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Indonesia Not Opening for Tourism until End of 2020

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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. 

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Keep reading to learn about what foreign nationals are currently allowed in the country and the requirements they need to follow to be granted entry.

So, who can travel to Indonesia at the moment? 

According to the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles, only people who meet the following criteria are allowed entry. 

  • 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.

Am I allowed to visit Bali from Indonesia?

Only if you are a resident of Indonesia or meet the criteria above. Unfortunately, Bali will remain closed to international tourism until 2021. Read the latest updated about Bali reopening here: BALI Reopening Borders to Tourists – [LATEST UPDATES]

How is the COVID-19 situation in Indonesia?

Update OCT 29:

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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