How to get to Indonesia from Malaysia from May 1, 2022

Keep up to date with the latest travel restrictions if you plan to travel to Indonesia.

As the world seeks to move beyond the Covid pandemic to a return to normality, countries have walked at different paces in reopening international borders, which can be confusing.

In Southeast Asia, Malaysia has bid farewell to Covid insurance coverage for inbound travellers, while neighboring Thailand still imposes a $10,000 requirement at the time of writing, despite mandatory quarantine having been lifted to the delight of many.

Tourist magnet Bali was one of the first Southeast Asian idylls to selectively reopen to international tourism – initially in late 2021 before the network was expanded to include other parts of Indonesia. Whether you seek the tranquility of Bali, the crystal clear waters of Raja Ampat or the magnificence of Lake Toba, here’s what you need to know before embarking on your trip from Malaysia.

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How to travel from Malaysia to Indonesia by leisure and by air – correct as of May 1, 2022:

The Indonesian government has reopened some airports, seaports and land border checkpoints for tourism. These airports include Soekarno Hatta (Jakarta), Ngurah Rai (Bali), Kualanamu (Medan), Juanda (Surabaya), Hasanuddin (Makassar), Sam Ratulangi (Manado), Lombok, Hang Nadim (Batam) and Yogyakarta. For those traveling from Sabah and Sarawak, you can pass through Entikong (West Kalimantan), Aruk (West Kalimantan) and Tunon Taka (North Kalimantan).

For Malaysians, no visa is required. However, for those who need a visa to enter Indonesia, the Indonesian government has reinstated visa on arrival, which costs 500,000 rupees and is valid for 30 days.

Click here to find out which nationalities benefit from this leeway.

Although Indonesia does not impose a mandatory quarantine on fully vaccinated people, travelers are required to provide Covid health and vaccination information in printed or digital form, in addition to proof of travel insurance which covers Covid-related complications. A negative PCR test result taken no later than 48 hours before departure is also required.

Anyone under the age of 18 will not be required to show proof of vaccination. If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or if you have recently recovered from an infection (no more than 30 days before departure), you must provide a letter from your doctor or a certificate of recovery. More on that below.

Don’t forget to download Indonesian contact tracing app Peduli Lindungi from Google Play or Apple App Store and complete your profile.

If you are only partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, you must undergo a five-day quarantine at your own expense. You are also subjected to a PCR test on arrival, with another on the fourth day. The same applies to minors if accompanied by partially or unvaccinated guardians.

Even if you are fully vaccinated but have symptoms of Covid, you must also undergo a PCR test on arrival. You are not allowed to leave your accommodation while waiting for the result.

It’s as simple as that. Have a good trip!


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