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Indonesia

If you’re travelling to Indonesia, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

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  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Natural Disasters and Climate
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

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Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel

Latest Travel Alert

Anyone considering travel should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should undertake proper research and carefully consider the necessity of their travel at this time. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage before travel.

If considering travelling abroad, you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. Information about entry restrictions applied by other countries is available below. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.

The Department of Foreign Affairs advises against any non–essential travel to Indonesia until further notice.

West Papua

Due to heightened political tension in Papua and West Papua, we continue to advise Irish citizens to exercise caution if travelling to these regions. Please follow the advice of local authorities and avoid demonstrations and protests that are taking place.

Aceh, Central Sulawesi and Maluku

Irish citizens are also asked to be particularly vigilant in Aceh, Central Sulawesi Province (especially Palu, Poso and Tentena), and Maluku Province, due to potential for violence or violent conflict.

Travel to Indonesia

Cases of COVID-19 are still being confirmed in Indonesia.

If you are in Indonesia, you should monitor developments regularly, follow public health advice, and respect local restrictions where these are in place. Please visit the Indonesian Government’s official COVID19 website for further details (right click on the website homepage for the option to translate to English). 

Temporary entry restrictions into Indonesia, prohibiting entry by non-Indonesians, are in place until further notice. There are some exemptions to the ban and the following categories of people may be permitted entry:

  • Holders of diplomatic and official permits/visas.
  • Holders of an Indonesian Temporary Residence Card (KITAS) or an Indonesia Permanent Residence Card (KITAP).
  • Foreign nationals due to special discretion with written permission from relevant government authorities.
  • Holders of a visitor visa for one of the following purposes: emergency and essential work, a business meeting, purchase of goods, probationary period for foreign workers, medical, food, humanitarian aid or a crew member joining a vessel in Indonesia.
  • Holders of a temporary stay visa for one of the predetermined purposes set out by the Indonesian authorities.
  • Those travelling into Indonesia under its travel corridor arrangement scheme (this does not include Ireland).

Regulations on travel from abroad and within Indonesia are frequently changed in response to COVID-19, sometimes at short notice. If you are planning to travel to Indonesia, we strongly recommend that you check the latest regulations with your airline and with your local Indonesian Embassy beforehand (for those travelling from Ireland you can make inquiries at consular@indonesianembassy.org.uk  You can also consult the Indonesian Government’s official COVID19 website for full details of the new restrictions.

  • All foreign nationals that are allowed to enter Indonesia must present a negative PCR test issued a maximum of 72 hours before departure, as well as a fully completed Electronic Health Alert Card (eHAC) for contact tracing purposes. They must quarantine for 3 days after arrival and install the PeduliLindungi app on their mobile phones for access to public areas. This app is widely and strictly used to demonstrate proof of vaccination. The eHAC can also be filled out on this app.
  • Quarantine for foreigners is carried out at self-funded quarantine accommodations (Hotels/Inns) that have been given certification for the implementation of COVID-19 quarantine accommodation by the Ministry of Health.
  • Two PCR tests will be administered to all passengers on arrival in Indonesia.  Any passenger that receives a positive PCR test result will be taken to a treatment facility. After 3 days of mandatory isolation and a negative PCR test result, all international passengers are encouraged to undertake self-isolation at their respective residence up until a total of 14 days after arrival in Indonesia.
  • The costs of testing, treatment and quarantine will be borne by the individual.
  • Regulations on PCR tests and mandatory quarantine are frequently changed - please check the Indonesian Government’s official COVID19 website for full details (right click on the website homepage for the option to translate to English).

The Indonesian authorities have introduced 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 jakartaem@dfa.ie. If you choose to remain in Indonesia, you should have adequate means to support yourself, until such time as travel restrictions ease.

Domestic Travel

There are restrictions in place for domestic air, sea and land travel.  Please consult the Indonesian Government’s official COVID-19 website for details of regulations and check with your airline or transport operator if you are planning to travel domestically at any point.

Foreigners travelling within Indonesia must comply with the following conditions:

  • Take responsibility for their own health and comply with COVID-19 regulations.
  • It is mandatory to use the ‘PeduliLindungi’ app as a requirement for travelling within the country and to access public areas.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers by air to and from the islands of Java and Bali must show a vaccine card (full dose of vaccination) and a negative rapid antigen test result taken 1x24 hours before departure.
  • Travellers by air to and from the islands of Java and Bali who are not fully vaccinated must show a vaccine card (minimum first dose) and a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 3x24 hours before departure.
  • For land and sea travel, passengers must show a vaccine card (minimum first dose) and a negative RT-PCR test taken within the minimum 3x24 hours before departure or negative rapid antigen test taken 1x24 hours before departure.
  • Provisions for showing a vaccine card are excluded for travellers under 12 years old, and those with special health conditions or co-morbid diseases.

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Safety and Security

Safety and security

Terrorism

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.

Crime

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.

Reporting crime

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.

Driving

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).

You should hire or rent vehicle from trusted companies that require you to have a driving license, International travel license and medical insurance.

Local alcohol

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.

Air Safety

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.

Maritime safety

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.

Water

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

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.

Illegal drugs

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.

LGBT

While homosexual activity is not criminalised, 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.

Muslim culture

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.

Personal identification

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.

You may also be asked for your passport and copy of COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates when entering public areas such as shopping malls.

Gambling

Gambling is illegal in Indonesia.

 

Natural Disasters and Climate

Natural disasters and climate

Geographical position

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.

Earthquake

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.

Volcanoes

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.

In recent times, earthquakes and tsunamis have caused significant damage to parts of Lombok, Central Sulawesi and the Sunda Strait (between Java and Sumatra). If you need to travel to the affected areas, you should exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities.   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.

Flooding

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 Pollution

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.

Additional Information

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Visa

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

Passports

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.

Health

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.

Health and medical care standards in Indonesia can be poor and some medical tests cannot be carried out 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.

Zika Virus

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).

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

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.

Embassy of Ireland
World Trade Centre 1
14th Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman kav 29-31
Jakarta 12920
Indonesia

Tel: 62 (0) 21-2809 4300
Fax: +62 (0) 21-521 1622

Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 16.00

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