Indonesia Health Alert Card

For foreign nationals who travel to Indonesia, quarantine is a common concern. There have been instances in the past where Indonesian authorities have quarantined individuals for reasons not always apparent, despite adequate precautions being taken for the stay duration.

Indonesia has one of the best healthcare facilities in Asia and the healthcare system is well equipped with modern infrastructure. However, it is still necessary for foreign nationals to carry out their own verification of hygiene and immunizations before entering the country. Foreigners traveling to Indonesia should carry an Indonesia Health Alert Card and proof of insurance. Foreigners who are below 18 years of age, foreigners working or studying in Indonesia, or any other foreigner not having permanent resident status in the country need to have an Indonesian Health Alert Card. Foreigners over the age limit who do not have a card are still required to have one.

According to Indonesia’s current health protocol, all foreign nationals who travel to Indonesia must present either a COVID 19 vaccine certificate or an Indonesian Certificate of Disease Registry. A CO VID 19 vaccination certificate is required for foreigners who travel to Indonesia. These vaccinations have been approved by the World Health Organization. They are recommended for all Indonesian visitors. However, foreign nationals coming to Indonesia need also to have had their immunization records in their country of permanent residence before visiting Indonesia. Anyone who travels to Indonesia from another country and is unable or unwilling to obtain their immunization records there must have an Indonesia health alert card.

Both countries share a commonality in healthcare issues and both are committed to maintaining high-quality healthcare systems. In Indonesia, the Indonesian Medicine Council (MMD) is the central coordinating body for medical affairs. All Indonesian health facilities follow a set of clinical standards. These standards are based on natural prevention, using both western and traditional medications. Both the Indonesian Certificate of Disease Registration and the CO VID 19 vaccination are strictly followed. Similarly, all foreign medical staff are required to have a certificate of clearance from the local Ministry of Health, and a health alert card issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Health.

The primary healthcare system in Indonesia is the private sector with most private hospitals in metropolitan cities being government-owned. Many private hospitals in Indonesia offer quality health services to their patients free of cost or at a subsidized rate. Some private hospitals in Indonesia will not accept patients unless they have a passport or other proofs of citizenship, while others may refuse all foreign patients unless they can provide evidence of insurance. The healthcare system in Indonesia has a high structure and hospitals are primarily responsible for managing hospitals and nursing homes. Healthcare providers rely on the Indonesian Ministry of Health for allocating resources and will cooperate with all foreign nationals seeking admission into their hospital.

Quarantine is frequently a major concern for foreign nationals coming to Indonesia. In the past, Indonesian authorities have quarantined people for reasons that were not always obvious despite taking adequate precautions for the duration of the stay. For example, a previous Australian restriction caused many of the B visa holders to become unable to leave Bali. This caused a large influx in Australian citizens looking for employment. Australia initially responded by declaring Bali “Quarantine zone”, effectively closing off the entire island to Australian residents. Due to this and other risks, it is important that all individuals applying for a non-immigrant visa understand what conditions they will be expected to abide by once in Indonesia.

The health declaration form gives basic information about a foreign national who wishes to reside in Indonesia. The form also requires the name, contact details and date of birth of each individual. The form also has specific requirements for foreign students and applicants for work. As well as providing information on the number of days of stay, the Indonesian citizens are required to list any family members who are settled in Indonesia, the name of any dependents and where they reside.

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