Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Indonesia set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus

Entry to Indonesia

Indonesia is implementing a series of changes to admission for foreign nationals in response to developments in the Covid pandemic. While these are being rolled out, in addition to meeting the categories below, you should reconfirm your eligibility to enter Indonesia with your travel agent/airline and the Indonesian Embassy. This can be done by contacting the Consular Section of the Indonesian Embassy on: consular@indonesianembassy.org.uk.

Visit Visa

Foreigners can now apply for a visitor or limited stay visa. The application should be made by the sponsor to the Director General of Immigration.

A full list of visas is available at: https://www.imigrasi.go.id/en/permohonan-visa-republik-indonesia-wisata-b211a/

Tourist visas are not currently available for British Nationals.

The requirements include:

  • a. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination
  • b. Letter stating willingness to obey Indonesia’s health protocol including quarantine requirements
  • c. Proof of health insurance (minimum $100,000)/travel insurance including health coverage and/or letter stating willingness to pay for own treatment should the person be or become infected with COVID-19
  • d. Proof of USD 1500 or equivalent by showing last 3 months bank statements

Visa on compassionate grounds

A single entry visa can be applied for at the Indonesian Embassy on compassionate grounds (i.e. visiting sick family, death of a family member, or health related purpose).

KITAS Extension - In country application:

KITAS holders whose stay permit is expiring and are still in Indonesia and cannot return yet to their own country can apply for a visitor visa or a limited stay visa. These documents need to be supplied with the application:

  • a. Letter stating willingness to obey Indonesia’s health protocol
  • b. Proof of health/travel insurance covering covid19 treatment
  • c. The latest stay permit or Exit Permit Only (EPO) for KITAS holder
  • d. Proof of minimum USD 2000 or equivalent from the foreigner or the sponsor in the form of the latest 3 months bank statements

Those who have received the limited stay visa will be given ITAS (limited/temporary stay permit) within max 7 days by the local immigration office.

KITAS Extension – offshore application

KITAS holder with expiring stay permit but currently outside Indonesia can apply for an extension through a sponsor. The sponsor must submit the application to the immigration office attaching a copy of the passport and proof of leaving Indonesia. The application is submitted without biometric sampling. The sponsor must report the foreigner’s arrival within 30 days.

Additional entry requirements you must satisfy are:

  • you must be in possession of a health certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 PCR test (swab test) result, which can be checked by a QR code or barcode. From 1 January, your certificate must be issued a maximum of 72 hours prior to your departure for Indonesia. The certificate must be in English

  • evidence of having received two full doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. (See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 status’). The following 4 categories are exempt from this requirement:

  • travellers below 18 years old

  • foreign nationals who cannot be vaccinated due to their medical condition. They must show confirmation via a health certificate issued by a medical professional

  • Diplomatic/Service Visa holder for the purposes of a Ministerial/Official visit

  • active flight or ship crew

The British Embassy understands from the latest Regulation update that foreign nationals aged 12 to 17 and holders of Diplomatic or Service visas who have not been vaccinated may be expected to undergo vaccination during their quarantine period. Details are still emerging. We will update travel advice as soon as the intention of the new regulation is clear.

  • you are required to download and install the Peduli Lindungi app to perform the e-Hac registration

  • you must submit a letter in English stating that you are willing to enter quarantine for at least 5 days (5 x 24hours) in quarantine facilities or health service facilities according to Indonesian health protocols

  • you are required to hold valid travel and health insurance that covers your visit

  • you are required to take a PCR test upon arrival to the airport. If you test positive you will be taken to a government isolation hotel – your prepaid quarantine hotel will be refunded

  • if your final test is negative, you will be allowed to proceed with your journey. If the test is positive, you will be referred to hospital at your own expense. If you cannot pay the hospital bills, your sponsor (Ministries, agencies, or state-owned enterprise) supporting your visit can be asked to take responsibility. If you receive a positive COVID-19 result and wish to have another independent test for confirmation, you can do so at your own expense by filling out a form at the Port Health Office or Ministry of Health offices. This independent COVID-19 test can be taken at Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital, Gatot Soebroto hospital, and Raden Said Sukanto Bhayangkara hospital

  • with effect from 23 April, you will not be granted a visa if you have been in India in the 14 days prior to arriving in Indonesia

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Indonesia has not yet confirmed that it will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. You should follow the entry rules for unvaccinated people. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination.

Health certificate

All visitors will also need to present your health certificate showing a negative COVID-19 PCR test result as stipulated above at check-in ahead of any scheduled travel. Failure to present a health certificate may result in your being prevented from boarding the plane, or denied entry or transit in Indonesia. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

More information is available regarding coronavirus in Indonesia via the Ministry of Health.

More information

Full details of the travel restrictions for foreign visitors are available in English on Twitter via DitJen Imigrasi (@ditjen_imigrasi). For more information, see the announcement on the Indonesian Embassy website.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

In normal circumstances, if you’re travelling on a British Citizen passport you do not need a visa to enter Indonesia for visits of up to 30 days, calculated to include your date of arrival and date of departure. Visa-free visits can not be extended or transferred to another type of visa. For a list of airports, seaports and land border crossings for entering/exiting Indonesia under this visa waiver scheme, and more information about entry requirements, visit the Indonesian Embassy in London website or your nearest Indonesian embassy.

If you’re travelling to Indonesia and intend to stay for more than 30 days (up to a maximum of 60 days), you should apply for a visa before you travel, or apply for a visa on arrival at a cost of US$35, or the equivalent in Indonesian rupiah, at the visa on arrival desk within the airport. These types of visa are valid for 30 days, and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by making an application for an extension to an immigration office within Indonesia. Ensure that you extend your visa within the initial 30 days to avoid an overstay fine.

The Indonesian embassy has introduced a new e-visa system. You should submit your visa application online. The embassy will no longer accept a handwritten visa application form unless you’re a British Overseas Territories citizen, British National (Overseas), or if you’re applying for a diplomatic visa. If you fall into this category you should send a written request to obtain the visa form at: consular@indonesianembassy.org.

The visa waiver scheme and visas on arrival aren’t available if you’re travelling on a British Overseas Citizen, British Subject, British National (Overseas) or British Overseas Territory citizen passport. Instead, you must apply for a visa before you travel.

These options are also not available if you’re travelling to Indonesia for journalistic purposes. Instead, you must apply for a visa before you travel, and should make sure that you have the correct permits for local travel within Indonesia as some areas may need special permits in addition to your visa. You should seek advice from your nearest Indonesian Embassy.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure from Indonesia.

Indonesian law doesn’t allow dual nationality for adults over 18 years of age. If you’re a British national who has retained Indonesian nationality, you may experience immigration difficulties in Indonesia.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for airside transit and exit from Indonesia. ETDs may also be accepted for entry into Indonesia. If you’re entering Indonesia using an ETD you must apply for a visit visa before travelling. You won’t be able to get a visa on arrival. The processing time for an Indonesian visa can vary depending on where you apply. Some Indonesian embassies do not issue Indonesian visas in ETDs. Contact your nearest Indonesian Embassy to check before you apply.

Entry requirements may differ if you live in Indonesia. Contact your nearest Indonesian Embassy to confirm whether you need to apply for a visit visa before you travel to Indonesia using an ETD.

If you apply for an ETD whilst in Indonesia, you may need to get an exit permit from Immigration to leave the country. We will advise you to contact the nearest Immigration office to check before travelling.

Proof of onward travel

Immigration officials in Indonesia may ask you for proof of onward travel (such as a return or onward air ticket). You should make all reservations before leaving for Indonesia. Some airlines have refused to board passengers without evidence of onward travel.

Departure and airport tax

Airport tax is included in the cost your ticket for all domestic flights within Indonesia. For some international flights departing Indonesia, airport tax may not be included in the price of the ticket. You should check with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Overstaying your visa

Overstaying without the proper authority is a serious matter and visitors can be held in detention or refused permission to leave the country until a fine of Rp 1 million per day is paid. After overstaying for 60 days, you will be detained and possibly imprisoned.

Registering

If you stay in private accommodation in Indonesia (not a hotel) you must register your presence with the local police or you could face a fine of Rp 5 million. If you stay in a hotel you will be registered automatically.

Travelling with medication

If you bring any prescription medication into Indonesia, make sure you have a copy of the prescription with you. The prescription must cover the quantity of medication you bring. Be aware that some prescription or other medication available in the UK, including some psychotropic medicines, may be illegal in Indonesia. If you’re unsure, speak to your doctor and the Indonesian Embassy for advice before you travel.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.