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Indonesia remains closed to international tourists as of October 19. Local businesses are becoming desperate due to the government’s lack of strategies that may allow them to reopen to tourism.
A couple of weeks ago, the Head of Indonesian Travel Agent Association (Astindo), Elly Hutabarat, reportedly said that the country cannot afford to keep their international borders closed due to the looming economic devastation. He also urged the Ministers of Tourism and Creative Economic and Foreign Affairs to work on “travel bubbles” that would grant them a safe reopening to other countries.
Visitors holding KITAS (temporary stay) and KITAP (permanent stay) permits
Visitors holding diplomatic visa and working visa
Visitors holding diplomatic and business stay permits
Visitors working on medical and food assistance
Visitors serving as transportation (air, sea, or land) crew
Visitors working on national strategic projects
Visitors with mixed-nationalities to reunite with family.
Can I enter BALI during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes, you can enter Bali during COVID but you have to apply for an e-VISA. Local governments grant this visa for these purposes: Volunteering work, Humanitarian activities, Family reunion, Business, or Investment visit.
If you are a remote worker / digital nomad, you can apply for business e-visa. (More info here).
What are Indonesia’s entry requirements?
COVID-19 test – Do I need one? – Yes, you do. You must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (swab test) result. The test certificate must be written in English no older than 7 days before the day of arrival.
Health certificate issued by health authorities from your home country.
Quarantine – You must submit a personal statement informing of your willingness and readiness to undergo quarantine for up to 14 days at a government-approved facility.
Health Certificate – Both foreign and Indonesian nationals must fill out a Health Alert Certificate, and depending on your travel history you might be denied entry. Fill it out here.
Warning! – If you arrive without a negative COVID-19 test result, you will be required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test and quarantine, at your own expense, under the supervision of the Indonesian health authorities.
Are Americans allowed entry to Indonesia?
Only if they meet the criteria above.
Are international flights operating in Indonesia?
Yes, They are. International flights continue to operate from Jakarta including to transit points where U.S. citizens can return to the United States.
Keep in mind that the country has intercity or interstate restrictions. So, you will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for domestic flights as well.
As of OCT 19, Indonesia has 404,048 confirmed COVID cases and 13,701 registered deaths caused by the virus. The daily case rate is still really high but not growing anymore. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Indonesian government hasn’t released any official news on the reopening, therefore it’s still considered delayed until 2021.
As of October 8, President Joko Widodo issued a “Presidential Decree on the Provision of Vaccines and the implementation of vaccination in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.” This decree No. 99/2020 allows the government to arrange what it is needed for the provision, distribution, and vaccination process.
As of today, the country has reported 315,724 positive cases,11,580 deaths, and 244,060 recoveries. However, data shows the country is witnessing a steady increase in infections.
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Keep in touch for more updates about Indonesia’s reopening protocols. We’ll keep you posted!