Indonesia is extensively preparing for a tourism recovery in the near future as the government is putting their utmost effort to flatten the curve of pandemic through the acceleration of vaccination programs and the implementation of community restrictions. Currently, Indonesia has decided to reopen Bali and Riau Islands for visitors with terms and conditions applying. Before planning your trip to Indonesia, complete your basic preparation by learning about the visa and requirements to enter Indonesia.
In order to provide ease of access, the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights has developed an electronic visa (e-Visa) application system. This e-Visa aims to facilitate foreign travelers who are planning to visit Indonesia in the future and bring a positive impact on the development of tourism and creative economy of Indonesia.
The e-Visa application system allows foreigners to apply for a visa online without having to visit the Republic of Indonesia Representative out of the country or the Immigration Office. You can visit this article to find out more information about e-Visa.
The government has also launched the Electronic Visa on Arrival (eVOA) program on 10 November, 2022, to provide an even easier entry process for foreign travelers.
According to the Circular Letter of the Directorate General of Immigration No. IMI-0794.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the Immigration Policy regarding Electronic Visit Visa Services, Visit Visa on Arrival Services, and Free Visit Visa to Support Sustainable Tourism during the Covid-19 Pandemic, as of 1 December 2022, the eVOA program is accessible to foreign nationals from 86 countries. The eVOA is available at 16 airports, 91 seaports, as well as 6 cross-border immigration checkpoints across Indonesia.
You can visit this link to find out the complete list of the eligible countries and the entrance points across Indonesia where the eVOA is available. As for the registration, you can head on to this page to gather more details about it.
Before applying for a visa to Indonesia, you need to identify your purpose of visit in order to know what kind of visa you need. Based on the Decree of the Minister of Law and Human Rights (KEPMENKUMHAM) No. M.HH-03.GR.01.05 of 2021, here are the current types of visas you can apply for.
According to the Circular Letter of the Directorate General of Immigration No. IMI-0708.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the Ease of Immigration to Support Sustainable Tourism during the COVID-19 Pandemic effective from 23 September 2022, the Indonesian government has implemented a Visa Exemption Arrangement facility to 9 countries. You can visit this link to find out the complete list of countries eligible for Visa Exemption Arrangement.
Furthermore, on 25 October 2022, The Directorate General of Immigration (DGI) Ministry of Law and Human Rights officially launched the Second Home Visa, which details are stated in Circular Number IMI-0740.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the Granting of a Second-Home Visa and Temporary Stay Permit.
You can visit this link for further information regarding types of visa that are applicable in indonesia.
On 15 September 2022, the government started applying the Visa On Arrival (VOA) program for 86 selected countries as well as the Visa Exemption Facility for 9 selected countries.
As a way to support the tourism recovery in Indonesia, the Indonesian Government will make sure to keep their utmost efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, namely by maintaining the status as one of countries with the highest vaccination rates, as well as the country that consistently provides safety protocols for all of its visitors.
Visit this link to gather more information about the latest travel regulations that currently apply in Indonesia.
Note that this regulation is dynamic and can be changed from time to time, so that travelers need to recheck and confirm before planning their future journey.
We hope that this information can assist you in preparing your next journey to Indonesia. We kindly ask you to stay safe by always practicing healthy habits such as washing hands frequently, wearing a mask in public, and implementing social distancing. See you soon in the near future.
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*Disclaimer: This article was updated on January 16, 2023. Due to the dynamic nature of travel regulations, please keep yourself updated by following our social media accounts.
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