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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 16 March 2020
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade strongly advises against any non–essential travel to the region until further notice.
A growing number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are still being confirmed in Indonesia.
If you are in Indonesia, you should monitor developments regularly. The Indonesian authorities have launched an emergency hotline number (021-5210411 or 119, ext 9). Please visit the Indonesian Government’s official COVID19 website for further details.
There are some restrictions on domestic air routes within Indonesia and you should check with your airline for requirements to travel. . Long distance travel by bus, ferry or rail is also affected. International air travel from Indonesia is currently possible via a number of commercial carriers. Our advice remains that non-residents should seek to return home at this time.
From Thursday, 2 April (at 00.00) Indonesia has barred the entry and transit of foreign travellers except in very limited circumstances, including KITAS/KITAP holders. Please note that those exempt from the ban must be in possession of a health certificate in English confirming a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 7 days of arriving. For the most up to date information on travel restrictions to and from Indonesia, please consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia .
As and from 13 July, the Indonesian authorities will introduce new procedures and regulations for all holders of visas and stay permits. Please consult https://www.imigrasi.go.id/ for full details as you may now have to take action to regularise your immigration status. If you have any queries, you may contact us at email@example.com. Our advice remains that non-residents should seek to return home at this time.
If you do choose to remain in Indonesia, we ask that you ensure that you have adequate means to support yourself until such time as travel restrictions ease.
We would underline that health and medical care standards in Indonesia can be poor and some medical tests cannot be done reliably. If you become ill or have an accident, it may be difficult to secure adequate treatment, particularly in remote areas. You should be aware that medevac options are currently limited.
Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
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There is a heightened risk of terrorist attack at this time. Irish citizens are reminded to remain vigilant, follow local advice and take extra care when visiting places frequented by large numbers of foreigners.
A number of political demonstrations have recently taken place in Jakarta with the possibility of further demonstrations taking place over the coming months. As always, Irish citizens should keep away from street protests and political demonstrations, and follow the advice of local authorities.
Owing to heightened political tension in Papua and West Papua, we continue to advise Irish citizens to exercise caution if travelling to the regions. Please follow the advice of local authorities and avoid demonstrations and protests that are taking place.
Visitors are also asked to be particularly vigilant in Aceh, Central Sulawesi Province (especially Palu, Poso and Tentena), and Maluku Province (especially Ambon), due to potential for violence or violent conflict.
In recent times, earthquakes and tsunamis have caused significant damage to parts of Lombok, Central Sulawesi and the Sunda Strait (between Java and Sumatra). At this time we still advise against all but essential travel to Central Sulawesi. If you need to travel to the affected areas, you should exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. The Gili Islands and the resort of Senggigi are once again operating as normal but citizens visiting these areas should remain vigilant of hazards and damaged structures.
There is a heightened risk of terrorist attack at this time. Irish citizens are reminded to remain vigilant, follow local advice and take extra care when visiting places frequented by large number of foreigners.
Volcanic activity throughout Indonesia frequently affects flight schedules and the operation of regional airports, including Lombok and Bali International Airports. Please heed the advice and guidance of local authorities, adhere to exclusion zones around volcanos, and maintain contact with your airlines and tour operators before travelling.
Visitors are also asked to be particularly vigilant in Aceh, Central Sulawesi Province (especially Palu, Poso and Tentena), Maluku Province (especially Ambon), Papua and West Papua Province due to potential for violence or violent conflict. Please also be aware of exclusion zones currently in place around active volcanoes which include Mount Agung (Bali) and Mount Sinabung (Sumatra).
There is currently an outbreak of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in the region. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
Our tips for safe travels
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
While the overall political situation is stable, recent demonstrations in central Jakarta resulted in violent clashes between protesters and the police. Moreover, developments elsewhere, including the Middle East, can resonate in Indonesia with similar effect.
You should avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people. If you become aware of any nearby violence you should leave the area immediately. Keep yourself informed of developments, including by monitoring the local media, and maintain a high level of vigilance.
You should be particularly vigilant during holiday periods such as Easter, Christmas, Nyepi (Balinese New Year), and Independence Day (17 August), which can bring periods of heightened tension in Indonesia.
There is a high threat of terrorism in Indonesia. Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks at any time and anywhere in the country. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places where large groups of people gather or which are known to be frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers: beach resorts, bars and restaurants, hotels and shopping malls hosting major international brand outlets, tourist attractions, places of worship, ferry terminals and airports. Attacks may also target Indonesian Government and law enforcement interests.
You should always take sensible precautions while you’re in Indonesia:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Make sure that you are comfortable with, and regularly review, your security arrangements.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Indonesia, report it to the local police immediately. If you need consular assistance, please contact us at the Irish Embassy in Indonesia.
Lost or stolen passports
If your passport is lost or stolen, report this to the Police immediately and obtain a Police Report. Irish Citizens should be aware that if this occurs, it will delay your travel plans considerably, and incur cost. Along with the time taken to arrange a new travel document, you will subsequently need to get a replacement visa and an exit visa from immigration and this can take at least three working days and may delay your onward travel plans considerably. Please be aware that the Irish Embassy is located in Jakarta.
