Traveling to Indonesia – COVID-19 Updates
For many people, easily one of the most frustrating consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic has been the massive restrictions to travel that have occurred as a result of assorted lockdown procedures.
If you have been hoping to travel to Indonesia, in particular, it’s probably been a bit of a rollercoaster trying to figure out exactly where things stand, and what the state of the nation’s border policy is at present.
Here’s a quick rundown:
As of 2020, Indonesia has been in the process of gradually reopening to international travel – but these plans were somewhat thwarted in August, as it was declared that plans to reopen Bali were suspended indefinitely.
As of January 2021, the situation further became complicated by a spike in COVID cases, with the country topping more than 1 million cases of the virus at that time – and with that number now being somewhere above 1.8 million. As a result of this, Indonesia put policies in place to restrict foreigners from travelling to the country, or travelling through Indonesian territory, unless they are in possession of a valid residence permit. This situation is set to last until further notice.
While the country is not receiving international visitors, the Indonesian government has nonetheless allowed for airlines to return to some degree of normalcy by conducting domestic flights – although these are subject to certain restrictions.
While international travel is still broadly banned, there are certain limited exceptions where individuals are allowed to enter the country.
As per the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia, foreign visitors must be in possession of a pre-existing valid visa, or a residence permit if they wish to enter the country. Entry into the country on a visa-free, or visa-on-arrival basis remains shut down for all foreign visitors, US citizens included.
In addition to restrictions on entry, all visitors to the country are also required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within a period of 72 hours of travel. They are additionally required to submit to a health screening on arrival into the country, which will include further testing and a period of five days mandatory quarantine in a government-designated hotel.
A third test will then be required following the quarantine period. In order for the visitor to be released from quarantine, they will need a negative result on this test.
As of April 23, 2021, the Indonesian government has placed a ban on entry to travelers who have visited India in the past 14 days, due to the developing virus situation in that country.
On the U.S. side of things; as of January 26 2021, everyone aged two and older who wishes to enter the US from Indonesia, is required to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within a period of 72 hours of their departure date. If this cannot be provided, they will not be allowed to board their flights. Well documented proof from a licensed health care provider, confirming recovery from the virus within a period of 90 days, will also be accepted for this purpose.
Currently, the travel advisory from the US State Department for Indonesia is Level 4: Do Not Travel. The CDC’s advisory, likewise, is Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19.
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