As in the rest of the world, the coronavirus in Indonesia is also significantly affecting the country’s tourism. In this article, we summarize the COVID situation in Indonesia today (23 July 2021) and answer frequently asked questions from travelers.
The latest update is based on the new government regulations due to the increase in cases in the last month following the new Delta variant of the Coronavirus, putting on pause all intentions to open borders for tourism and temporarily closing all tourist areas of the country.
The most important thing is that all foreigners have been banned from entering Indonesia including those with visas type C-B211, etc., simply only allowing those who have resident cards such as KITAS, KITAP, and official and diplomatic visas to enter.
Due to the increase in Covid cases in the last month in Indonesia (especially on the island of Java) and his intention to combat and control the situation, the President announced the implementation of restrictive emergency measures, locally known as PPKM in the islands of Java and Bali during the period from 03 to 26 July.
The 14 most important points in these restrictions are:
1. Working 100% from home for non-essential sectors.
2. All teaching and learning activities are carried out online.
3. For essential sectors, a maximum of 50% of the staff can working directly in the office and always with health protocols, while the rest from home. And for critical sectors, they are allowed to work from office 100% health protocols.
a. The essential sectors include financials, banks, capital markets, payment systems, information and communications technology, non-COVID-19 quarantine management hotels, and export-oriented industries.
b. The coverage of critical sectors is energy, health, security, logistics and transportation, food, beverages and support industries, petrochemicals, cement, national vital objects, disaster management, national strategic projects, construction, basic services (such as electricity and water), and community daily needs industries.
c. For supermarkets, traditional markets, supply stores and supermarkets selling basic necessities, hours of operation are limited to 21.00 local time with a visitor capacity of 50%; Pharmacies and drugstores can be fully open 24 hours a day.
4. Shopping malls must be closed.
5. Food stalls, restaurants, cafes, street vendors, street stalls both in separate places and in those located in shopping malls/malls only accept takeout and do not accept in-dining.
6. Construction activities (construction sites and project sites) will operate at 100% by implementing stricter health protocols;
7. Places of worship (mosques, prayer halls, churches, temples, temples and pagodas, as well as other public places that function as places of worship) are temporarily closed.
8. Public facilities (public areas, public parks, public tourist attractions and other public areas) are temporarily closed;
9. Artistic/cultural, sporting and social activities (places of art, culture, sports facilities and social activities that can cause crowds and crowds) are temporarily closed;
10. Public transportation (public vehicles, mass transit, conventional and online taxis, and rental vehicles) is applied with a maximum capacity of 70% by implementing stricter health protocols;
11. The wedding reception will be attended by a maximum of 30 people by implementing stricter health protocols and not eating at the reception place; meals are only allowed in boxes for take home and not to consume at the reception.
12. Domestic passengers using long-distance modes of transport (aircraft, bus and train) must show proof of vaccination (at least first dose) and negative test result using RT-PCR taken 48 hours before departure for aircraft and antigen test result taken 24 hours before departure for other modes of long-distance transport.
13. Masks are used when performing activities outside home. It is not allowed to wear a face shield without the use of a mask.
14. The implementation of these PPKM restrictions reach all minor areas (villages and towns) that are in the red zones.
These policies will be applied throughout Java and Bali, but from time to time, many other cities in Indonesia follow to apply the new movement restrictions to control the increase in infected.
Indonesia has recorded a total of 3,033,339 coronavirus infections since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 2,392,923 have recovered and 79,032 people have died.
There are currently some 561,384 active cases of Coronavirus in Indonesia. Most active cases are found in Central Java, Java West and Jakarta.
As of today, there are 8,625 confirmed positive cases on the island of Bali. Areas where there is a higher percentage of people vaccinated, such as Ubud, Sanur and Nusa Dua, have far fewer cases of coronavirus than other areas of Bali.
