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Most visitors to Indonesia may enter without a visa. However, some countries must first obtain a visa from one of the Indonesian diplomatic missions before being allowed to enter Indonesia. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months as well as a valid return ticket. Passport with validity of more than 3 months can be accepted in special cases or business travel. The immigration officer at the port of entry may ask the passenger to produce any necessary documents (such as hotel reservation and proof of finance).[1][2]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Indonesia

Visa exemption[edit]

Persons holding passports issued by 170 jurisdictions can visit Indonesia without a visa for 30 days. The permitted activities include tourism, family and social visits, art and cultural activities, official government duties, giving speeches, attending seminars or international exhibitions, conducting meetings with head office or representative office in Indonesia, or transit through Indonesia.[1][3] Visitors utilizing the visa-free facility are not allowed to extend their stay, convert to other types of visas, or engage in activities not listed above (such as visits for business or journalism purposes). The visa-free facility does not apply to holders of emergency or temporary passports.[2]

Passport holders from all visa exempt countries can enter Indonesia through one of the 124 designated border crossings, including 29 airports, 88 seaports and 7 land border checkpoints.[4]

Visa-free regime does not apply for the citizens of the following 29 countries and British nationals who are not British citizens:[5]

Visa on Arrival[edit]

Nationals of these 68 countries may apply for a Visa on Arrival for a length of stay of 30 days that can be extended once inside Indonesia for another 30 days at designated entry points by paying US$35.[6][7]

Transit[edit]

Passengers transiting through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport for less than 24 hours, or other airports for less than 8 hours, do not require a visa. However, those who are switching terminals in Soekarno-Hatta, or those transiting through Ngurah Rai International Airport require a visa unless they are from a visa-exempt jurisdiction.[2]

Approval-requiring nations[edit]

Nationals who want to get multiple entry visa or want to have visa extendable up to 5 times or nationals who are not eligible for visa free entry or visa on arrival need to apply for a visa at an Indonesian embassy or consulate.[1]

Nationals from 8 following countries require approval from an Immigration Office in Indonesia before travelling for business, tourist and social visit purposes. This policy is called the Indonesian Calling Visa.[8][9]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

  Indonesia
  Visa free access for diplomatic and service category passports

Holders of diplomatic or service category passports issued by the following countries are allowed to visit Indonesia without a visa under visa waiver agreements:[10]

Visa waiver agreements for diplomatic and service passports were signed with the following countries but not ratified yet:  Bahrain,[12]  Ethiopia,[13]  Equatorial Guinea,[14]  Micronesia,[15]  Niger,[16]  Panama,[17]  Sweden.[18]

APEC Business Travel Card[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following countries who possess an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) containing the "IDN" code on the reverse that it is valid for travel to Indonesia can enter visa-free for business trips for up to 60 days.[2]

ABTCs are issued to nationals of:[19]

Statistics[edit]

Top 20 International Visitors in Indonesia[edit]

Tourist arrivals in Indonesia by nationality (2011–2019)[edit]

Source: Statistics Indonesia[20]

