Coronavirus Killing Tourism Industry

Indonesia continues to see an increase in new COVID-19 cases, which is keeping the tourism industry on hold. As of August 10, 2020, the Indonesian Ministry of Health has confirmed 127,083 cases of COVID-19 in the country.

To help contain the virus, Indonesia has restricted foreign visitors from transiting and travelling, unless they have a valid visa or residence permit. Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry for all foreign travelers remains suspended. The Indonesian government has not indicated a timeline for when international visitors will be able to enter the country.

International commercial flight options remain available from Indonesia at reduced levels. The Travel Advisory for Indonesia is currently Level 4: Do Not Travel. 

The U.S. government, for example, strongly advises its citizens to return to the United States immediately.

The Indonesian government has instituted new policies including mandatory compliance of mask use and social distancing. While the government has lifted most restrictions regarding transit and daily activity, measures remain in place limiting large-scale gatherings and non-essential travel. 

Schools and large public gathering areas also remain closed, however public transit and access to essential services including grocery stores is widely available. Individuals utilizing public transit must comply with large-scale social distancing policies, which include the mandatory use of facemasks and maintaining appropriate physical separation. Individuals who do not comply with existing social distancing policies are subject to fines and other penalties.

Indonesia has implemented health screenings at airports and other ports of entry.

Those hoping to enter Indonesia must have proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

A negative COVID-19 test is required to board domestic flights. Both the PCR swab tests and rapid tests for COVID-19 are available at various hospitals and clinics throughout Indonesia. 

All foreign visitors arriving in Indonesia must:

  • Have a health certificate issued by health authorities from their home countries;
  • Undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities conducted by the Indonesian government or self-quarantine under supervision of the Indonesian health authority; and
  • If you cannot obtain a COVID test prior to traveling to Indonesia, the government will test you upon arrival at the airport. You must agree to be quarantined if you test positive.

Holders of Visa on Arrival can request an Emergency Stay Permit to extend their stays for an additional 30 days. The US Embassy Jakarta and the Consular Agency in Bali remain open for emergency American citizen services including passport renewals, emergency passports, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Routine services, including notary services, remain suspended.

The US Embassy Jakarta has suspended all nonimmigrant visa services until further notice. The Embassy has initiated limited processing for immigrant visas that meet certain criteria.

The Indonesian Ministry of Health has information regarding the potential for COVID-19 in Indonesia at www.kemkes.go.id/ 

Visit Indonesian Immigration https://www.imigrasi.go.id

Visit the Indonesian Embassy https://kemlu.go.id/washington/en for updated visa and entry requirements.

Indonesia Travel Guide

Indonesia is the fourth-largest nation in the world with more than 267 million people. The country is comprised of more than 17,500 islands, including Bali, Borneo, Java, Lombok, Sumatra and Sulawesi. Learn more about Indonesia.