COVID-19 Travel & Visa Information

Page last updated (11-Apr-2023). Indonesia’s 'PeduliLindungi' app, has been replaced with SATUSEHAT Mobile appiOS Apple store / Android Google play (Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia). Please download this replacement app to your phone.

For those who are fully vaccinated, you will NO LONGER need to do a PCR test prior to flying to Indonesia. If you’re planning to visit Indonesia in the near future, we need to kindly remind you to stay updated with the latest international travel regulations and comply with all the health protocols.

The Government of Indonesia has extended Visa On Arrival (VOA) to 86 nationalities, plus Visa Exemption Arrangement (VEP) to more ASEAN members. NEW (10-Nov-2022) you can now apply for an electronic Visa On Arrival: e-VOA prior to your travel, making it super easy.  See the official e-VOA for details.  Those nationalities not on the list may apply for an eVisa (B211A) BEFORE arrival.  Showing insurance coverage statement for COVID-19 treatment in Indonesia is NO LONGER required.  However, dive & travel insurance are complusory for our trips.  See our 'Insurance' section further below or our Booking Information page 'Travel Insurance' section for more details.

The information within this page is sourced from official websites from the Government of Indonesia local Embassy of Indonesia, Tourism Indonesia Travel, and our own local sources. We will keep to official updates rather than speculation / news unconfirmed news articles. We of course will endeavour to update this page with any changes as they are officially announced.

Announcement: Back in Operations!

  • Our KM Blue Manta. See her schedules, prices, & availabilities here.
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  • We have now been back, operating in Indonesia, post Covid-19, for over 1 year now. While there have been many challenges since our restart we have been thrilled to get back to doing what we love best, sharing amazing diving adventures with our guests in some of the world’s greatest diving destinations. While it is clear we will all have to learn to live with Covid-19 we believe it is now time to update our Covid-19 boarding & onboard policy, bringing our procedures in line with those set by local & national government agencies of Indonesia (and many other countries) as follows;

Update / advice regarding COVID-19:

  • All crew members are checked at the start / end of each trip with an Antigen Test Kit (ATK). 
  • Prior to and during the early stages of your trip, we recommend all guests wear a mask, wash hands regularly, try to avoid too much contact with others, and practice sensible social distancing where possible. We strongly recommend that a suitable face mask is worn while inside airports & on the aircraft on your way to join our vessels.
  • Please test yourself with an Antigen Test Kit (ATK) before leaving home. If feeling unwell & testing positive then we strongly advise against travel. We therefore recommend that you check your travel insurance will cover for positive COVID-19 interrupting your travel plans.
  • We ask that all guests bring at least 1x home Antigen Test Kit (ATK) & test themselves upon arrival to Indonesia prior to boarding.
  • International guests boarding our vessels will be assumed vaccinated after checks carried out at departure & arrival airports. Domestic guests will be asked to show proof of vaccination upon arrival.
  • In the event of positive cases onboard individuals who are symptomatic, or asymptomatic but tested positive for COVID-19 will be kindly requested to exercise safe social distancing by minimising social interactions and avoiding crowded spaces onboard. When possible, we will provide a dedicated quarantine cabin for self-isolation.
  • In the event of severe, prolonged, worsening symptoms or emergencies our cruise leader & captain will be in charge. If evacuation to a local medical facility is required, any costs will be borne by the guest/ travel insurance.

