degrees Celsius: no need to undergo RT-PCR examination upon arrival and continue their travel with these requirements below :

1) For international travelers who have not yet received vaccination or have received the 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure must undergo 5 x 24 hours quarantine with mandatory RT-PCR test on day 4;

2) For international travelers who have received the 2nd or 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure are allowed to resume their travel;

3) For international travelers under 18 years of age and require special protection, the duration of quarantine follows the provisions imposed on their parents or caregivers/travel companions;

4) For international travelers with special health conditions or comorbid diseases that cause travelers cannot receive vaccines, with the requirements of presenting a doctor's certificate from the State Departure Hospital which states that the concerned person has not been and/or cannot receive COVID-19 vaccination.

h) After RT-PCR sampling upon arrival as mentioned in 4.i.i, the international travelers may continue with:

i. Inspection of immigration documents and customs documents;

ii. Baggage collection and baggage disinfection;

iii. Pick up and drop off directly to the hotel, lodging accommodation, or place of residence;

iv. Waiting for the results of the RT-PCR examination in hotel rooms, rooms at lodging accommodations, or places of residence; and

v. It is not allowed to leave the hotel room or accommodation room before the RT-PCR test results show a negative result.

i) In the event that the results of the RT-PCR examination upon arrival at the entry point as mentioned in 4.i.i, show negative results, then it will be followed up with the following provisions:

i. For international travelers who have not yet received vaccination or have received the 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure must undergo 5 x 24 hours quarantine with mandatory RT-PCR test on day 4;

ii. For international travelers who have received the 2nd or 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure are allowed to resume their travel;

iii. For international travelers under 18 years of age and require special protection, the duration of quarantine follows the provisions imposed on their parents or caregivers/travel companions;

iv. For international travelers with special health conditions or comorbid diseases that cause travelers cannot receive vaccines, with the requirements of presenting a doctor's certificate from the State Departure Hospital which states that the concerned person has not been and/or cannot receive COVID-19 vaccination.

j) In the event that the results of RT-PCR re-examination upon arrival as referred to in letter k.ii and k.iv above show negative results, Indonesian citizens and foreign nationals are allowed to continue the journey and will be recommended to conduct an independent health monitoring for 14 days and must follow health protocol;

k) In the event that the results of RT-PCR re-examination upon arrival as mentioned in 4.i.i show positive results, continue with the following provision:

i. If asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms, isolation/treatment is carried out in isolation hotels or centralized isolation facilities set by the government or self-isolation at residence with isolation/treatment times in accordance with the recommendation of the ministry in charge of government affairs in the health sector; or

ii. If accompanied by moderate or severe symptoms, and/or with uncontrolled comorbidities, isolation or treatment is carried out at a COVID-19 referral hospital with isolation/treatment time according to the recommendations of the doctor and the recommendation of the ministry that carries out government affairs in the health sector; and

iii. The cost of isolation/treatment for foreigners is borne independently, while for Indonesian citizens it is borne by the government.

l) The quarantine obligation as referred to in letter 4.i.ii.1) is carried out with the following conditions:

i. Indonesian citizens, namely Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI); students who have finished education; or civil servants who returned from the Foreign Service journey, in accordance with the Decree of the Chairperson of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 14 of 2021 concerning Entry Points, Quarantine Places, and RT-PCR Obligations for Indonesian Citizens of International Travelers at costs borne by the government; and

ii. Indonesian citizens beyond the criteria as referred to in number i must undergo a self-funded quarantine in accommodation sites; and,

iii. Foreign nationals, including foreign diplomats, outside the head of a foreign representative and the family of foreign representatives must undergo a self-funded quarantine in accommodation sites.

m) For international travelers who have not yet received vaccination or have received the 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure must undergo 5 x 24 hours quarantine with mandatory RT-PCR test on day 4

n) In the event that the results of RT-PCR re-examination as mentioned in letter o show negative results, Indonesian citizens and foreign nationals are allowed to continue the journey and will be recommended to conduct an independent health monitoring for 14 days and must follow health protocol;

o) In the event of RT-PCR tests as referred to in letter o show positive results:

i. Those who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, shall be isolated in a hotel or centralized isolation facility at the expense of being borne independently for foreign nationals and borne by the government for Indonesian citizens; and

ii. Those who show moderate or severe symptoms, and/or with uncontrolled comorbidities, shall be isolated in a COVID-19 referral hospital at the expense of being borne independently for foreign nationals and borne by the government for Indonesian citizens

iii. The cost of isolation/treatment for foreigners is borne independently, while for Indonesian citizens it is borne by the government.

p) In the event that foreign nationals cannot finance their self-quarantine and/or hospital care, then sponsors, ministries / institutions / SOEs that provide consideration of entry permits for the foreigner can be held in question;

q) RT-PCR examinations on 4.i.i and o, can be appealed for comparison test with written forms provided by the Port Health Office  or the Ministry of Health and self financing from the international travelers who request it.

