OMICRON AND NEW FOREIGN TRAVEL RULES IN INDONESIA
The Indonesian government enforces the latest travel regulations to deal with the Omicron Covid-19 variant.
The Ministry of Transportation has tightened international travel rules for airplane passengers due to the spread of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron. Among the new rules is the extension of the quarantine period from three days to seven days.
This is stated in Surat Edaran (SE) or Circular Letter 102 of 2021 concerning Guidelines for the Implementation of Traveling People from Overseas by Air Transportation during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.
Foreign nationals who have visited South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, and Lesotho in the last 14 days will be denied entry.
Foreign nationals must also show that they are fully vaccinated. In addition, they must show the result of an RT-PCR test taken a maximum of three days before departure. A mandatory quarantine of 10 days may be imposed.
Meanwhile, Indonesian citizens (WNI) passengers must show evidence that they are fully vaccinated. If they have not received the vaccine, they can get it at the quarantine place upon arrival in Indonesia. Mandatory quarantine of 14 days will also be imposed on those who have visited South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, and Lesotho in the last 14 days.
Currently, only a few Indonesian airport allow international arrivals, namely Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, and Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport in Tanjung Pinang.
Among the airports mentioned above, tourists can only enter through the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Hang Nadim Airport, and Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport. They must meet several conditions, including not having traveled to certain countries in the last 14 days, being fully vaccinated and using direct flights.
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These are the new rules as quoted from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Visa to Enter Indonesia
The following foreign travelers may enter Indonesia under the new regulations:
Diplomatic and Official visa holders (to apply, click here);
Diplomatic and Official stay permit;
Holders of Indonesia Temporary Residence Card (KITAS) and Indonesia Permanent Residence Card (KITAP). Visit https://izintinggal-online.imigrasi.go.id/ for more information;
Visitor visas, including but not limited to:
a. 211 A Visa;
This visa includes tourist, emergency, business, film, medical visit, official visit, yachters and G20 or the 144th International Parliamentary Union (IPU) meetings.
b. 211B Visa;
This visa includes foreign workers on probation.
Limited stay visa, including but not limited to:
C312 Visa (work visa);
C313 Visa(1-year foreign investment projects in Indonesia);
C314 Visa (2-year foreign investment projects in Indonesia);
C316 Visa (educational visits);
C317 Visa (family reunification)
All non-immigrant crew members or cabin crews arriving on any vessel or aircraft from any port or place outside Indonesia.
Asia-Pacific Economic Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card holder; and
Traditional Border Crossing pass/card holder.
To apply for visitor and limited-stay visas, visit https://visa-online.imigrasi.go.id/. International travelers who wish to apply for those visas will be required to have a local guarantor/sponsor to sponsor their visit to Indonesia.
Visa on Arrivals (VoA) are still suspended until further notice.
Effective on October 14, 2021, the Indonesian government has re-opened Indonesia for international tourists. Only citizens of the following 19 countries can enter Indonesia on tourist/limited stay visas, including but not limited to Bahrain, China, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and United Arab Emirates.
The above citizens who are also a US permanent resident may enter Indonesia and will have to follow the Indonesian health protocols accordingly.
All international tourists may only enter Indonesia via Bali (Ngurah Rai International Airport) and or Riau Islands (Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport). To enter Indonesia, they are required to have the following:
International health insurance with minimum coverage of USD 100,000, including but not limited to COVID-19 related treatment and hospitalization in Indonesia and
PCR Test Requirement (Updated)
To enter Indonesia, all travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test whose sample was collected within 72 hours of their departure. Please see COVID-19 Testing Centers below for more information about COVID-19 testing.
Some transit countries, such as Singapore, require a shorter sample COVID/PCR Test of 2x24 hours. Please visit the transit country official authority website or consult with the respective Airline for more information.
COVID-19 Testing Centers
The Indonesian Consulate does not have designated testing centers. Also see https://www.flylax.com/travelsafely for information on a testing clinic at Terminals 2, 6 and Tom Bradley International Airport of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that provide testing certificates within 24 hours.
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COVID-19 Vaccination Card (COVAX)
Effective July 6, 2021, the Indonesian Government required all exempted international travelers to present COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card in digital or hard copy upon check-in and arrival in Indonesia until further notice. The Indonesian Government recognizes the following vaccinations, including but not limited to two-doses of Pfizer or Moderna or Sinovac, AstraZeneca dan Sinopharm and single-dose of Johnson & Johnson. The card/certificate will be accepted in English and other foreign languages.
The Indonesian government exempted the following international travelers from COVID-19 vaccination record card requirement:
Diplomatic and service/official visa holders who are with an official ministerial-to-presidential level delegation to Indonesia by upholding principles of reciprocity and implementing strict health protocols;
Foreign nationals entering Indonesia under the TCA by upholding principles of reciprocity and implementing strict health protocols;
Individuals under the age of 18 years old;
Some individuals may have medical reasons which prevent them from getting a COVID-19 vaccine. These individuals are advised to provide a memo from a public hospital in their respective country prior to check-in and upon arrival in Indonesia.
The following foreign nationals will get vaccinated in Indonesia provided that these individuals have not gotten a COVID-19 vaccine in their respective country:
Children aged 12 – 17 years old.
Diplomatic/service/official stay permit holders;
KITAS and KITAP holders.
The above foreign nationals will get their first COVID-19 shot at their quarantine hotel provided that their second COVID-19/PCR test results are negative.
Foreign nationals who are already in Indonesia prior to the implementation of the new Order of July 6, 2021, and wish to travel domestically, are required to be vaccinated (first shot) through the Indonesian government-initiated vaccination program (Sinopharm vaccination) in accordance with the laws and regulations that will be announced accordingly.
