Last updated: 6 Jan 2022



The Capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is a city of contrasts, a fascinating Asian destination where on one side of the city old sailing schooners trade spices in a scenario that has not changed for centuries, while just streets away impressive new glass and steel skyscrapers create a skyline that has been transformed beyond all recognition over the last few decades.

Ragunan Zoo is interesting for visitors who don't have time to head east to Komodo National Park itself, where one can see the famous dragons in the flesh, as well as the equally fearsome Java tigers.

Many sightseeing trips starting off at the historic waterfront and the Kota district, and then head inland towards the Gambir and Menteng districts. Kota is home to the Jakarta History Museum, the Puppet Museum and the old port of Sunda Kelapa with its charming old schooners, which turn the clock back through the centuries and give a real flavour of old Batavia.

This is the most attractive part of the city and a great place to spend time in on a hot day when there are cooling sea breezes.
Capital:  Jakarta (JKT)
Currency:  Indonesia Rupiah (IDR) 
Language:  Bahasa Indonesia. Over 500 dialects are also spoken. Dutch is spoken as a second language. English is widely understood in the tourist areas. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 62
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +7 (covering Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan)
UTC /  GMT +8 (covering East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara)
UTC / GMT +9 (covering Maluku and Irian Jaya)
Public Holidays 2022: 

Jan 1; Feb 1, 28; Mar 3; Apr 15; May 1-3, 16, 26; Jun 1; Jul 9, 30; Aug 17; Oct 8; Dec 25

Side of the Road: Left. 
Best Time to Go: May – September (dry season)      
Best for: Beach Resorts, Surfing, Religious Sites.
Plugs: 220volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs used are European-style with two circular metal pins.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised. Bottled water is available. 
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.  Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. Medication is expensive: if you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.
Customs: Muslim women prefer not to shake hands. Shoes should be removed before entering a home or place of worship. Avoid using your left hand, especially when eating. Respect to religious customs should also be shown during the month of Ramadan. Public displays of affection should be avoided. While Bali is casual, dress should be conservative in Muslim areas (such as Aceh) and when visiting religious buildings. Beachwear and revealing clothing should be reserved for the beach / poolside and resort areas. Avoid causing someone to “lose face” by insulting them or contradicting them in public, or by showing too much anger.
Local Offences / Laws: Beggars, buskers and unofficial tour guides can be fined. Gambling is illegal. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Permission should be asked before photographing the interior of mosques. Terrorist bombings occurred in 2005. Certain regions may not be safe for travel – check the local political situation before travelling. 
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Indonesia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic beverages.
• Gifts up to a value of US$250 per person or US$1,000 per family.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited and restricted goods include narcotics, firearms and ammunition, air guns, sharp weapons, explosives, pornography, animals, fish, plants, films and video recordings.
Prohibited Exports: It is forbidden to take tortoise shells, crocodile skins or ivory out of the country.

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 19/09/2021

Passengers who are not nationals or residents of Indonesia are not permitted to enter Indonesia.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Indonesia, except through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) or Manado Sam Ratulangi Airport (MDC).
  • Visitor visas and limited stay visas issued by Indonesia to nationals of India are currently suspended.
  • Electronic visas (E-visas) issued by Indonesia are not accepted for entry.
  • Foreign passengers are not permitted to enter or transit though Indonesia. This includes seaman.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers, provided they have not been in India in the past 14 days:
    • Passengers with a diplomatic, official or service stay permit;
    • Passengers holding an Indonesia Temporary Residence Card (KITAS) or Indonesia Permanent Residence Card (KITAP);
    • Passengers holding written permission from the Indonesian authorities;
    • Passengers holding a diplomatic visa or a service visa for official visits at Ministerial level or higher;
    • Passengers travelling for health, emergency, and humanitarian reasons, provided holding authorisation from the relevant Ministry or Agency;
    • Transport personnel.

