Indonesia’s new regulation

Unfortunately, unlike the previous year, this year is going to be a little different. As the number of cases of Covid-19 keeps on increasing, the health protocols given by the government are getting stricter than ever. The rules are obviously for us all to participate in tackling the transmission of Covid-19.

If you plan to visit Indonesia during this time of Pandemic, you will need to know the regulations regarding the Covid-19 in Indonesia.

According to the Cabinet Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesia’s website, it mentioned three essential rules that travelers need to follow:

First, you are required to follow the health protocols. You must always wear a mask, maintaining a safe distance, and continuously use hand sanitizer/wash hands with soap.

Second, when wearing a mask, you must properly cover your nose and mouth.

Third, domestic travelers must follow several conditions:

  • If you are traveling by private or public vehicles, you are responsible for your health. You must obey the applicable terms and conditions.
  • For trips to the resort island such as Bali using an airplane, you are required to show proof of a negative result from the RT-PCR test no later than 7 x 24 hours before departure.
  • For a flight less than 2 hours, you may not be allowed to eat or drink unless you need to take medicines.
  • You must fill out Indonesia’s Electronic Health Alert Card (e-HAC)
  • If you are traveling by land or sea transportation, both private or public, you are still required to show a negative result using the antigen-rapid test no later than 3 x 24 hours before departure as well as filling in the e-HAC
  • For a trip to or from Bali, you are required to use only a rapid antigen test or PCR.

As for right now, the Indonesian government is focusing more on allowing domestic tourists to travel freely within the country. While at the same time controlling the spread of the Covid-19.

Unfortunately, according to Indonesia’s current regulation, not all foreigners can enter the country at this moment. There are, however, an exception given for some foreigners who are the holder of B211 visas such as:

– Holders of Temporary Residence Permits (ITAS) and Permanent Residence Permits (ITAP)

–  Minister or ministerial levels with Diplomatic Visa and Official Visa for diplomatic visits.

– Holders of Diplomatic Residence Permits and Official Residence Permits.

– Foreigners who are given official permission to volunteer for medical support or other humanitarian reason.

– Conveyance crew

If you are one of the them, then these will be the additional requirements you will need to follow before entering Indonesia:

  • You must show your certificate of health written in English
  • You must show a statement letter from Indonesian Republic to do 14 days of quarantine
  • You must be willing to be quarantined for 14 days
  • You must to go through an interview and do check-ups such as: Swab or Antigen test, temperature test, etc…
  • You must show the Health Alert Card that you will have to fill in while in the airplane.
  • You must always wear your mask.

Additionally, having insurance ready in your hand will be essential. Insurance such as travel insurance will help to prevent any unexpected incidents while you are away from your home country, especially during this time of uncertainty.

As the regulation in Indonesia frequently changing, traveling with only a B211 Visa will be tough. There is no certainty on when everything will go back to normal in Indonesia.

For this reason, you have to make sure to regularly check the updated regulations and safety protocols that you must follow for a smoother trip.

As for now Indonesia is closing its borders for international travelers from 1st until the 14th of January 2021.

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