Bali, because of its dependence on tourism and the importance of a speedy recovery, is the province of Indonesia where more people are being vaccinated. It is mandatory to wear a mask whenever you are away from home. They are also constantly measuring temperature or asking you to use antiseptic gel to get into shops, restaurants, offices, etc.
At this time, a new regulation has come out, where officials and non-essential offices have all workers working from their homes, a new curfew has also begun, where restaurants are not allowed to be open beyond 9 pm and it is not allowed to eat in the restaurant. The shopping centers must remain closed until July 26.
At this time, there is still no official date for Indonesia’s opening to tourism. The latest news in this regard, coming from the President and the Minister of Tourism at a recent press conference, pointed out that in July it was planned to start with the first tests of opening up international tourism for a few countries.
However following the spikes in positive coronavirus cases in Indonesia, the minister seems to have backtracked and has begun to use the expression of “third quarter of the year” (July – August – September) for the possible opening of borders to tourism, provided that coronavirus cases stabilize in Indonesia and there are no significant spikes in positive cases. Which seems unlikely already in the coming months.
The information is in process, not yet 100% official, they are still reconfirming details, but this is the last thing the government has told us:
Initially, according to government plans, tourists will only be allowed to travel to the islands of Bali, Bintan* and Batan*. Only a few countries will be processed for the new tourist visa, having to make a mandatory quarantine of between 2 to 5 days on arrival in Indonesia. (It is not yet known with certainty which countries will be on that list or the exact days of quarantine).
*Bintan and Batan are two islands that belong to Indonesia and are south of Singapore. Many Singaporeans used to visit them on weekends as they are only a short boat distance away.
The process will be as follows:
Process the tourist e-visa online. For this, it must be sponsored and made by a hotel or a local tour operator in Indonesia. The cost of tourist e-visa is 50 USD +200,000 IDR (Indonesian Rupiah). In addition, it will be mandatory to purchase travel insurance in Indonesia provided by the government of Indonesia that will last for 30 days, at a cost of 80 USD. It will also be necessary to book the full stay in Indonesia in hotels that have the Covid Protocol Certificate (CHSE).
2. Prepare negative result by PCR test which is valid for 72 hours.
3. Flight to Indonesia: arrival and immigration process, temperature control, PCR validation, travel insurance control.
4. Installing “Supper Apps” app on mobile phone.
5. PCR test on arrival (this PCR can also be done in certain hotels.)
6. Baggage claim.
7. Special transit zones where vaccinated persons shall be separated from unvaccinated persons:
7.1 Vaccinated persons: Transfer to the hotel awaiting the results of the PCR test (between 3 – 10 hours.) If the result is negative, you will be free to continue with all the activities and routes previously contracted with your travel agency.
7.2 Un-vaccinated persons: Transfer to the hotel, where you must stay for 5 full days without being able to leave the facilities, on the fifth day, a new test will be done to confirm that it is negative, and then you will be free to continue with all the activities and routes previously contracted with your travel agency.
Un-vaccinated persons must reserve their hotels for quarantine in one of the 3 “Green Zones” (Nusa Dua – Ubud – Sanur).
Hotels and tourist areas must have the health certificate (CHSE), 100% of the workers vaccinated and perform a maximum capacity control of the place.
They are Covid-free zones or with very few cases, in addition to having more than 70% of the population vaccinated and 100% of hotel workers vaccinated.
Initially, there are 3 categories depending on the control and management that these countries have over the pandemic:
Good control of the pandemic: For nationals and residents of these countries, vaccinated and unvaccinated people would be accepted. (For example: New Zealand, Australia, etc.)
Normal control of the pandemic: For nationals and residents of these countries, only vaccinated visitors would be accepted (For example: Singapore, Netherlands, etc.)
Poor control of the pandemic: All those who have been in these countries in the last 15 days prior to the flight to Indonesia will be banned from entering Indonesia. For example: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.
Through a mobile phone app they impose you to install on your phone upon arrival in Indonesia.
