Indonesia is renowned in the Southeast Asian region as a country that welcomes foreign tourists and businessmen. This commitment is reflected in the fact that the country offers visa free entry to citizens of 169 counties. However, due to recent concerns over health and safety, the Indonesian government has put a temporary hold on visa-free entry for 159 countries.

Why did Indonesia halt visa free entry?

The Indonesian government has decided to temporarily suspend visa-free entry for 159 countries on 19th June 2023. The reason for this decision is to prevent public order disruptions and the potential transmission of diseases from countries that are not certified as disease-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The suspension will last until the situation improves and the WHO declares the countries as safe to travel. The government will review the policy periodically and update it accordingly.

Which countries are affected by the suspension?

The suspension affects citizens of 159 countries that were previously eligible for visa free entry to Indonesia for up to 30 days. If you are a citizen of any of these countries, you will need to apply for a visa and wait for approval before entering Indonesia.

These countries are:

  1. South Africa
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. United States of America (USA)
  5. Andorra
  6. Angola
  7. Antigua and Barbuda
  8. Saudi Arabia
  9. Argentina
  10. Armenia
  11. Australia
  12. Austria
  13. Azerbaijan
  14. Bahamas
  15. Bahrain
  16. Bangladesh
  17. Barbados
  18. The Netherlands
  19. Belarus
  20. Belgium
  21. Belize
  22. Benin
  23. Bhutan
  24. Bolivia
  25. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  26. Botswana
  27. Brazil
  28. Bulgaria
  29. Burkina Faso
  30. Burundi
  31. Czech Republic
  32. Chad
  33. Chile
  34. Denmark
  35. Dominica
  36. Ecuador
  37. El Salvador
  38. Estonia
  39. Fiji
  40. Finland
  41. Gabon
  42. Gambia
  43. Georgia
  44. Ghana
  45. Grenada
  46. Guatemala
  47. Guyana
  48. Haiti
  49. Honduras
  50. Hungary
  51. Hong Kong
  52. India
  53. English
  54. Ireland
  55. Iceland
  56. Italy
  57. Jamaica
  58. Japan
  59. German
  60. Canada
  61. Kazakhstan
  62. Kenya
  63. Marshall Islands
  64. Solomon Islands
  65. Kiribati
  66. Comoros
  67. South Korea
  68. Costa Rica
  69. Croatia
  70. Cuba
  71. Kuwait
  72. Kyrgyzstan
  73. Latvia
  74. Lebanon
  75. Lesotho
  76. Liechtenstein
  77. Lithuania
  78. Luxembourg
  79. Macao
  80. Madagascar
  81. Macedonia
  82. Maldives
  83. Malawi
  84. Mali
  85. Malta
  86. Morocco
  87. Mauritania
  88. Mauritius
  89. Mexico
  90. Egypt
  91. Moldova
  92. Monaco
  93. Mongolia
  94. Mozambique
  95. Namibia
  96. Nauru
  97. Nepal
  98. Nicaragua
  99. Norway
  100. Oman
  101. Palau
  102. Palestine
  103. Panama
  104. Ivory Coast
  105. Papua New Guinea
  106. Paraguay
  107. France
  108. Peru
  109. Poland
  110. Portugal
  111. Puerto Rico
  112. Qatar
  113. Dominican Republic
  114. Romania
  115. Russia
  116. Rwanda
  117. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  118. Saint Lucia
  119. Saint Vincent and the Grenades
  120. Samoa
  121. San Marino
  122. Sao Tomé and Principe
  123. New Zealand
  124. Senegal
  125. Serbia
  126. Seychelles
  127. Cyprus
  128. Slovakia
  129. Slovenia
  130. Spain
  131. Sri Lanka
  132. Suriname
  133. Swaziland
  134. Sweden
  135. Switzerland
  136. Taiwan
  137. Tajikistan
  138. Vatican City
  139. Cape Verde
  140. Tanzania
  141. Togo
  142. Tonga
  143. Trinidad and Tobago
  144. Tunis
  145. Türkiye
  146. Turkmenistan
  147. Tuvalu
  148. Uganda
  149. Ukraine
  150. United Arab Emirates
  151. Uruguay
  152. China
  153. Uzbekistan
  154. Vanuatu
  155. Venezuela
  156. Jordan
  157. Greece
  158. Zambia
  159. Zimbabwe

Which countries are exempted from the visa free entry suspension?

The only countries that are exempted from the suspension are those belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), i.e. Brunei, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Citizens of these countries can still enjoy visa free entry for up to 30 days, as long as they have a valid passport and a confirmed departure ticket.

With Emerhub, foreigners can simplify their visa process and focus on enjoying their trip to Indonesia. Contact Emerhub today and get a free consultation on visa options.

How Emerhub can help you with visa alternatives in Indonesia

Indonesia offers different types of immigration visas, such as e-VOA (Electronic Visa on Arrival), Visit Visa, or Limited Stay Visa. However, applying for these visas can be time-consuming, especially for foreigners who are not familiar with Indonesian regulations and procedures. That’s where Emerhub comes in. 

Our team assists foreigners with obtaining the right type of visa for their purpose of visit, whether it is tourism, business, work, or investment. Emerhub also helps foreigners with other aspects of their stay in Indonesia, such as company registration, tax compliance, and accounting.

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