Caution should be exercised if driving in Indonesia, as roads are congested, and drivers often undisciplined. Bring your full Irish and international driving license, and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
A number of local and tourist deaths in Indonesia have been linked to the consumption of locally-brewed alcohol and rice wine, or 'arak', which has been contaminated with methanol. We advise all travellers, especially in Bali, Lombok and Gili Islands, not to consume this drink.
Commercial aviation services are expanding rapidly in Indonesia. Airlines operating in Indonesia – have now met EU safety standards . Aviation infrastructure in Indonesia is sometimes overstretched, and the difficult terrain and climatic conditions also contribute to a heightened risk. There have been a number of serious incidents recently. Travellers should be aware of these risks, and are advised to take care in choosing airlines, flights and routes.
You should take extra care, particularly when travelling by boat between islands. There have been a number of reports of boats capsizing due to stormy weather. Furthermore, many beaches on the south coast of Java are unsuitable for swimming.
We strongly recommend you do not drink local tap water. Drink or use boiled or bottled water only while visiting Indonesia.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.
While homosexual activity is not criminalised by the national government, there is very little tolerance for it. Provincial governments in some parts of the country, such as Aceh (Northern Sumatra), have enacted prohibitions, and punishment, in this regard. Caution and discretion are advised at all times for LGBT visitors.
Possession, trafficking and manufacture of such drugs are serious offences in Indonesia. Those caught face lengthy prison sentences or the death penalty, usually after a protracted and expensive legal process.
Police often raid locations (particularly in Bali) known to be frequented by foreigners, and may require an individual to take a urine or blood test where they have reasonable suspicion that drugs have been taken. Drug use or the possession of even small amounts of drugs such as marijuana or ecstasy can lead to prison sentences upwards of four years. Convicted traffickers or users of hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin face the death penalty in Indonesia.
You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas. Sharia law is enforced in Aceh (Northern Sumatra) and may exist unofficially or through local legislation in other areas.
You should be aware of offending Islamic sensitivities. Westerners have occasionally been harassed by fundamentalists in bars and nightclubs, particularly around major Islamic holidays such as Ramadan.
You must show evidence of your identity if it is requested by, for example, the police. You should carry photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport to avoid losing the original, which should be kept in a safe place.
Gambling is illegal in Indonesia.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural disasters and climate
Indonesia sits along a volatile seismic strip called the ‘Ring of Fire’ in the Pacific Ocean. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur regularly, which can, where the severity and conditions of the quake combine, present a potential threat of tsunamis within the region. The capacity of the Indonesian emergency and rescue services, and local authorities, to deal with large natural disasters is limited.
It’s understood that 90% of the world's earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire which is a direct consequence of plate tectonics and the movement of collisions of crustal plates. If you’re travelling to or living in Indonesia, make sure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake.
There are numerous volcanoes in Indonesia, any of which can erupt without warning. You should exercise caution, check news reports and follow local advice before travelling to volcanic areas.
Flash floods and more widespread flooding occur regularly. Cities, especially Jakarta, are frequently subject to severe localised flooding which can result in major disruption, and occasional fatalities.
Air quality in Jakarta and other major cities is notoriously poor due mainly to the exorbitant amount of road traffic present. More generally within Indonesia, air quality can be compromised seasonally on account of smoke haze. This improves with the onset of the monsoon season. At present, air pollution is worse than usual for this time of year in a number of states due to land and forest fires and the persistent hot, dry weather. You should monitor information on air quality regularly and follow local advice.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
At present only Irish citizens in the below categories may enter Indonesia.
- Holder of a valid KITAS/KITAP.
- Holder of expired KITAS/KITAP residing overseas
- Holder of KITAP with expired MREP residing overseas
- Holder of diplomatic and official visa
- Holder of diplomatic and official stay permits
- Workers and staffs engaged in healthcare, food supplies, and humanitarian work.
- Crew members
- Workers at National Strategic Projects
If you are unsure of the entry/exit requirements for Indonesia, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia
Make sure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months after the conclusion of any trip to Indonesia and other countries within South East Asia. It is also advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you while travelling.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to confirm what, if any, medical vaccinations you require. Please note that local law requires that citizens who are bringing medication into the country must also provide a doctor’s letter confirming the prescription and outlining the necessity of the medication, as well as the original prescription itself. All medication being brought in must be in its original packaging and cover the duration of the stay only.
Should you require medical attention, please be aware that health and medical care standards in Indonesia can be poor and some medical tests cannot be done reliably. Good medical treatment can be very expensive. In remote areas, high quality services for serious injury or illness are unlikely to be available. Please ensure you have adequate medical insurance before departure to cover any costs you may incur.
If you are in need of emergency assistance in Indonesia outside office hours, please contact the Embassy at +62 21 280 94300 and leave a message on the answering machine.
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Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Contact our Embassy in Indonesia for assistance