Update on Indonesia Travel Policies During Covid-19

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Update on Indonesia Travel Policies During Covid-19
6 September 2022

Indonesia’s Covid-19 Task Force (Satuan Tugas Penanganan Covid-19) has announced new policies for domestic and international travel effective as of August 25, 2022.

The following is a summary of key points. You can find more information on the latest travel policies here.

All travelers must comply with the health protocols set forth by the Covid-19 Task Force:

 

  1. Use a three-ply cloth mask or a medical mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin;
  2. Change masks regularly every four hours and dispose of old masks in provided places;
  3. Wash hands regularly using water and soap or hand sanitizer, especially after touching objects touched by other people;
  4. Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people and avoid crowds; and
  5. Not allowed to speak on the telephone or face to face while on public transportation (land, rail, sea, river, lake, and air).

The Task Force lifted the prohibition to eat or drink during flights that are less than two hours long.

The following is a summary of the newest travel policies:

 

International Travel

1. Visit Visa Exemption for Tourism and VOA for Tourism

A Visit Visa Exemption for Tourism may be granted to nationals of all member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Pursuant to MOLHR Circular Letter Number IMI-0603.GR.01.01 of 2022 regarding Ease of Immigration to Support Sustainable Tourism During the 2019 Corona Virus Disease Pandemic, the number of countries whose citizens are eligible for a VOA for Tourism was increased from 60 to 72. The countries that were added are:

  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine

 

Foreigners must show a passport with at least six months of remaining validity, a return ticket or a ticket to continue their journey to another country, and proof of payment for the VOA for tourism (IDR 500,000).

The Visit Visa Exemption for Tourism and VOA for tourism will be granted at immigration checkpoints including airport entry points as listed below (except for Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport in Riau Islands), border post immigration checkpoints as listed below (in addition to Tunon Taka, North Kalimantan), and the following harbor checkpoints:

a. Benoa in Bali;

b. Dumai in Riau;

c. Bandar Bentan Telani Lagoi in Riau Islands;

d. Bandar Seri Udana Lobam in Riau Islands;

e. Batam Centre in Riau Islands;

f. Citra Tri Tunas in Riau Islands;

g. Marina Teluk Senimba in Riau Islands;

h. Nongsa Terminal Bahari in Riau Islands;

i. Sekupang in Riau Islands;

j. Sri Bintan Pura in Riau Islands; and

k. Tanjung Balai Karimun in Riau Islands.

 

2. Entry Points

a. Airports

i. Soekarno-Hatta, Banten;

ii. Juanda, East Java;

iii. Ngurah Rai, Bali;

iv. Hang Nadim, Riau Islands;

v. Raja Haji Fisabilillah, Riau Islands;

vi. Sam Ratulangi, North Sulawesi;

vii. Zainuddin Abdul Madjid, West Nusa Tenggara;

viii. Kualanamu, North Sumatra;

ix. Sultan Hasanuddin, South Sulawesi;

x. Yogyakarta, Special Region of Yogyakarta;

xi. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Aceh;

xii. Minangkabau, West Sumatra;

xii. Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, South Sumatra;

xiii. Adisumarmo, Central Java;

xiv. Syamsuddin Noor, South Kalimantan;

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

xvii. Sultan Syarif Kasim II, Riau.

 

b. All international harbors in Indonesia are open as entry points for international travelers with recommendation from the Directorate General of Sea Transportation at the Ministry of Transportation.

c. Cross-Border Posts:

i. Aruk, West Kalimantan;

ii. Entikong, West Kalimantan;

iii. Nanga Badau, West Kalimantan;

iv. Motaain, East Nusa Tenggara;

v. Motamasin, East Nusa Tenggara;

vi. Wini, East Nusa Tenggara;

vii. Skouw, Papua; and

viii. Sota, Papua.