r) The comparison test on letter s, are conducted simultaneously by the Port Health Office at 2 different laboratories, for SGTF and RT-PCR comparison examinations, at these chosen places :  Badan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Kesehatan (Balitbangkes), Rumah Sakit Umum Pusat Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM), Rumah Sakit Pusat Angkatan Darat Gatot Soebroto (RSPAD), Rumah Sakit Bhayangkara Raden Said Sukanto (RS. Polri) atau laboratorium pemerintah lainnya (Balai Teknik Kesehatan Lingkungan, Laboratorium Kesehatan Daerah, or other official government appointed laboratories;

s) Port Health Office at International Airports and Seaports facilitate international travelers who needs emergency medical services upon their arrival in Indonesia according to the law and regulations applied;

 

6 | Quarantine accommodations are obligated to have recommendations from the COVID-19 Task Force and meet the CHSE protocols and criterias.

7 | Exceptions to the obligation of quarantine can be given to Indonesian citizens with emergency status, such as having life-threatening medical conditions, having a medical condition that requires specific attention, or grief towards the death of family members.

8 | Granting of dispensation on quarantine time reduction in times of emergency as referred to in number 13 must be submitted at least 3 days before the arrival in Indonesia to National COVID-19 Handling Task Force and can be given in selective ways, individually, and with limited quota based on the agreement of the coordination result between National COVID-19 Handling Task Force, Coordinating Ministry of Maritime and Investment, and the Ministry of Health.

9 | Health protocols must meet these requirements:

a. Wearing 3 ply of fabric mask or medical grade mask, covering nose, mouth, and chin at indoor settings or any crowded situations;

b. Replacing the mask regularly within every 4 hours, and dispose the waste in the proper place;

c. Washing hands regularly with water and soap or hand sanitizers;

d. Maintaining social distance for a minimum of 1,5 meters and avoiding crowds.

e. It is strongly advised to avoid one and two ways communication through telephone or any direct conversation during travel using public transportation via land, train, sea, river, lake, crossings, and air.

10 | All operators of transportation modes at international entry points are obligated to use the PeduliLindungi application.

 

2. Visa Exemption Arrangement facility and Visa on Arrival for Indonesia

Furthermore, Based on the  Circular Letter of the Directorate General of Immigration No. IMI-0584.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the Ease of Immigration to Support Sustainable Tourism during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Indonesian government has decided to exercise the Visa Exemption Arrangement facility and Visa On Arrival (VOA) for tourism purposes.

Here are the list of ports of entry for VOA holders and Visa Exemption Arrangement Facility holders:

  1. Immigration Checkpoints on Airports

    1. Hang Nadim in Riau Islands,

    2. Hasanudin in South Sulawesi,

    3. Juanda in East Java,

    4. Kualanamu in North Sumatra,

    5. Ngurah Rai in Bali,

    6. Sam Ratulangi in North Sulawesi

    7. Soekarno Hatta in Jakarta Special Capital Region

    8. Yogyakarta in Special Region of Yogyakarta

    9. Zainuddin Abdul Madjid in West Nusa Tenggara.

  2. Immigration Checkpoints on Seaports

    1. Benoa in Bali,

    2. Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi in Riau Islands,

    3. Bandar Seri Udana Lobam in Riau Islands,

    4. Batam Centre in Riau Islands,

    5. Citra Tri Tunas in Riau Islands,

    6. Dumai in Riau,

    7. Marina Teluk Senimba in Riau Islands,

    8. Nongsa Terminal Bahari in Riau Islands,

    9. Sekupang in Riau Islands,

    10. Sri Bintan Pura in Riau Islands,

    11. Tanjung Balai Karimun in Riau Islands.

  3. Immigration Checkpoints on Cross-Border Posts

    1. Entikong in West Kalimantan,

    2. Aruk in West Kalimantan,

    3. Mota'in in East Nusa Tenggara, and

    4. Tunon Taka in North Kalimantan;

 

Below are the list of countries and special entities for Visa Exemption Arrangement facility in alphabetical order: 

  1. Brunei Darussalam,

  2. Cambodia,

  3. Laos,

  4. Malaysia,

  5. Myanmar,

  6. Philippines,

  7. Singapore,

  8. Thailand, and

  9. Vietnam.

 

Effective from 28 April 2022, below are the list of countries and special entities for VOA, in alphabetical order:

  1. Argentina

  2. Australia

  3. Austria

  4. Belgium

  5. Brazil

  6. Brunei Darussalam

  7. Bulgaria

  8. Cambodia

  9. Canada

  10. Croatia

  11. Cyprus

  12. Czech Republic 

  13. China

  14. Denmark

  15. Estonia

  16. Finland

  17. France

  18. Germany

  19. Greece

  20. Hong Kong

  21. Hungary

  22. India

  23. Ireland

  24. Italy

  25. Japan

  26. Laos

  27. Latvia

  28. Lithuania

  29. Luxembourg

  30. Malaysia

  31. Malta

  32. Mexico

  33. Myanmar

  34. Netherland

  35. New Zealand

  36. Norway

  37. Philippines

  38. Poland

  39. Portugal

  40. Qatar

  41. Romania

  42. Saudi Arabia

  43. Seychelles

  44. Singapore

  45. Slovakia

  46. Slovenia

  47. South Africa

  48. South Korea

  49. Spain

  50. Sweden

  51. Switzerland

  52. Taiwan

  53. Thailand

  54. Timor Leste

  55. Tunisia

  56. Türkiye

  57. United Arab Emirates

  58. United Kingdom

  59. United States of America

  60. Vietnam

 

The regulations and details for VOA are listed as follows:

1. International travelers must present all requirements for the VOA at the immigration counter, namely:

a. A nationality passport which includes:

i. Diplomatic Passport,

ii. Service Passport, or

iii. General Passport;

With validity period of at least 6 (six) months;

b. A return ticket or a connecting ticket to continue traveling to another country;

c. Proof of non-tax revenue payment in case of applying for a VOA for tourism purpose; and

d. Proof of insurance ownership based on the requirement under the provisions from the COVID-19 Task Force.

2. Visa Exemption Arrangement for Tourism and VOA for tourism can be used by foreign nationals to carry out tourism activities or government duties in international activities of a state or government nature;

3. In the event that the foreign national as referred to in number 3 will carry out government duties in international activities of a state or government nature, in addition to meeting the requirements as referred to in number 2 must also attach an invitation letter to attend a conference/trial/meeting issued by the related Ministry/Agency of the Republic of Indonesia;

4. VOA for Tourism can also be granted to foreign nationals holding Diplomatic Passports or Service Passports who are not citizens of the State, Government of a Special Administrative Region of a State, and Certain Entities Subject to a VOA for Tourism in the event that there is no Representative of the Republic of Indonesia in the country/place of residence or emergency/urgent activities, by examining the following requirements:

a. Diplomatic Passport or Service Passport with a validity period of at least 6 (six) months,

b. A return ticket or a one-way ticket to continue the journey to another country;

c. Request letter from the Ministry/Agency/Agency of the Republic of Indonesia;

d. Letter of approval from the Director General of Immigration;

e. Proof of non-tax revenue payment for VOA for tourism;

f. Proof of insurance ownership based on the requirement under the provisions from the COVID-19 Task Force; and

g. Invitation letter to attend conferences/trials/meetings issued by Ministries/Institutions/Agencies of the Republic of Indonesia, in terms of the intention of visiting foreigners for government duties in international activities of a state or government nature;

5. The approval letter from the Director General of Immigration as referred to in number 4 letter d is submitted by the chairs of the Ministry/Institution/Agency of the Republic of Indonesia to the Director General of Immigration u.p. Director of Immigration Traffic by attaching:

a. A request letter from the Ministry/Agency/Agency of the Republic of Indonesia containing data on foreign nationals and the reasons for the submission,

b. Diplomatic Passport or Service Passport with a validity period of at least 6 (six) months, and

c. A return ticket or a one-way ticket to continue the journey to another country;

6. Foreign nationals holding Visa Exemption Arrangement for Tourism and VOA for tourism cannot apply for a New Stay Permit through a Visa application;

 7. Foreign nationals holding Visa Exemption Arrangement for Tourism and VOA for tourism can leave the territory of Indonesia through all Immigration Checkpoints;

8. The applicable rate for a VOA for tourism is the rate for a Visa on Arrival as referred to in the Attachment to Government Regulation Number 28 of 2019 which is IDR 500,000,-;

9. Perform data reconciliation between non-tax revenue payments, use of Visit Visa stickers on VOA for tourism with immigration crossings on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis;

 

3. E-Visa

Passport holders outside the above listed categories in poin 2, can also enter Indonesia through entry points mentioned in point 1 by applying for e-visa prior to departure.

These new regulations are expected to minimize further risk of COVID-19 transmission in Indonesia, especially the new SARS-COV-2 B.1.1.529 variant. Lastly, it is also expected for all international travelers to practice healthy habits such as washing hands frequently, wearing a mask in public places, and implementing social distancing. Kindly note that this regulation changes dynamically in order to adapt to certain circumstances. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Youtube to get an immediate update on the regulation in the future.

 

*Disclaimer : This article was updated on May 18, 2022. Due to the dynamic nature of travel regulations, please stay updated and confirm your itinerary with your chosen travel providers.