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What you should know before travelling from South Africa to Indonesia during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for South Africans travelling to Indonesia.

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From Bali to Jakarta, and everything in between, Indonesia is a popular destination for South African travellers for both business and beaches.

Plans to open the Indonesian border to people from South Africa were set to go ahead in early July 2021, but a spike in cases has pushed the opening date to late July/early August. However, borders still remain closed to South Africans.

Only those with specific exemptions can enter from South Africa at the moment; read on to see if you qualify and what you need to do before you take off for Indonesia.

Can I travel from South Africa to Indonesia?

Indonesia has its borders closed to foreign nationals, including those from South Africa, though it is permitting entry to high-level government officials and those with work or permanent residency permits. Specifically:
  • A diplomatic visa
  • Official Residence Permit
  • Limited Stay Permit (KITAS)
  • Permanent Stay Permit (KITAP)
  • Permit holders belonging to the travel corridor arrangement (TCA scheme)
  • Aircrew

Latest information for Indonesia

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When can I travel to Indonesia? When will the Indonesia borders open?

There's no specific date on when borders to Indonesia will reopen to South African visitors, but the Indonesian government has plans to lift the ban in late July/early August 2021.

We'll update this article for South African travellers when we know more.

COVID-19 statistics in Indonesia vs South Africa

Are there any exemptions for travelling to Indonesia?

Yes, Indonesian citizens are allowed to return from South Africa. When they do, they must:
  • immediately take a COVID-19 test (They will not be charged for this test.)
  • Quarantine for five days as they wait for their results.

Other exemptions for travel from South Africa are being made for high-level government officials with a diplomatic visa, aircrew and anyone belonging to the travel corridor arrangement scheme.

Can I travel to Indonesia if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?

Permanent residents who hold a KITAS or KITAP permit are also allowed to travel back to Indonesia from South Africa.

What are the entry requirements for Indonesia coming from South Africa?

Do I need a permit to enter Indonesia?

Yes, all non-citizens must hold an eligible permit or visa to be allowed into Indonesia from South Africa.

On top of this, all travellers from South Africa, including Indonesian citizens, must also complete an electronic health awareness card (e-HAC) before departure and present the QR code which is generated for you on arrival in Indonesia to be permitted to enter.

You can access the e-HAC here.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

No proof of a vaccine is required to enter Indonesia from South Africa at this time.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing for Indonesia?

Yes, all arrivals into Indonesia from South Africa must provide a health certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 PCR result. This must be no older than 72 hours prior to your departure from South Africa for Indonesia and must be written in English.

Frequently asked questions about travelling from South Africa to Indonesia:

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