Rank Country 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
1  Malaysia 2,980,753 2,503,344 1,238,276 1,225,458 1,431,728 1,418,256 1,380,686 1,269,089 1,173,351
2  China 2,072,079 2,139,161 1,972,405 1,452,971 1,249,091 1,052,705 858,140 726,088 594,997
3  Singapore 1,934,445 1,768,744 1,512,813 1,472,767 1,594,102 1,559,044 1,432,060 1,324,706 1,324,839
4  Australia 1,386,803 1,301,478 1,188,449 1,198,033 1,090,025 1,145,576 983,911 952,717 933,376
5  East Timor 1,178,381 1,762,442 960,026 956,874 921,657 873,258 769,697 719,996 668,139
6  India 657,300 595,636 485,314 376,802 306,960 267,082 231,266 196,983 181,791
7  Japan 519,623 530,573 538,334 513,297 528,606 505,175 497,399 463,486 423,113
8  United States 457,832 387,856 331,132 296,183 269,062 246,397 236,375 217,599 203,205
9  United Kingdom 397,624 392,112 361,197 328,882 286,806 244,594 236,794 219,726 201,221
10  South Korea 388,316 358,885 378,769 343,887 375,586 352,004 351,154 328,989 320,596
11  France 283,814 287,917 268,989 250,921 208,679 208,537 201,917 184,273 171,736
12  Germany 277,653 274,166 260,586 231,694 201,202 184,463 173,470 158,212 149,110
13  Philippines 260,980 217,874 162,726 149,490 267,700 248,182 247,573 236,866 210,029
14  Netherlands 215,287 209,978 205,844 195,463 172,371 168,494 161,402 152,749 163,268
15  Taiwan 207,490 208,317 211,489 209,369 223,478 220,328 247,146 217,708 228,922
16  Russia 158,943 125,728 110,529 80,514 65,705 88,775 82,863 76,584 78,531
17  Saudi Arabia 157,512 165,912 166,111 186,654 160,696 147,074 150,247 144,584 140,579
18  New Zealand 149,010 128,366 106,914 102,776 98,861 94,735 91,144 88,489 87,233
19  Thailand 136,699 124,153 106,510 98,864 93,590 95,195 92,549 93,642 90,167
20  Canada 103,616 97,908 96,139 94,178 91,437 88,157 85,478 84,369 82,641
Total All Countries 16,106,954 15,810,305 14,039,799 11,519,275 10,406,759 9,435,411 8,802,129 8,044,462 7,649,731

Reform[edit]

  1. In March 2015 Indonesian authorities announced that from April 2015 visas will be waived for citizens of 30 other countries, namely Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Russia, Qatar, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.[21][22] For a visa waiver to enter into force Indonesian law stipulating mandatory reciprocity must be changed.[23] In October 2015 the list was further extended by a new Presidential decree with another 45 countries.
  2. Indonesian Government expects additional 1.3 billion US$ revenue for the foreign-exchange reserves as a result of the visa waiver.[24]
  3. In May 2015 Vice President Jusuf Kalla announced that the visa-waiver will be extended to 60-70 countries as soon as the reciprocity clause was removed from the immigration law.[25]
  4. On June 12, 2015 the Indonesian Government announced that it formally waives visa requirements for the 45 countries listed above for 30 days but the visit permit cannot be extended or changed to other permits.[26]
  5. On September 19, 2015, Indonesian authorities release the name of 45 additional countries and regions that will be eligible for visa free travel to Indonesia by the end of September 2015, namely Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominica, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, Vatican City and Venezuela.[27]
  6. On December 21, 2015 Indonesian Maritime Coordinator Minister, Rizal Ramli announced that the visa-waiver policy will be extended to 84 additional countries by the end of 2015. The complete list are, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, North Korea, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Paraguay, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Solomon Island, Somalia, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe, make it total of 174 countries that can enjoy visa-waiver policy to Indonesia.[28][29][30][31]
  7. Reportedly, Indonesian President has signed the latest Presidential Decree on 2 March 2016 with regards to the revision of list of countries that are granted short-term visit visa-free facility. Out of 84 additional countries that were initially planned, only 78 were passed. Citizens of Cameroon, Guinea, Montenegro, North Korea, Pakistan, and Somalia will continue to require a visa prior to visit Indonesia.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
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  11. ^ Under visa exemption agreement on 28 February 2003; from 6 November 2004[1]
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  14. ^ [4]
  15. ^ Indonesia, Micronesia sign visa-free agreement for diplomatic, service passport holders
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  20. ^ "Arrivals of International Visitor to Indonesia by Nationality, 2011–2014" (in Indonesian). Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik). Archived from the original on November 13, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
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  22. ^ Post, The Jakarta. "New visa policy to aid rupiah".
  23. ^ Post, The Jakarta. "Free visas for 30 nations violates law, may not fly".
  24. ^ "Indonesia aims to reap $1.3 billion from visa policy".
  25. ^ "More countries to be included on RI's visa waiver recipient list: Kalla". The Jakarta Post.
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  28. ^ "Pemerintah akan tambah 20 negara bebas visa".
  29. ^ "Ralat Rizal Ramli: Ada yang Usul Israel Dapat Fasilitas Bebas Visa, Namun Kami Coret".
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