At this very moment, it is still unclear when international visitors will be able to re-enter Indonesia as tourists. It will depend largely on the results of the first tourist entry tests to be carried out with certain countries. But everything points to being vaccinated and having travel insurance that covers problems due to COVID, will be mandatory to be able to enter Indonesia.
The new tourist visa will be electronic (e-visa). In order to apply, it will be necessary to have a local sponsor, either the hotel or the tour operator. So, when the time comes, we could sponsor your visa.
No, to obtain the tourist visa, it will be necessary to make a prior application and that this is approved by the immigration department before arriving in Indonesia. We do not yet know how far in advance the request will have to be made.
The price of the visa will be 50 USD + 200,000 IDR but they will apply for another set of requirements; such as that you have a certified travel insurance, which costs 80 USD.
Until July 21 you could manage a visa, but a new law has come out which is similar to the one that came out last December. Now the government is prohibiting entry to all foreigners, which makes entry to the country exclusively to those who have residence cards of KITAS, KITAP, diplomatic or official passports, or those who come to official projects to help the government. So all those who currently have a type B211 visa will have to wait until they allow entry to that type of visa again.
If you are interested, we can help you with the management of the B211 visa in the future. Contact us via email or social networks.
You must bear in mind that to enter Indonesia, you will also have to be fully vaccinated (all doses) against COVID more than 14 days before the departure of the flight to Indonesia.
As of today, all people who want to enter Indonesia are required to do 8 days/7 nights of quarantine in Jakarta. A negative PCR certificate (in English) is required in order to fly to Indonesia. Upon your arrival in Indonesia, you will have to do another PCR test before starting the quarantine and a final test on the 7th day of your entry into the country, before the end of the quarantine. Of course, all of them must be negative.
⚠️ All those who have passed through India before their arrival in Indonesia, (if they are lucky enough to be granted a visa to fly to Indonesia), are required to do 15 days of quarantine in Jakarta.
In this link you can see a list of recommended hotels for quarantine in Jakarta.
For quarantine in Bali, many hotels are still being prepared for it. I’ll write as soon as I have a good link to a list of hotels in Bali.
You can pre-book your stay in a hotel (list of quarantine hotels approved by the government), but you must book a quarantine package directly with the establishment and not through an application. If you have managed to book in advance, print the confirmation and take it with you at all times.
All persons arriving in Indonesia (foreigners and Indonesians) must perform a mandatory quarantine for 8 full days + 2 additional PCR tests (one on arrival and one after 7 days of quarantine).
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be instructed to get on a bus to transfer to the designated hotel. Some passengers have been able to book their hotel and private airport pickup in advance. Sometimes, some passengers are able to choose the hotel at the same airport, others, however, have not been given the option to choose the hotel.
Foreigners must pay the full hotel expenses + two additional PCR tests (the price ranges between 8 and 15 million IDR per person, depending on the hotel).
PCR tests cost about 800,000 IDR per test and two tests are required per person. Children and infants should also undergo PCR testing.
The general rule is one person per room, although married couples can share a room (travel with a copy of the marriage certificate).
Families with a child (parent-child) can share a room in some of the hotels.
Families with more than one child will get an extra room or will need to book some larger apartments.
Hotels and corridors are controlled by CCTV and security personnel. It is not allowed to leave the room during the 5 days of quarantine.
Food (3 times a day) is included in the room rate and will be brought to your room every day. Some hotels provide food delivery services such as Go-Food.
Usually, the hotel cleaning service will not clean the room during the 5 days that the quarantine lasts, but they will leave at the door of the room, the hygiene utensils that are necessary: towels, gel, etc.
Transportation to/from the hotel/airport is included in the package price.
Once the last PCR test is performed on the 7th day of the quarantine, and provided that it is negative, you will receive a signed and sealed letter indicating that you have successfully passed the quarantine and you can leave the hotel freely.
It is recommended to perform a voluntary quarantine for 14 days at your final destination.
