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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]

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Visa policy of Indonesia

Visa exemption

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 28 countries and British nationals who are not British citizens:[5]

Visa on Arrival

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


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

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

  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

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

Source: Statistics Indonesia[20]

Rank Country 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
1  Malaysia 2,501,611 1,238,276 1,225,458 1,431,728 1,418,256 1,380,686 1,269,089 1,173,351
2  China 2,137,450 1,972,405 1,452,971 1,249,091 1,052,705 858,140 726,088 594,997
3  Singapore 1,768,598 1,512,813 1,472,767 1,594,102 1,559,044 1,432,060 1,324,706 1,324,839
4  East Timor 1,762,120 960,026 956,874 921,657 873,258 769,697 719,996 668,139
5  Australia 1,301,225 1,188,449 1,198,033 1,090,025 1,145,576 983,911 952,717 933,376
6  India 595,060 485,314 376,802 306,960 267,082 231,266 196,983 181,791
7  Japan 530,171 538,334 513,297 528,606 505,175 497,399 463,486 423,113
8  United Kingdom 391,820 361,197 328,882 286,806 244,594 236,794 219,726 201,221
9  United States 387,295 331,132 296,183 269,062 246,397 236,375 217,599 203,205
10  South Korea 358,527 378,769 343,887 375,586 352,004 351,154 328,989 320,596
11  France 287,662 268,989 250,921 208,679 208,537 201,917 184,273 171,736
12  Germany 273,847 260,586 231,694 201,202 184,463 173,470 158,212 149,110
13  Philippines 217,644 162,726 149,490 267,700 248,182 247,573 236,866 210,029
14  Netherlands 209,664 205,844 195,463 172,371 168,494 161,402 152,749 163,268
15  Taiwan 207,707 211,489 209,369 223,478 220,328 247,146 217,708 228,922
16  Saudi Arabia 165,895 166,111 186,654 160,696 147,074 150,247 144,584 140,579
17  Papua New Guinea 143,143 141,299 136,589 117,347 108,923 105,542 103,763 102,938
18  New Zealand 128,308 106,914 102,776 98,861 94,735 91,144 88,489 87,233
19  Russia 125,697 110,529 80,514 65,705 88,775 82,863 76,584 78,531
20  Thailand 122,252 106,510 98,864 93,590 95,195 92,549 93,642 90,167
Total All Countries 15,806,191 14,039,799 11,519,275 10,230,775 9,435,411 8,802,129 8,044,462 7,649,731
Indonesian Tourism Statistics[21][22][23][24][25][26]
Year International visitors Average stay (days)
2000 5,064,217 12.26
2001 5,153,620 10.49
2002 5,033 400 9.79
2003 4,467,021 9.69
2004 5,321,165 9.47
2005 5,002,101 9.05
2006 4,871,351 9.09
2007 5,505,759 9.02
2008 6,429,027 8.58
2009 6,452,259 7.69
2010 7,002,944 8.04
2011 7,649,731 7.84
2012 8,044,462 7.70
2013 8,802,129 7.65
2014 9,435,411 7.66
2015 10,230,775 8.53
2016 11,519,275 10.69
2017 14,039,799 21.88
2018 15,806,191 12.58

The ten most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia recorded by Central Statistics Agency (BPS) are Bali, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Jakarta, North Sumatra, Lampung, South Sulawesi, South Sumatra, Banten, and West Sumatra (which would make it 11 provinces today due to Banten previously having been a part of West Java).[27]

As with most countries, domestic tourists are by far the largest market segment. The biggest movement of domestic tourists is during the annual Eid ul-Fitr, locally known as lebaran. During this period, which is a two-week holiday after the month of fasting during Ramadan, many city-dwelling Muslim Indonesians visit relatives in their home towns. Intercity traffic is at its peak and often an additional surcharge is applied during this time.

Over the five years up to 2006, attention has been focused on generating more domestic tourism. Competition amongst budget airlines has increased the number of domestic air travellers throughout the country. Recently, the Ministry of Labour legislated to create long weekends by combining public holidays that fall close to weekends, except in the case of important religious holidays. During these long weekends, most hotels in popular destinations are fully booked.

Since 2000, on average, there have been five million foreign tourists each year (see table), who spend an average of US$100 per day. With an average visit duration of 9–12 days, Indonesia gains US$4.6 billion of foreign exchange income annually.[21] This makes tourism Indonesia's third most important non-oilgas source of foreign revenue, after timber and textile products.[28]

After toppled Japan two years ago, China as the world's biggest tourism spenders now toppled Australia to become number three with 30.42 percent increase year-on-year (y-o-y), while totally foreign tourists growth by 10.6 percent y-o-y set to more than 2.9 million. The top countries of origin Q1 2014 data is come from the Asia-Pacific region, with Singapore (15.7 percent), Malaysia (14.0), China (11.0), Australia, and Japan among the top countries of origin.[29] The United Kingdom, France, and Germany are the largest sources of European visitors.[30] Although Dutch visitors are at least in part keen to explore the historical relationships, many European visitors are seeking the tropical weather at the beaches in Bali.

Around 59% of all visitors are travelling to Indonesia for holiday purposes, while 38% for business.[31]

In 2012, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council travel and tourism made a total contribution of 8.9% of GDP and supported 8% of total employment in Indonesia.[31]

Most visitors arriving to Indonesia on short term basis were from the following countries of nationality:[32]


  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.[33][34] For a visa waiver to enter into force Indonesian law stipulating mandatory reciprocity must be changed.[35] 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.[36]
  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.[37]
  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.[38]
  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.[39]
  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.[40][41][42][43]
  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.[44]

See also


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  5. ^ "VISA INFORMATION". The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
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  10. ^ INTERNATIONAL TREATY, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
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  33. ^ "Tambah Devisa, Indonesia Bebaskan Visa untuk 45 Negara".
  34. ^ Post, The Jakarta. "New visa policy to aid rupiah".
  35. ^ Post, The Jakarta. "Free visas for 30 nations violates law, may not fly".
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  40. ^ "Pemerintah akan tambah 20 negara bebas visa".
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External links

  • Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration
  • List of Indonesian diplomatic missions
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