What is an Indonesia Health Alert Card?
For foreign nationals who travel to Indonesia, quarantine is a common concern. 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.
Indonesia has one of the best healthcare facilities in Asia and the healthcare system is well equipped with modern infrastructure. Foreign nationals must still verify their hygiene and immunizations prior to 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 who are above the age limit but lacking a card still need 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. Foreign nationals who travel to Indonesia must have their immunization records from their country of permanent residence. An Indonesia health alert card is also compulsory for anyone travelling outside of the country who is unable to obtain their immunization records in their country of permanent residence.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. The CO VID 19 vaccine and the Indonesian Certificate of Disease Registration are both strictly adhered to. 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 is highly structured and the role of hospitals is primarily to administer hospitals and nursing homes. The Indonesian Ministry of Health is the body that allocates resources to healthcare providers. They will also cooperate with any foreign nationals who apply for admission to their hospital.Quarantine is frequently a major concern for foreign nationals coming to Indonesia. 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. Many B visa holders were unable to leave Bali because of a previous Australian restriction. 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. This and other risks make it important for all applicants for non-immigrant visas to understand the conditions they will have to adhere to once they arrive in Indonesia.The health declaration form provides basic information on the status of any foreign national wishing to live 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. The form must include information about the length of the stay and the names of any dependents.