If the last test comes back positive, they will take you to another special hotel where people infected with Coronavirus are. Here, you will be isolated in a room until you test negative in one of the PCR tests that will be carried out in the following days. All extra expenses will be borne by the traveler (meals, accommodation and PCR test).
*Since these regulations may change from one day to the next, it is recommended to always check with the airline at the time of purchase of the ticket and again a couple of days before the flight.
|Negative result of the Covid-19 test (Validity mentioned is from the moment of taking)|
|From/To||RT-PCR TEST||ANTIGEN TEST||GENOSE 19||Additional requirements|
|Departures from Jakarta to all domestic airports EXCEPT: Denpasar, Bandung, Palangkaraya, Pontianak, Papua Barat, Kupang, Merauke)||48 hours||Not acceptable||Not acceptable||– Install the e-HAC app|
– Vaccination card
|Flights to Bali from any airport||72 hours||Not acceptable||Not acceptable||– Install the e-HAC app|
– The test must have a QR code from the laboratory that perform it
– Vaccination card
|Departures to Jakarta from Bali or Lombok||48 hours||Not acceptable||Not acceptable||– Install the e-HAC app|
– Vaccination card
*Passengers who are not vaccinated, even those under 18 years of age will not be able to fly during the restriction period (20-25 July.)
*You cannot fly the same day that you have been vaccinated
*Foreigners who travel to Jakarta as an International flight transit are not required for vaccination, as long as the transit is less than 24 hours.
*All those who have had COVID19 in the last 3 months, can carry the negative Covid certificate, as proof of not being vaccinated due to that cause.
The Government of Indonesia has been implementing a large-scale vaccination plan among the population for months. They are being carried out an average of 900,000 vaccines a day, having already vaccinated 43,471,431 people with the first dose and about 17,012,830 with the second dose.
At present, only locals or foreigners with residence permits can be vaccinated in Indonesia. But in Bali, especially in the Green Zone areas, they are also vaccinating foreigners with other types of visas.
Also on July 14, the news came out that of all foreigners, regardless of what visa they have, if they want to leave the country and get vaccinated, they can do so at the DPRD offices in the province of Bali. Although bear in mind that now for all foreigners who take a domestic flight to link with the international flight, they will be allowed to fly without being vaccinated.
Vaccine tourism is also being prepared, where stay packages will be made to come to get vaccinated in Indonesia, the vaccines that will be offered will be Sinovac, Astra Zeneca and Pfizer that will arrive in Bali at the end of August.
Here are some places where you can get vaccinated in Bali:
Rumah Sakit Bali Mandara and Bali Royal Hospital (BROS) (You need to download the Speed Id application and register to make an appointment)
Sanglah Hospital (Registration at this link: http://188.8.131.52:9024/registrasivaksin/)
Udayana Hospital (Registration at this link: https://registrasi-rs.unud.ac.id/reservasi-vaksin-covid-umum)
In Lombok: the Rumah Sakit Propinsi Mataram is also vaccinating foreigners.
At the moment in Indonesia, Moderna is available but only for medical services, in the near future it will also be for the general public. Pfizer is scheduled to arrive in Indonesia in August.
With the corresponding visa (KITAS/KITAP) it is possible, children under 12 years of age are exempt from showing the Covid vaccination card. However personally, quarantine can be good one but in the worst case, if a test is positive in Indonesia (on arrival or on day 7 of quarantine) it will cause the child to be taken to other facilities for positive people, an experience that I would not want for my children.
At this time, in order to enter Indonesia, foreigners must be fully vaccinated, the date of the last vaccination being more than 14 days from when they were given it until the day they fly to Indonesia. For nationals who are not vaccinated, they will be forced to be vaccinated upon arrival in the country.
The government of Indonesia is implementing a plan in which certifies, by means of a seal called “CHSE”, hotels and other companies in the tourism sector that meet a series of requirements in terms of cleanliness, health, safety and environmental sustainability. This plan aims to educate all tourism workers under the same protocols of action, to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in Indonesia.
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