You will need permission from the Indonesian authorities to enter Indonesia.
With effect from 7 March 2022, British Citizens who are entering Indonesia for tourism purposes can apply for a visa on arrival at a cost of IDR 500,000. This visa is valid for 30 days, and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by making an application to an immigration office within Indonesia. Ensure that you extend your visa within the initial 30 days to avoid an overstay fine. Visa on arrival is now available at the following airports and seaports:
- Soekarno Hatta DKI Jakarta
- Ngurah Rai Bali
- Kualanamu North Sumatra
- Juanda East Java
- Hasanuddin South Sulawesi
- Sam Ratulangi North Sulawesi
- Yogyakarta Yogyakarta
- Hang Nadim Batam, Riau Islands
- Zainuddin Abdul Majid West Nusa Tenggara
- Nongsa Terminal Bahari
- Riau Island Batam Centre
- Riau Island Sekupang
- Riau IslandCitra Tri Tunas Riau Island
- Marina Teluk Senimba Riau Island
- Bandar Bentan Telani Lagoi Riau Island
- Bandar Seri Udana Lobam Riau Island
- Sri Bintan Pura/Riau Island
- Tanjung Balai Karimun, Riau Islands
Foreigners can also apply for a visitor or limited stay visa, including visas on compassionate grounds. The application should be made by a local sponsor to the Director General of Immigration.
The Indonesian embassy has introduced a new e-visa system. You or your sponsor should submit your visa application online.
A full list of visas and requirements are available on the Indonesian Immigration website.
Arriving in Indonesia if you’re fully vaccinated
If you have received a full course of COVID-19 vaccination (at least 2 doses), you can enter Indonesia as follows:
Those intending to purchase a “visa on arrival” should:
- install the Peduli Lindungi mobile application
- show proof of a full course of vaccination (travellers under 18 years old or those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons are exempt)
- undergo a temperature check upon arrival and, if showing COVID-19 symptoms and / or a temperature above 37.5 degrees, a RT-PCR test. If you test positive, you may be taken to a hospital for treatment or an isolation centre at your own expense. If negative, fully vaccinated travellers can continue their journey
Travellers who have received a full course of COVID-19 vaccination and a booster do not need to have antigen/PCR test to travel domestically. Travellers who have not received any booster vaccination may need to show negative antigen/PCR test to travel domestically. Contact your airlines for further details.
Proof of vaccination status
You must present proof of vaccination status to enter Indonesia and/or to travel domestically within Indonesia.
You can use the UK COVID Pass to demonstrate your vaccination record when entering Indonesia. You may need to present both soft and hard copies of your NHS vaccination certificates at various stages of your journey. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
The British Embassy understand that hard copies of NHS certificates suffice for most purposes (with check in staff and Immigration staff at the Indonesian border as well as entry to facilities in Indonesia).
Please note, the Indonesian Government recognises UK NHS Vaccine certification and verification of your certificates for use on the Peduli Lindungi app is the responsibility of the Government of Indonesia (usually the Ministry of Health authorities on arrival at your port of entry). It is no longer possible for the British Embassy to provide this verification.
Arriving in Indonesia if you’re not fully vaccinated
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you will:
- need to take a RT-PCR upon arrival
- partially vaccinated or non-vaccinated travellers will be required to self-quarantine for 5 x 24 hours, with a second RT-PCR before release from isolation
See information on getting a test before entry.
If you’ve had COVID-19
If you have had COVID-19 and recovered within 30 days prior to departure, you are exempt from the requirement to show proof of vaccination and negative RT-PCR prior to departure. However, you will be required to take a RT-PCR test upon arrival and show the recovery certificate from a hospital in your country of origin
Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration (DGI) is no longer automatically extending expired visas or stay permits under COVID-19 emergency arrangements. In country KITAS application is no longer available.
KITAS Extension – offshore application
KITAS holders 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.
Children and young people
Children aged 12 to 17 follow the same rules as fully or partly vaccinated travellers.
If you’re transiting through Indonesia
Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.
Transiting through Indonesia is permitted for travellers who remain airside. Passengers will need to receive approval from the port health authority before continuing their journey. They should have evidence of their vaccination status, PCR test results and onward flight details ready for inspection
If you are transiting through Indonesia on your way to another country and will be passing through immigration (sometimes known as a layover), for example to stay in a hotel for a flight the next day, you will need to follow the requirements for a visitor.
All passengers must be in possession of proof of vaccination status.
Exemptions to these rules may apply for:
- Travellers below 18 years of age if they produce proof of policy from their home country
- Foreign nationals who cannot be vaccinated due to their medical condition. They must produce a certificate from a medical professional to confirm this.
- Diplomatic/Service Visa holder for the purposes of a Ministerial/Official visit
- Active flight or ship crew
Check your passport and travel documents before you travel
If you are visiting or are a resident in Indonesia, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.
Check with your travel provider or the nearest Indonesian Embassy or Consulate to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
All visitors need to present vaccine proof if available at check-in ahead of any scheduled travel in order to enter Indonesia without the need for self isolation and PCR testing at your own expense on arrival. 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.
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.
Beware of visa scams by fraudulent visa agents who, having taken your money, may fail to provide a visa or supply the wrong kind. This could result in your overstaying and a fine of IDR 1million/day, detention, deportation and possible re-entry ban. You should use the Indonesian Immigration self-service portal.
Visa scams are on the rise in Indonesia. The British Embassy is aware of numerous foreign nationals in Bali who have been the victim of visa scams at this time. Many have lost significant sums of money, some have been deported despite paying large fees to their agent to secure the correct visa or extension to stay.
If you wish to use to use an agent, do thorough due diligence and check for reviews and recommendations.
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.
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.
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.