COVID-19 Vaccination Registration (updated)
The Government of Indonesia will require international travelers who have received COVID-19 vaccination overseas to register their COVID-19 vaccination here. The registration will allow you to dine-in or enter public premises and travel with public transport (inter or intra islands) in Indonesia.
The verification email will normally be sent out between 3 – 10 business days. Please expect delays as the central server in Jakarta, Indonesia has received a large volume of registration requests recently. All international travelers may still be able to enter Indonesia without the COVID-19 registration.
If you are an Indonesian citizen and have gotten the full COVID-19 vaccination overseas, the vaccination record will be verified by the Indonesian Ministry of Health. Please provide your NIK (Nomor Induk Kependudukan) upon registration.
If you are foreign citizen, you will have to input your Passport information to the website. The COVAX record will be verified by the respective embassy in Jakarta. Please consult with your respective Embassy for more information.
Upon receipt of the verification email, please download the "Peduli Lindungi" application on your Apple Store or Google Play. Upon logging-in, go to "Vaccine Certificate" and click "Claim Now". Follow the instructions to claim your vaccination certificate. The certificate will have a unique barcode in it. The barcode is required upon entry to public establishments or facilities in Indonesia.
Electronic Health Alert Certificate (e-HAC)
All international travelers are required to complete e-HAC before travel. Please download the "Peduli Lindungi" app in your Apple Store or Android Play to complete the e-HAC. You will get a unique barcode at the end of the process and will have to show it upon check-in and arrival.
If you are traveling with family, you are only required to create one account. For example, if a parent is travelling with his/her children, the parent is required to put his/her dependent information under his/her name.
Effective October 15, 2021, the Indonesian Government designated the following entry points for international travelers, namely Jakarta (Soekarno Hatta International Airport and Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport) and North Sulawesi (Samratulangi International Airport - Manado).
Effective on November 29, 2021, foreign nationals who have lived or transit in the following countries; Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are barred from entry to Indonesia.
Indonesian nationals who transit or have lived in the "Omicron variant" countries may be able to enter Indonesia with a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Other international travelers will have to undertake 10 days of quarantine effective immediately on December 2, 2021 until further notice.
Head of Foreign Missions and their families who are assigned in Indonesia are advised to undertake the quarantine at their respective residence in Indonesia. They are still required to take two PCR tests on the first and seventh day after their arrival in Indonesia on their own arrangement. Please be advised to consult with your Embassy/Consulate in Indonesia concerning the PCR test arrangement and the healthcare provider. Please email the PCR test results to the Directorate of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Foreign diplomats, who are not Heads of Foreign Missions, shall undertake the quarantine at designated facilities by the Indonesian Government at their own expense.
All international travelers are responsible for all expenses during the quarantine, including the COVID-19/PCR tests. Please see "COVID-19/PCR Tests during the Quarantine" below for more information.
COVID-19/PCR Tests during the Quarantine
Two PCR tests will be administered during the quarantine. The first test will be on the first day/arrival while the second will be taken one day prior to check-out. The healthcare provider will come to your hotel to collect the sample. Those will be at the traveler's expense. Please consult with the hotel marketing department for the test arrangements and fees.
If you are tested positive, you will be referred to designated Indonesian hospital/health facility conducted by the Indonesian Government at your own expense.
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Domestic (Inter and Intra Islands) Travel Protocols
Effective on July 3, 2021, all domestic travelers must follow the following protocols:
a) Domestic Travelers From and To Java and Bali Islands
All long-distance travelers to and from Java and Bali using all modes of transport are required to show the vaccination card report (first dose is acceptable) and a certificate of negative RT-PCR test or rapid antigen test.
Travelers using air transportation who fly between airports on the island of Java and Bali, including flights from or to Java and Bali are required to present vaccination record (first dose is acceptable) and negative RT-PCR test which was obtained within 48 hours and fill-up e-HAC (Electronic Health Alert Certificate) prior to travel.
b) Domestic Travelers Outside Java-to-and-from-Bali Corridor
All domestic travelers are required to present COVID-19 vaccination record (first dose is acceptable) and a negative RT-PCR test which is obtained within 48 hours prior departure or negative rapid antigen test 24-hour prior departure. All Travelers are also required to fill-up e-HAC (Electronic Health Alert Certificate) prior to travel.
c) Travelers (Drivers and Assistant Drivers) with Land Transportation Using Goods and Logistics Vehicles
All domestic travelers are required to present a negative RT-PCR test which is obtained within 48 hours prior departure or negative rapid antigen test 24-hour prior departure.
d) For routine travelers who are using land transport within urban agglomeration areas, they are not required to present vaccination cards and RT-PCR or rapid antigen test results.
e) All domestic travelers who choose to travel by air and sea are required to fill-up Indonesian e-HAC (Electronic Health Alert Certificate) prior to travel. However, all domestic travelers who choose to travel by land are encouraged to fill-up Indonesian e-HAC (Electronic Health Alert Certificate) prior to travel.
f) All travelers who are not vaccinated due to health conditions proven by a medical memo are required to present a negative RT-PCR test which is obtained within 48 hours prior departure or negative rapid antigen test 24-hour prior departure.
g) If the result of the RT-PCR/rapid antigen shows negative, while the travelers presents mild symptoms of COVID-19, they may not continue the trip.
Foreign Nationals Travel Protocol Intending to Leave Indonesia
For foreign nationals who have not gotten a COVID-19 shot and wish to leave Indonesia via a domestic connecting flight, they will be exempted from COVID-19 vaccination card requirement provided that they have a special transit clearance from the local Port Health Office/Authority. Having the clearance, all foreign travelers shall not leave the airport during transit.
To have the clearance, all foreign travelers shall provide valid passports and itinerary and present them to the port authorities upon check-in.
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