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Updated 31 August 2021
With lush paradise islands, mighty volcanoes, ancient rainforests and diverse cultures, Indonesia may very well be one of the world’s most enigmatic archipelago. Thanks to its sheer size comprised of thousands of islands, Indonesia is an exciting destination that never ceases to amaze and impress.
Emiratis looking to visit Indonesia must naturally familiarize themselves with the latest travel guidelines and restrictions on travelling to Indonesia from the UAE.
Can I travel to Indonesia from the UAE?
In most cases, no.
The government of Indonesia is enforcing a prohibition of entry for all non-nationals and non-residents with some exceptions. Unless a foreign national is in possession of a valid residence permit or certain types of visas, they will not be able to transit and travel to Indonesia until further notice.
Who can enter Indonesia right now?
As it stands, those allowed entry into Indonesia are the following:
- Nationals of Indonesia;
- Passengers with a Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP). They must not have been in India in the past 14 days
- Passengers with a temporary residence visa. They must not have been in India in the past 14 days;
- Passengers with a diplomatic or service visa. They must not have been in India in the past 14 days;
- Passengers with a diplomatic or service stay permit. They must not have been in India in the past 14 days;
- Passengers with an e-visit visa with a visa number ending with LN. They must not have been in India in the past 14 days;
- Passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card. They must not have been in India in the past 14 days;
- Passengers travelling under the Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA). They must not have been in India in the past 14 days.
Indonesia entry regulations
For those eligible, the following are the entry requirements of Indonesia.
Should you meet the aforementioned criteria, the following entry requirements would need to be satisfied:
- a health certificate stating a negative COVID-19 PCR test (swab test) result is mandatory. The negative test certificate must be in English with the test being taken no more than 7 days prior to arrival
- arriving without said negative COVID-19 test certificate will require you to undergo a COVID-19 swab test and quarantine at your own expense. The test results may take to 7 days to produce
- a personal statement stating your willingness and readiness to undergo quarantine for up to 14 days
Both foreign and Indonesian nationals must all visitors/travellers must complete and submit a Health Alert Certificate at this online portal. Depending on your travel history, travellers may be denied entry to the country.
International travellers wishing to travel to Indonesia may be able to do so by applying for the single-entry visitor visa B211B. As per the Indonesian embassy website, the B211B visa allows any foreign nationals to gain entry into the country in some industrial or business-related capacity, so it’s NOT a tourist visa.
The B211B visa is valid for six months and can be extended up to four times, with each extension valid for 30 days. Please note that one of the requirements of obtaining this visa is a presence of a company willing to sponsor said foreign national.
While it’s by no means ideal, for foreign nationals looking to visit Indonesia the B211B visa is currently the only possible way of gaining entry into Indonesia and spend an extended amount of time there.
Flights from the UAE to Indonesia
Emirates Airline is currently servicing daily direct route flights from Dubai to Jakarta and Denpasar. Etihad Airways also provides daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta.