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COVID-19: Indonesia Tightens Border Controls
18 March 2020 | Written by dtnweb

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian government is taking unprecedented steps to tighten controls at its borders. While the country is not yet in full lockdown, the following measures will affect visa application processes for all new arrivals and deny access to some travellers depending on their health status and travel history.

According to the latest reports, Indonesia will suspend its visa exemption policy for short-stay visits, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic/service visa-free facilities for all countries, for a period of one month, starting from this Friday, 20th March at 00.00 Western Indonesia Time (GMT+7).

This means that all travellers who wish to visit Indonesia must first obtain a visa from the Indonesian embassy in their home country prior to departure. Visa applicants will be expected to prove they are free of the coronavirus, by providing a health certificate issued by the relevant health authorities in their respective countries. Upon arrival, all visitors to Indonesia must also complete a Health Alert Certificate, to be submitted to the Health Quarantine Office at Indonesian airports.

Before travelling, we strongly recommend contacting the Indonesian Embassy in your country to ensure that all the necessary documentation and arrangements are in place prior to departure. Entry to Indonesia may be denied to any visitors who have travelled to the following countries in the last 14 days: Iran, Italy, the Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

These temporary restrictions are designed to safeguard visitors to Indonesia, not repel them. Although the process for acquiring a visa will be more complicated, Indonesia remains open to the majority of travellers. Panorama Destination is on hand to provide travellers and agents with the latest official information and advice from Indonesia. For the latest developments relating to the coronavirus, travellers are advised to follow our social media channels:

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