Do not travel to Indonesia due to the Global Health Advisory and Embassy Jakarta’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens.
On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification.
On March 25, the Department of State allowed for the Ordered Departure of all eligible family members (EFMs) under age 21 from Embassy Jakarta, Consulates Medan and Surabaya, and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.
Commercial flight options may become limited, as well as decreased medical evacuation options from Indonesia. Indonesia’s health system has limited capacity to test for the virus causing COVID-19. Travelers should consider these factors and their health before traveling to Indonesia and follow the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus if they decide to travel.
If you travel to Indonesia, you should:
- Have a plan to depart Indonesia which does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
- Read CDC information on COVID-19 and information about Indonesia.
- Read the CDC’s latest recommendations for the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
Exercise increased caution in Indonesia due to terrorism and natural disasters. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Reconsider travel to:
- Central Sulawesi and Papua due to civil unrest.
Country Summary: Terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in Indonesia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting police stations, places of worship, hotels, bars, nightclubs, markets/shopping malls, and restaurants.
Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis or volcano eruptions may result in disruptions to transportation, infrastructure, sanitation, and the availability of health services.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Indonesia:
- Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
- Visit the websites for Badan Geologi (Indonesian Geological Agency, Indonesian language only) and Badan Nasional Penaggulangan Bencana (National Board for Disaster Management) for the latest information from the Government of Indonesia on current natural disasters.
- Review the CDC’s suggestions on how to prepare for natural disasters.
- Be aware of your personal safety and security at all times.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Indonesia.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Central Sulawesi and Papua – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Shootings continue to occur in the area between Timika and Grasberg in Papua. In Central Sulawesi and Papua, violent demonstrations and conflict could result in injury or death to U.S. citizens. Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Central Sulawesi and Papua as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization before traveling to those areas.
Last Update: Reissued with increased Advisory Level due to impacts relating to ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19 and the ordered departure status for EFMs under 21 for Mission Indonesia.
Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State