Indonesia Brings Back Visa-Free Access for ASEAN Nationals

To stimulate tourism, authorities have reopened four more airports to international flights.

Sunrise over the Buddhist temple of Borobudur in Central Java. (Photo: Alessio Roversi/Unsplash)

With Omicron firmly on the wane, Indonesia is further loosening travel restrictions on visitors from nearly 50 countries. Jakarta has reinstated its visa-free policy for citizens of all other ASEAN member states, two years after it was temporarily suspended at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was first announced by Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto at a virtual press conference on Monday, but full details on the updated immigration rules were released only yesterday, and the regulations came into force this morning.

Tourists coming in from 34 other nations beyond the Southeast Asian bloc can now apply for a visa on arrival at any of 19 ports of entry, not just Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Visa fees are currently priced at Rp 500,000 (US$35) and vacationers wanting to stay longer will have the option to extend it for another 30 days. Foreign visitors will no longer need to undergo a PCR test upon arrival unless a higher-than-normal body temperature is detected, but a pre-departure test within two days of travel is still mandatory, as is proof of vaccination.

As part of the new travel rules, four more major airports in Indonesia have reopened to international flights, joining those serving Bali, Jakarta, and Surabaya. These include the airports of Makassar, Manado, Medan, and Yogyakarta. Holidaymakers will also be allowed to enter the country via eight seaports in the Riau Islands and three border crossings between Indonesian and Malaysia Borneo, as well as one between West Timor and Timor-Leste.

Here is the full list of countries whose nationals enjoy visa-free access or can apply for a visa on arrival:

Visa-Free Countries (ASEAN)

Brunei Philippines
Cambodia Singapore
Laos Thailand
Malaysia Vietnam

Eligible for Visas on Arrival

Region Country
Asia-Pacific Australia
New Zealand
South Korea
Europe Belgium
United Kingdom
Middle East and North Africa Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Sub-Saharan Africa Seychelles
South Africa
The Americas Argentina
United States
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