Visa policy of Indonesia

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Visitors to Indonesia must obtain a visa from one of the Indonesian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. 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 168 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]


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 9 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.[6][7]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

  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:[8]

Visa waiver agreements for diplomatic and service passports were signed with the following countries but not ratified yet:  Armenia,[10]  El Salvador,[11]  Guyana,[12]  Greece,[13]  Micronesia,[14]  Niger,[15]  Panama,[16]  Sweden,[17]  Ukraine.[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]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Indonesia on short term basis were from the following countries of nationality:[20]


  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, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, North Korea, 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]


  1. ^ a b c "Visa Exemption". Ditjen Imigrasi Republik Indonesia.
  2. ^ a b c d "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. ^ "169 Countries Get Visa-free Facility". Ditjen Imigrasi Republik Indonesia.
  4. ^ "Visa Exemption - Immigration Checkpoint". Ditjen Imigrasi Republik Indonesia.
  5. ^ "VISA INFORMATION". The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Various visa issued on approval (for specific countries)". Indonesian Embassy, London.
  7. ^ "Indonesia Scraps Calling Visa Requirement for Pakistanis". Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ INTERNATIONAL TREATY, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
  9. ^ Under visa exemption agreement on 28 February 2003; from 6 November 2004[1]
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  14. ^ Indonesia, Micronesia sign visa-free agreement for diplomatic, service passport holders
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  16. ^ "RI-Panama Sepakati Bebas Visa untuk Paspor Diplomatik & Dinas - Kabar24 -". Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  17. ^ priyanto, wawan (22 May 2017). "Indonesia - Swedia Teken 3 MOU, Salah Satunya Aturan Bebas Visa". Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Украина и Индонезия подписали соглашение о безвизовом режиме для владельцев служебных и диппаспортов".
  19. ^ "ABTC Summary - APEC Business Travel Card". Archived from the original on 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  20. ^ [2]
  21. ^ "Tambah Devisa, Indonesia Bebaskan Visa untuk 45 Negara".
  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.
  26. ^ Lumanauw, Novy (June 2, 2015). "Indonesia Formally Waives Visa Requirements for 45 Countries". The Indonesian Globe. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  27. ^ "Ini Daftar 45 Negara Diusulkan Bebas Visa Tahap Dua".
  28. ^ "Pemerintah akan tambah 20 negara bebas visa".
  29. ^ "Ralat Rizal Ramli: Ada yang Usul Israel Dapat Fasilitas Bebas Visa, Namun Kami Coret".
  30. ^ developer, metrotvnews. "Pemerintah Tambah 84 Negara Bebas Visa".
  31. ^ "Ini Daftar Sementara 84 Negara Bebas Visa ke RI".
  32. ^ "Inilah 84 Negara Bebas Visa ke Indonesia".

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