Entry points and Visa requirements to Indonesia:

  • Entry Airport: Currently entry to Indonesia is possible via major airports, including; Jakarta (CGK), Surabaya (SUB), Manado (MDC), Makassar (UPG), & Bali (DPS).
  • Visas:
    1. Visa On Arrival (VOA), single entry is now available for citizens of 86 countries for those entering Indonesia, including major hubs such as Bali, Jakarta, Manado, Makassar airports, for stay up to 30 days and can be extended for a maximum 1 time at the local Immigration Office (charges apply). VOA cost: IDR 500,000 (approx. EUR 32 / USD 35). Payment can be done by: Visa, Mastercard or Debit Card or Cash Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
    2. NEW (10-Nov-2022) you can now apply for an electronic Visa On Arrival: e-VOA prior to your travel, making it super easy.  See the official e-VOA for details. Also find General Information & Application.  Simply register, and fill in data & uploading documents, make your payment, and receive your e-VOA to your email.  Easy!
    3. Visa Exemption Arrangment (VEA). Available to ASEAN travelers, but you cannot extend this visa beyond your 30 day stay.
    4. Other countries. If you are from one of countries not on the VOA or VEA lists, or if you simply wish to get a visa in advance, you MUST apply for an eVisa (B211A) online PRIOR to arrival before entering all other airports.

Pre Travel to Indonesian, all entrants must have:

  • Note: International travellers is Indonesian citizens or Foreign nationals who travelled from overseas in the last 14 days.
  • FAQs / check list:
    1. Passport is in good order with validity of at least 6 months and at least 4 empty pages.
    2. Show the COVID-19 card or certificate (physical or digital) has received the full dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure. Note: 1x COVID-19 vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik V or Convidecia are accepted. Note: Indonesian citizens aged 18 years and above who will travel abroad from Indonesia are required to show a card/certificate (physical or digital) of receiving the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine (booster) which is shown through the PeduliLindungi app.
    3. International travellers MUST download and use SATUSEHAT Mobile appiOS Apple store / Android Google play (Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia), replacing the previous 'Peduli Lindungi app.'  Please download this replacement app prior to entering Indonesia.  
    4. All guests MUST adhere to Health Protocols as implemented by the Government of Indonesia.
    5. Already had and recovered from COVID-19? In the event that the intenationl traveller is confirmed positive for COVID-19 maximum 30 days before departure and is declared inactive in transmitting, then it is excluded from the obligation to show the vaccination card/certificate. Mandatory attach a doctor's certificate from the Government Hospital of the country of departure or the ministry that carries out government affairs in the health sector in the country of departure stating that the person concerned is no longer actively transmitting COVID-19 or a certificate of recovering COVID-19.
    6. Return ticket or a one-way ticket to continue the journey to another country (for VOA & eVISA holders).
  • Note: The above conditions are subject to change / amendment & additions at short notice. All guests are responsible for ensuring they follow current Indonesian rules & regulations regarding entrance & compliance. You may access updated Indonesian entry requirements at your local Embassy of Indonesia. Airline carrier, Garuda Indonesia have updated flight requirements also.
  • Note: Passengers are expected to prepare all original documents (and copy in English, if not already) prior to arrival at the departure airport and present it upon check-in.

Arrival Procedure at Entrance of Indonesia:

  • Note: International travellers is Indonesian citizens or Foreign nationals who travelled from overseas in the last 14 days. Download & complete e-CD (Customs Declaration) app Google Play or iOS
  • To facilitate quicker processing upon departure from home country & arrival to Indonesia, passengers are requested to prepare & print a hard copy of each; COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate, return ticket, plus have downloaded the SATUSEMAT Mobile app.  iOS Apple store / Android Google play to your phone.
  • Note: Any problems with this app, so long as it is downloaded, the local officials will be on hand to help upon arrival. Hard copies.  The advice we have received, which has allowed for a smooth entry for all of our guests so far, is to please make sure you bring, printed/ hard copies of your vaccination certificates, & return flights for inspection.
  • Upon arrival, international travelers are required to undergo a symptom health check related to COVID-19 including checking body temperature and proceed with the following conditions:
  • Does not have symptoms related to COVID-19 and has a body temperature below 37.5 degrees Celsius.
    1. For international travellers who have received the second or third dose of vaccine at least 14 days before departure, are allowed to continue the journey.
    2. For international travellers with special health conditions or comorbid diseases that cause travelers to have not and/or are unable to take part in the COVID-19 vaccination, they are allowed to continue the journey by attaching a doctor's certificate from the Government Hospital of the country of departure stating that the person concerned has not and/or not can follow the COVID-19 vaccination.
    3. International travelers with the status of Indonesian citizens who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination, either the first dose, the second dose, or the third dose are required to undergo vaccination at the entry point for overseas travel after a symptom check is carried out..
    4. International travelers with the status of foreign nationals who are already in Indonesia and will travel, both domestically and internationally, are required to undergo vaccination through a program or mutual cooperation scheme in accordance with the provisions of the legislation.
  • For those who have a body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius
  • Mandatory to undergo RT-PCR re-examination and continue with:
    1. Inspection of immigration documents and customs documents.
    2. Baggage collection and baggage disinfection.
    3. Pick-up and drop-off directly to the hotel, lodging accommodation, or place of residence.
    4. Waiting for the results of the RT-PCR examination in hotel rooms, rooms at lodging accommodations, or places of residence, and are not allowed to leave hotel rooms, rooms at lodging accommodations, or residences and are not allowed to interact with other people before the results of the RT-PCR examination showed negative results
    5. Note: The cost of RT-PCR re-examination is borne by the government for Indonesian citizens and the costs are borne independently for Foreign nationals
  • For those who do RT-PCR test upon arrival
    1. The results of the RT-PCR upon arrival are negative, then they are allowed to continue their journey.
    2. The results of the RT-PCR upon arrival are Positive:
    3. If asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms, isolation/treatment is carried out in isolation hotels or centralized isolation facilities established by the government or self-isolation at the residence; or
    4. If it is accompanied by moderate or severe symptoms and/or with uncontrolled comorbidities, will be isolated/treated at a Covid-19 referral hospital with isolation/treatment time according to recommendations from doctors and recommendations from the Ministry of Health
    5. Isolation/treatment costs for foreigners are borne independently, while for Indonesian citizens it is borne by the government.


Domestic Travel in Indonesia:

  • Updated (25-Aug-2022) For domestic travellers in Indonesia with the status of foreign citizen, originating from overseas with the age of 18 years and above must have received the second dose of vaccination.  Other domestic travellers within Indonesia, must show their COVID-19 third dose (booster) for domestic travel.

On Board:

Returning home:

  • Some international travellers departing Indonesia, depending on your return destination, may be required to have taken a negative COVID-19 test 24-48 hours prior to boarding. Please ensure you are familiar with the requirements of your home country and that of your airline carrier.
  • Alternatively our Cruise Leader can assist in taking you to a local mecial facility to arrange. Depending on trip, you can book a RT-PCR test online in Bali, Labuan Bajo, Jakarta, Manado, Balikpapan, Ambon, Sorong. Costs vary IDR275,000 to IDR375,000. Check for Test appointment booking notice. Results between 24-36 hours, or pay extra for Gold service, then 12 hours. Results can be sent to you phone.
  • Note: Rules may change at short notice. It will be the responsibility of all guests to ensure that they meet the requirements to leave and enter the country of (return) destination. While we will do our best to assist, the fulfilment of the requirements is the responsibility of the passenger. Before travelling, we suggest taking advice from your airline carrier(s) and local Embassy of Indonesian, to ensure you are familiar with the current exit/ entry guidelines set by them. 


  • Travel insurance is compulsory for our trips. Our trips are not inclusive of any form of insurance. White Manta Diving cannot be held responsible for any trip disruption or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or any flight / hotel expenses. This includes any costs related to COVID-19 issues, resulting in delay/ medical/ extraction/ quarantine/ or trip costs incurred due to potential positive testing / refusal of admittance to the country or your trip, before, during or after. We strongly recommend all guests purchase adequate travel insurance, as such an occurance will affect all guests on trip. Please see our Booking Information page 'Travel Insurance' section for more details.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away. Contact us, where we will be happy to help.