Specific regulations for vaccinated passengers

  • Foreign passengers must hold a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or vaccination card proving that they have been fully vaccinated with full dose. The vaccination certificate is accepted in either physical or digital form.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Passengers holding a diplomatic or service visa, provided they are part of a foreign official or state visit on ministerial level and higher rank;
    • Passengers holding proof that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons;
    • Passengers entering Indonesia under the Travel Corridor Arrangement scheme, provided they will comply with the strict health protocols;
    • Crew members;
    • Passengers holding proof they are eligible to participate in the Indonesia national vaccination program;
    • Passengers aged 17 years and younger; or
    • Passengers in transit for international flights out of Indonesia, provided they do not leave the airport.
  • Nationals of Indonesia will be vaccinated on arrival at the place of quarantine after a second RT-PCR Test is carried out with negative results.
    • This does not apply to nationals of Indonesia who are holding a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or vaccination card proving that they have been fully vaccinated with full dose. The vaccination certificate is accepted in either physical or digital form.
  • Unvaccinated passengers either aged 12-17 years, holding diplomatic or official residence permits, or holding an Indonesia Temporary Residence Card (KITAS) or Indonesia Permanent Residence Card (KITAP) must vaccinate through the national vaccination scheme or Gotong Royong after arrival, after a second RT-PCR Test is carried out with negative results.

Form requirements

  • Passengers must complete an electronic Health Alert Card and present the QR code on arrival. The form can be obtained using the Peduli Lindungi application on Android or Apple.
  • Nationals of Indonesia travelling from Estonia or Finland are advised to hold a letter from their nearest Indonesian Embassy clarifying the purpose of their travel.
  • Passengers who are residents of Bali are required to complete a statement and guarantee letter prior to travel. This can be downloaded here.

Test and vaccination requirements

  • All passengers must hold a negative PCR test result tested within 72 hours (starting from the test time and including weekends) prior to the scheduled flight departure time.
  • Passengers who will continue with domestic travel after arriving in Indonesia must hold a negative PCR test or Rapid-Test certificate obtained within 14 days prior to departure.
  • Passengers who are residents of Bali but do not hold an Indonesian Identity Card (KTP) may be refused entry unless they are holding a negative swab test PCR result prior to departure proving that they are free of Covid-19.

Quarantine and testing requirements

  • Passengers must quarantine for 8 days on arrival.
  • Passengers will be subject to an RT-PCR test on arrival and a second test on day 7 of their 8 day quarantine period.
  • Indonesian migrant workers (PMI), students, or government officials must quarantine in Wisma Pademangan for Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) or in a quarantine location that is designated by local authorities.
  • Other Indonesian nationals and foreign passengers must quarantine at a designated hotel at their own expense. This does not apply to the head of foreign representatives and their family who may quarantine at home.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Passengers holding a diplomatic or official visa, provided they are part of a foreign official or state visit at ministerial level or higher; or
    • Passengers travelling under the Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA).

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

a) The Indonesian Embassy
949 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083
P.O Box 13155, Hatfield, 0082, Pretoria, 0002
Tel: (012) 342 3350
Fax: (012) 342-3369
Consular:0900 -1200 Mon-Fri

Indonesian Consulate-General
124 Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth,
7708, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 761-7015
Fax: (021) 761-7022
Visa Hours: 09h30 - 13h00 (Mon-Fri)

Visa Requirements

Visas are required by SA passport holders and can be issued on arrival in Indonesia if the purpose of the visit is tourism, business, social & cultural visits and official government business, giving lecture or attending a seminar, attending a meeting held by HQ or representative office in Indonesia or continuing onto another country.The visa on arrival will be issued for a stay of up to 30 days. Anything longer than 30 days, a visa has to be obtained PRIOR to arrival .
The passport must be valid for more than 6 months upon arrival date and have at least 2 blank pages, passenger is to be in possession of return ticket, proof of accommodation  and an invitation letter from Indonesia for business and social visits.   Visas are FREE for SA passport holders.

The link
shows the list of countries and PORT OF ENTRY that has the free visa facility. If your port of entry is not on the list, it means that the passenger is to apply for a visa prior to arrival.

NOTE: When in Bali, it is better to take USD cash and exchange it in Bali. Credit cards are accepted but not all places accept them.

SA Representative

South African Embassy.
Suite 705, 7th Fl, Wisma GKBI.
JI Jend. Sudirman No. 28 Jakarta, 10210
Tel: (006221) 2991 2500

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Japanese Encephalitis (Not available in SA), Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk