CAN I TRAVEL TO INDONESIA?
Last Updated November 19th, 2021
Can I travel to Indonesia?
Indonesia is implementing a series of changes to admission for foreign nationals in response to developments in the Covid pandemic. Foreigners can now apply for a visitor or limited stay visa BUT it's sad news for us British nationals though because tourist visas are not currently available for us (cry!!!) so it's possible for people from certain countries to apply for a visa but not people from the UK.
Entry requirements for Indonesia:
Can I enter Indonesia if I am fully vaccinated?
While British nationals aren't able to enter Indonesia whatever their vaccination status however if you are a traveller from a country that they are currently accepting visas from, the requirements include proof of full COVID-19 vaccination! So you will need to be fully vaccinated to get the visa. You will also need:
1. Letter stating willingness to obey Indonesia’s health protocol including quarantine requirements
2. Proof of health insurance (minimum $100,000)/travel insurance including health coverage and/or letter stating willingness to pay for own treatment should the person be or become infected with COVID-19
3. Proof of USD 1500 or equivalent by showing last 3 months bank statements
However, Indonesia has not yet confirmed that it will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. You should follow the entry rules for unvaccinated people.
Can I enter Indonesia if I am unvaccinated/not-fully vaccinated?
You need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination if you're going to apply for a visa, so nope! You'd have to be fully vaccinated.
Do I need a negative test to enter Indonesia?
All visitors will also need to present their health certificate showing a negative COVID-19 PCR test result ahead of any travel. The health certificate must be able to be checked by a QR code or barcode. Your certificate must be issued a maximum of 72 hours prior to your departure for Indonesia. The certificate must be in English.
Do I need a vaccine to enter Indonesia?
Yes, you must show evidence of having received two full doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Do I need to quarantine when entering Indonesia?
You must be willing to quarantine for at least 3 days (3 x 24hours) in quarantine facilities or health service facilities according to Indonesian health protocols. You can check out more information on travel to Indonesia here.
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm fully vaccinated?
If you are in Indonesia and you are fully vaccinated, then before you travel back to England, you must book and pay for a COVID-19 test (either lateral flow or PCR) that is to be taken after you arrive in England. You'll also need to complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. When you're back in England, you can take the COVID-19 test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0. You do not have to quarantine when you arrive in England. If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate. If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test. If your lateral flow is negative, no problemo... go about your life as normal!
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm not fully vaccinated?
If you're in Indonesia and you are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated, then, like fully-vaccinated travellers, you must complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours before you arrive in England. Unlike fully-vaccinated travellers, you must take a COVID-19 test in the 2 days before you travel to England. You must also pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests that are to be taken after you arrive in England. When you're back in England, you must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0. If the day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for the full 10 days. You only have to take the day 8 test if the day 2 test is negative. If the day 8 test is negative, you're good to go, you can end your quarantine! If the day 8 test is positive, you have to self-isolate for 10 full days.
Unfortunately, we will be waiting just a bit longer to get back to Bali and Lombok, BUT with the slow opening up of the country and the relaxation on some foreign travellers entering the country, we hope that we won't be waiting for too long... cross your fingers! If all goes to plan then things should be open sooner rather than later, so keep an eye on this space for updates!
WHEN SHOULD I VISIT INDONESIA?
Indonesia is pretty much THE place to be all year round but the best time to visit is from March-early October. The weather is perfect for island hopping, snorkelling and pretty much spending all day on the beach. Top up that tan baby! Indonesia bridges the Equator, so it's hot all year round. Still, between December to March, the country sees a lot of rain. Particularly in the south!
There's so much to do in Indonesia, and if you don't mind a little rain you can hit some of the hotspots with half the tourists! Hit up Indonesia in the low season, and you'll experience some of Indonesia's rich culture with only half the tourists. If you venture further afield into the highlands, the temperatures are cooler, and with Indonesia's humidity, you might prefer it!
BALI, BIKINIS & ALL THINGS BEAU...TIFUL!
The list is endless of what you should do and where you should visit in Indonesia. Still, I'm going to give you the inside scoop with all the MUST DOS and MUST VISITS to be able to maximise your experience whilst you're visiting this beauty of a country.
Komodo Dragons - Ok, so this should deffo be on your bucket list! Stay on a liveaboard boat for 3 days/2 nights and spend your time between island hopping watching the sunset at sea and falling asleep under the stars. The days are just as good as the nights. Trek to viewpoints, snorkel in crystal clear waters but the most amazing part. VISIT KOMODO ISLAND. These prehistoric Jurassic Park style dinosaurs are only found in the wild in Indonesia. It's a surreal experience to get up close with these giant lizards and 100% a day you'll never forget.
Tegalalang Rice terraces - So if you're looking for the ultimate insta snap then look no further than the rice terraces. A UNESCO World Heritage site it's every nature lover and painter's dream. Learn how these beautiful formations play an essential role in the local's way of life. Because have you even been to Bali if you haven't visited the rice terraces? A hot spot for tourists but a great cultural learning experience, grab a coffee in one of the local cafes, buy a straw hat from a local vendor or just simply take in the fresh air of Bali's ever-growing greenery. However, you choose to spend your day, it's a must-visit.
Surfing lessons - TIME TO RIDE THOSE WAVES BABY! Have you ever wanted to learn to surf in Bali? Of course you have. Dreaming of riding those waves, shaka's up, flipping your hair backwards as you walk out of the sea, board in hand like the beach babe you are. Ok, so you may not be the next big thing at surfing but head to Kuta and team up with one of the local surf instructors to learn the basics. Surfing in Bali is next level. After a morning surf, take some time to chill on the beach coconut in hand. If you want to learn to surf, there really is nowhere better in the world.
Visit the Gili Islands - You have to visit the Gili Islands if you're in Indonesia. That's right, I said it. YOU HAVE TOO. Whatever your fancy, there is a Gili Island for you. Made up of 3 islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Whatever tickles your pickle, one of the islands will have them. If you're looking for the lively scene, a few too many drinks in an island bar then Gili T is the place for you. If you're looking to run off with the new backpacker love of your life you met a week ago head to Gil Meno. Gili Meno only has a few restaurants on the island and the most secluded beaches of the 3! Gili Air is the ultimate chill-out spot. You can lay on the beach and gaze into Lombok's mountainous landscape without a care in the world. Ideal.
The list is endless and with so many islands in Indonesia to experience it you'll really have to jump on a flight to see it for yourself. Although we can't run away right now, the best thing to do is plan, plan, plan. It's been a crazzzy year, and you deserve a holiday after this!
Don't Quit Your DayDream
If you never go, you'll never know, right?