Visiting Indonesia Soon? Here’s What Every Malaysian Should Know Before Travelling

A guide on visiting Indonesia country
By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
May 27, 2022

As the globe seeks to move past the Covid epidemic and back to normalcy, governments have been dancing to various drummers in reopening international borders, which may cause uncertainty. 

In Southeast Asia, Malaysia has discontinued Covid insurance coverage for inbound travellers, but neighbour Thailand continues to enforce a US$10,000 fee. However, Bali was one of the first Southeast Asian paradises to reopen to international tourists selectively—originally in late 2021, before the net was expanded to include other parts of Indonesia.

Related article: Here’s A List Of Countries That Have Officially Lifted Quarantine-Requirements

Indonesia is unquestionably recognised for its crystal-clear water, beautiful volcanoes, jaw-dropping waterfalls, and unique fauna. Tourists regard the country as little more than a tropical sanctuary, a haven of luxury, or simply a place to unwind on the beach. But Indonesia is more than simply a holiday destination. While it has beautiful beaches and scenery, it is also a country full of people who have their own ideas and feelings, their own distinct culture, and way of life.

Whether you’re looking for the serenity of Bali, the pure seas of Raja Ampat, or the beauty of Lake Toba, here’s what Glitz wants you to know before booking a flight to Indonesia. 

From Malaysia to Indonesia, By Air

The Indonesian government has resumed a number of airports, seaports, and land border crossings for tourists. Soekarno Hatta (Jakarta), Ngurah Rai (Bali), Kualanamu (Medan), Juanda (Surabaya), Hasanuddin (Makassar), Sam Ratulangi (Manado), Lombok, Hang Nadim (Batam), and Yogyakarta are among these airports. Travellers from Sabah and Sarawak can stop in Entikong (West Kalimantan), Aruk (West Kalimantan), and Tunon Taka (North Kalimantan). 

No visa is necessary for Malaysians. For individuals who require special permission to enter Indonesia, the Indonesian government has revived the visa-on-arrival programme, which costs 500,000 rupiah and is valid for 30 days.

Click here to see which nations are given such flexibility.

Looking for affordable resorts in Indonesia? Read: 14 Affordable Resorts In Indonesia With Luxurious Landscaping

Is Quarantine Required? 

Although there is no forced quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from Malaysia, they are required to provide health and Covid vaccination information in paper or digital format, as well as evidence of travel insurance that covers Covid-related problems. Earlier, Indonesia demanded a negative PCR test result within 48 hours after departure. However, as of May 18, fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to be tested, according to Indonesian President Joao Widodo.

Anyone under the age of 18 will not be required to generate proof of immunisation. If you are unable to get vaccinated due to medical reasons or have just recovered from an infection (within the last 30 days of departure), you must present a letter from your doctor or a proof of health.

Complete your profile by downloading the Indonesian contact tracking programme Peduli Lindungi from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Other Health Safety Measurement

Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are encouraged. Some localities also prescribe typhoid immunizations and malaria prevention. If you are travelling from a nation where yellow fever is widespread, you may be asked to provide a yellow fever certificate upon entrance.

Stay Safe From The Pickpockets

We are all aware of the current status of the economy. Recently, the World Bank proclaimed a global currency slump. In general, you are more likely to be robbed in a European or American city than in Indonesia, and most journeys are trouble-free. However, it is important to remain vigilant in busy pubs and marketplaces because there is a little chance of pickpocketing or being accosted by scam artists—now more than ever. 

Don’t Drink Tap Water

Even residents in Indonesia do not drink tap water. They either buy bottled water or boil it. To be on the safe side, use bottled water for ice and tooth cleaning whenever feasible. If you are staying at a property for more than a few days, consider purchasing a large 19-litre bottle, which you can then swap for refills, rather than running through dozens of litre bottles during your trip.

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