Indonesia’s New Restriction on Covid-19

Indonesia PPKM

Due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia, the Indonesian government has taken an even more strict measure to the country regulation known as Pemberlakuan Pembatasan Kegiatan Masyarakat (PPKM) or an emergency public activity restriction that has been enforced from 3rd to the end of July 2021. This PPKM will be enforced in the area of Java and Bali. Note that the PPKM restriction date may continue to change due to the uncertain results of the Covid-19 virus in Indonesia.

If you are planning to visit these two areas or are currently in living the area, here are the main regulations that you will need to know:

Places such as Supermarkets, traditional markets, grocery stores, and mini markets or pasar swalayan that sell daily necessities, are only able to operate until 20:00 local time, with a maximum visitor capacity of 50 percent. Pharmacies and drug stores can operate for 24 hours

Activities in shopping centers/malls/trade centers are temporarily closed.

Activities in public places (food stalls, restaurants, cafes, street vendors, hawker stalls). Shopping centers/malls are only able to accept delivery or take away and cannot accept dining-in orders.

Places of worship such as mosques, prayer rooms, churches, temples, monasteries, and pagodas, as well as other public places of worship are temporarily closed

Public facilities (public areas, public parks, public tourist attractions, and other public areas) are temporarily closed.

Cultural arts, sports, and social activities (locations of arts, culture, sports facilities, and social activities that can cause crowds) are temporarily closed.

 Public transportation (public transportation, mass transportation, conventional and online taxis, and rental vehicles is enforced with a maximum capacity of 70 percent by implementing stricter health protocols.

Wedding receptions can be attended by a maximum of 30 people by implementing stricter health protocols. Eating is not allowed at the reception venue. Food can still be provided in closed containers to take home.

Restriction On Domestic Travel And Transportation

Domestic travelers who use long-distance transportation (airplanes, buses, and trains) must present a vaccine card (presenting at least 1st vaccine dose).

Those traveling by air transportation must present a PCR test result no later than 2 x 24 hours before departure. Antigen tests are not acceptable.

Masks must still be worn when carrying out activities outside. Using a face shield without wearing a mask is not permitted.

Travelers are required to fill out Indonesia’s e-HAC on air, sea, and ferry trips

To strengthen 3T (testing, tracing, and treatment) measures, the Government will also conduct random COVID-19 tests at transportation nodes in agglomeration areas, including terminals and train stations.

Addition for International travel restriction to Indonesia:

The restriction above will also apply to foreign visitors

All passengers must present an official negative PCR Swab test result before departure. The test result must show an official barcode/ QR code to prove the tests’ authenticity to be able to visit Bali.

With effect from 23rd April, you will not be granted a visa if you have been in India in the 14 days before arriving in Indonesia.

Failure to present health, PCR, and vaccine certificate may prevent you from boarding your plane to go back to your home country from Indonesia, or denied entry or transit in Indonesia.

Why is it vital to have health insurance during the COVID pandemic?

During this uncertain situation, we are all at risk of getting infected by the coronavirus. Especially if those who have other medical issues, which will more likely develop a serious illness. Therefore, insurance is essential for those who live far away from home.

When choosing the best insurance plan, you will have to know the options available. For instance, if you have an inpatient plan only, the hospitalization due to covid will be covered. However, if you have the inpatient and outpatient plan, consultation and testing for Covid-19 when medically necessary, will be covered by your insurance. However, PCR test taken for travel purposes are not covered by the insurer, as it is a governmental regulation issue and is not a medical issue. Additionally, you also need to keep in mind that there is no traveling insurance or expatriate insurance that will cover the expenses of the quarantine imposed by a government.

In the case of covid-19, during this hard time in Indonesia, no hospital will accept any foreigner without a pre-payment of the cost of hospitalization. The deposit has also increased, the medical provider might ask 50 million rupiahs in some hospitals now for deposit instead of 10 million, which used to be the usual price.

Our Aexpat team is always there to help with consultation and guide you to choose the perfect insurance plan for you. Hence again, make sure that you are aware of the new restriction and always follow the health protocols given by the country that you are planning to visit. For more information, you can contact us at or follow our Instagram @aexpat for updates. Don’t forget to stay safe and healthy!

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