Regulation have come into effect this year in Indonesia that make it simple for cruise ship and yatch to dock in the country's ports; the change include allowing them to register online. The purpose is to help the tourism industry and reach Ministry of Tourism target.

One of the most signification regulations issued by the goverment is the cabotage regulation that permits foreign passenger ship to take visitors on journey within the country, stopping at major domestic, stopping at major domestic ports, as part of effort to boots tourism.

Passports must be valid for more than 6 (six) months since the date of entry.


1. Visa Free (up to 30 days)
Nationals of 169 countries*) are eligible for a visa-free visit of up to 30 days, with condition as follows:

  • it is not extendable, you must leave after 30 days is up.
  • it is not granted for the journalist/media to do coverage in Indonesia.
  • no working or study is allowed

2. Visa for a visit of up to 2 months
If you wish to stay for 2 months, there are 2 ways to obtain the visa, either:

  • Obtaining a visa in your home or residing country prior to arrival by applying to the nearest Indonesian embassy/consulate.
  • Requesting a visa on arrival/VOA (valid for 30 days) which costs US$35. This type of visa is extendable for a further 30 day. But, you must leave the country after 2 months.

3. Visa for a visit of more than 2 up to 8 months
If you wish to stay more than 2 months up to 8 months, you must obtain prior to arrival for 2 months and can be extended every month for a maximum of 6 months (8 months in total).
There are two types of 211 Social Visas:

  • the 211/30 visa is usually given for conventions or meetings that are short term.
  • the 211/60 is given for Social/Cultural purpose. This visa which gives you 60 days on arrival, and is renewable every month.

4. Visa Extensions
You do not need to be in a port of entry for get a visa extension. There are many Immigration offices all over Indonesia. A list of offices where visa extensions can be found at

5. Visa for Crew
Short Visit Visa index: 111 is a visa/entry permit for crews of foreign vessels to be operating for a certain period of time in the Indonesian territorial waters. Holders of visit visa index 111 may apply for DAHSUSKIM directly upon arrival to Indonesia without the need to change the index.
Holders of visit visa index 111, upon arrival, will be picked by staffs delivering letters of the Director General of Immigration who will take them to the vessel and sign on at the nearest immigration office at the port.
At the departure, they will also be taken by staffs delivering letters of the immigration office to be signed on at the immigration office of the airport. The taking process is called escorting in order to apply WASKAT (Tight Surveillance).
Visa applicant must have partner in Indonesia that is a company having complete business permits in the business line of Shipping such as SIUPAL, issued by the Directorate General of Sea Transportation The role of partner Company as such shall further to become the sponsor and shall provide all the necessary documents for visa application process.

6. Visa for Journalist/Media
A Journalist Visa is a visa issued to foreign citizens who intend to visit Indonesia for journalist activities, media coverage, or commercial/non-commercial filming/video shooting activities. This visa has to be obtained prior to arrival prior by applying to the nearest Indonesian embassy/consulate.

By virtue of the Minister of Finance Regulation No. 2829/KM/4/2018 dated Novbember 30, 2018pertaining to Entry and Exit Ports Providing Customs Clearance for Temporary Import of Cruise Ships/Yachts, the Government has designated 21 entry and exit ports*) that can provide custom clearance for temporary import of Yachts. With this regulation, cruise ship/yachts can enter and exit through any of the 21 designated ports, subject to clearance compliance.

YachtERS - Yacht's Electronic Registration System
Prior to entering Indonesian water, sailing permit must be obtained through YachtERS, an online electronic registration system under the management of the Directorate General of Customs and Excise.

This system is introduced to speed up the administration process by half the time compared to the Clearance Approval of Indonesian Territory (CAIT) system previously applied. The permit allows the boat to a single entry to Indonesian waters as well as its passengers and crews listed on the documents, subject to their immigration compliance.  

To apply, please log in to and complete the necessary forms.

Required documents:

  • Boat registration papers and other related documents.
  • List of names and passports of all passengers.
  • List of names and passports of all crews.
  • Planned Ports for International Clearance
  • Planned routes on Indonesian waters.
  • Boat Insurance

To avoid levied import duty, a vessel declaration is needed. The vessel must be temporarily imported upon the first international clearance at Indonesian port or marina. Upon the first arrival, the vessel declaration is to be endorsed by customs officers following the inspection of the yacht and the information submitted in the document.  At the end of the trip, the yacht will be exported following the last international clearance from Indonesian port or marina.   

Upon arrival, you need to present printed documents/paperwork. Unless your clearance is handled by the third party, you need to go to the office of Quarantine, Customs, Immigration and the Port Authority or Harbor Master.

Required documents:

  • Yachts registration papers and other related documents
  • Pictures of the yachts
  • Yacht valuation documents
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