 

3. Proof of Vaccination Requirement

Travelers must provide a card/certificate (physical/digital) evidencing that they have received a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their departure. Especially for travelers with foreign citizenship, the vaccination card/certificate to be provided must be in English, in addition to the language of the country of origin.

 

Unvaccinated travelers with Indonesian citizenship shall be vaccinated at international travel entry points upon arrival after undergoing a symptoms check, or at the quarantine location after receiving a negative result for a RT-PCR test taken on the fourth day of quarantine. Unvaccinated travelers with foreign citizenship who are already in Indonesia and will travel, either domestically or internationally, are required to receive a vaccination in accordance with the provisions of laws and regulations.

 

4. Covid-19 Testing Requirement

a. Pre-Departure: Travelers are not required to provide a negative RT-PCR test result taken before departure in their origin country/region.

b. Post-Arrival: Travelers with Covid-19 symptoms or a body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celcius are required to take a RT-PCR test upon arrival. Quarantined travelers (see below for the quarantine requirements) are also required to take a RT-PCR test on the fourth day of quarantine.

 

5. Quarantine Requirement

Provided that no Covid-19 symptoms are detected upon arrival or a negative RT-PCR test result is obtained, travelers having received a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 14 days prior to their departure are not required to be quarantined. Travelers who have received only the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine or are unvaccinated must be quarantined for 5x24 hours. For travelers under the age of 18, the quarantine/supervision requirement will follow the applicable requirement for their parents/caretakers/companions. Unvaccinated travelers with special health conditions or comorbidities may resume travel provided they have a doctor’s letter from a government hospital in their departure country stating that the person has not and/or is not able to be vaccinated.

 

6. Exemptions

a. The following are exempted from the requirement to provide proof of vaccination:

i. Foreign travelers holding diplomatic/service visa entering Indonesia through a Travel Corridor Arrangement scheme;

ii. Unvaccinated foreign travelers planning to leave Indonesia through domestic transit as long as they do not leave the airport area;

iii. Travelers under the age of 18;

iv. Travelers who have been isolated or treated for Covid-19 and declared inactive in transmitting Covid-19; and

v. Travelers ineligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine for health reasons.

b. Provided that no Covid-19 symptoms are detected or a negative RT-PCR test result is obtained, unvaccinated Indonesian travelers (have not received a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine) are eligible to apply for a dispensation from quarantine requirements. Dispensations will be provided selectively, with a limited quota, to applicants that can show they have an urgent condition (i.e., life-threatening health condition or grieving the death of a main family member). Dispensation requests must be submitted at least three days prior to arrival and the dispensation shall apply individually

Domestic Travel

1. Proof of Vaccination Requirement

Travelers above the age of 18 must have received a third (booster) dose of vaccine. Foreign travelers above the age of 18 entering Indonesia from abroad must have received at least a second dose of vaccine. As confirmed by the Covid-19 Task Force, “foreign travelers above the age of 18 entering Indonesia from abroad” refers to non-Indonesian travelers who do not have a stay permit.

 

2. Quarantine Requirement

Domestic travelers are not required to be quarantined.

 

  1. Exemptions

a. Travelers aged 6-17 travelling from outside of Indonesia are exempted from the vaccination requirement;

b. Travelers under the age of 6 are exempted from the vaccination requirement, but must be accompanied by another traveler who has fulfilled the vaccination requirement;

c. Travelers with special health conditions or comorbidities which make them unable to receive a vaccination are exempted from the vaccination and Covid-19 testing requirements if they present a doctor’s letter from a government hospital stating that the person has not and/or is not able to be vaccinated;

d. Travelers using a pioneer mode of transportation (moda transportasi perintis) are exempted from all travel requirements, including in border areas, underdeveloped, frontier and outermost areas (wilayah tertinggal, terdepan, terluar), and on limited sea voyages.

 

 

The above material is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Circumstances may change and this material may become outdated. SSEK is under no obligation to update or correct this material. Any reliance on the material contained herein is at the user’s own risk.
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