Indonesia Suspends Visa-Free Entry for 159 Countries: Deets Inside

Indonesia has halted its visa-free visits policy for 159 countries due to concerns about public order disruptions and the potential transmission of diseases. The decision comes as the country seeks to address security and health risks, although it may have implications for the tourism industry.
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In a recent announcement, Indonesia has decided to temporarily suspend its visa-free visits policy for 159 countries effective June 17, as a response to concerns about potential disruptions to public order and the transmission of diseases.

The Ministry of Law and Human Rights made the decision to halt the visa-free visits policy (BVK) in order to safeguard the country’s security and well-being.

Addressing Security and Health Concerns

The decision by the Indonesian government aims to address apprehensions regarding public order disruptions and the transmission of diseases originating from countries that lack certification as disease-free by the World Health Organization.

This policy change will affect numerous countries that previously enjoyed visa-free visits, including several members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


Countries Exempt from Visa Requirement

Notably, citizens from 10 ASEAN countries namely…

  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Philippines
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam, and
  • Timor-Leste

…will be exempt from these visa requirements. Individuals from these countries will be permitted to stay in Indonesia for up to 30 days, provided they have a valid passport and confirmed departure ticket.

Duration of Visa-Free Suspension

Officials did not confirm the duration of the visa-free suspension. However, they said the measure was taken as a precautionary step to prevent the spread of diseases and to ensure public order.

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How to Extend Stay in Indonesia

Individuals who wish to extend their stay in Indonesia can apply for an Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VOA), Visit Visa, or Limited Stay Visa. These visas can be obtained at Indonesian embassies and consulates, or online through the Indonesian Immigration website.


Impact on the Indonesian Tourism Industry

The visa-free suspension is a major blow to the Indonesian tourism industry, which is already struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry is estimated to lose billions of dollars in revenue as a result of the suspension.

The Indonesian government has said it is committed to reopening its borders to international tourists as soon as possible. However, it is unclear when this will happen.

Advice for Travellers

In the meantime, to ensure a hassle-free travel experience, visitors are strongly advised to confirm their travel plans to Indonesia prior to departure and stay updated on any changes in entry conditions through relevant air carriers and embassies.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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