Temporary Entry Restriction into Indonesia during the Pandemic

Since the spread of Covid-19, every country and kingdom has many different restrictions and policies for its immigration entry. The government of the Republic of Indonesia has also done the same. The government issues Entry Restriction into Indonesia. Indonesia tightened its regulations to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Because of the discoveries of the new variant of the coronavirus(Dubbed VUI-202012/01), the government keeps adjusting the regulation.

Who is allowed to enter Indonesia?

According to the regulations that have issued, all foreigners who are allowed to enter Indonesia are:

  1. Foreigners who hold Diplomatic or Official visa for an official Ministerial Visit or higher;
  2. Foreigners who hold the Indonesian stay permit;
  3. The crew of means of transport;
  4. Foreigners that associated with essential work for national strategic projects.

Immigration Documents Needed to Enter Indonesia

The foreigners must have the following immigration documents before entering Indonesian territory:

  • Service visas;
  • Diplomatic visas;
  • One trip visit visas;
  • Limited stay visas (VITAS);
  • Service stay permits;
  • Diplomatic stay permits;
  • Temporary stay permits (ITAS); and
  • Permanent stay permits (ITAP).

What to do after arriving in Indonesia?

After arriving in Indonesia, every foreigner must:

  1. Present a negative PCR test result taken in the departure country within 48 hours before the departure time.
  2. Apply for the electronic Health Alert Card (eHAC);
  3. Retake the PCR test.
  4. Waiting for the result of the PCR test at the appointed hotel, or government facility that available only for Indonesian citizens.
    1. If the PCR test result is negative, the passenger shall undergo a 5-days quarantine at the appointed hotel or government facility that available only for Indonesian citizens.
    2. On the 5th day of the quarantine, the passenger shall retake a PCR test.
    3. If the second PCR result is negative, then the passenger can continue to travel within Indonesia.
    4. But, If the PCR result for the 1st and 2nd test is positive, the passenger will be referred to the hospital or the other medical facility.


  • The foreigners bear all the expenses for their PCR tests and quarantine.
  • The government bears all the expenses for the PCR Tests and quarantine for Indonesian citizen that stay at the government facility.
  • The prohibition will take effect from January 1 to January 14, 2021.

Additional restrictions in Indonesia

Here are some things you should not do while in Indonesia:

  1. Held an indoor wedding ceremony.
  2. Leave crowded places to minimize transmission of coronavirus.
  3. Leave the house if you don’t have to.
  4. Do not remove the mask even if you are alone in a private vehicle.
  5. Reduce interactions with strangers.
  6. Touch items that you won’t buy while shopping.
  7. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.
  8. Don’t make excessive jokes about the covid-19, because Indonesians can be very sensitive about it.

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