Last update 14 August 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Indonesia
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of Indonesia
Address: Jakarta 10310, 34-36, Jalan Imam Bonjol
Telephone: +62 21 390 40 48; +62 21 391 31 30
Telephone/fax: +62 21 390 40 49
Emergency out-of-hours hotline: +62 81296000691
Opening hours for citizens:
9:00 – 12:30 every working day from Monday to Friday.
Admission of citizens requires prior appointment by phone or e-mail.
E-mail: [email protected]
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Sofia
Address: 53 Simeonovsko Shose Blvd., Residence 4, 5 Joseph Valdhart St.
Telephone: +359 2 962 52 40; +359 2 962 61 70
Working hours: 8.30 – 12.30; 13.00 – 16.30
Fax: +359 2 962 44 18
E-mail: [email protected]
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in the Republic of Bulgaria
Mr. Gueorgi Shopov
Office: 5000 Veliko Tarnovo, 2 Stefan Stambolov St.
GSM: +359 888 843 900, + 359 884 059 050
E-mail: [email protected]
Mr. Borislav Petrov
Office: 2770 Bansko; 1 Khan Asparuh St.; Fantasia Residential Building,
GSM:+359 886 566 266
E-mail: [email protected]
There are religious and ethnic conflicts in many areas of Indonesia, posing a real danger to the personal safety of foreign citizens. Extremely dangerous are the Maluku islands and the Aceh province, where foreigners should travel only in extreme cases. Separatist sentiments in the provinces of Papua and West Papua (also called Irian Jaya) are growing. In August 2019, a series of incidents provoked numerous protests. As of September 2019, foreigners' access to the two provinces is restricted to ensure their safety. There are also known outbreaks of tension in some areas of Kalimantan (Borneo) and Sulawesi. Visits to West Timor are not recommended until the refugee problem from the eastern part of the island is resolved. The island of Bali, characterised by relative calm, was the scene of one of the biggest terrorist attacks. There were also serious clashes between Muslims and Christians on the island of Lombok, forcing the evacuation of foreigners.
The level of crime is low, but the criminal environment is constantly deteriorating, especially in Jakarta and other major cities. Petty street crime is most common — bag snatching, tyre bursting, etc., but organised robberies and attacks on houses in affluent neighbourhoods are also on the rise. When hiring a taxi, it is recommended to do this in advance or via the large hotels.
Medical care is at a relatively low level, except in several hospitals in Jakarta.
Bulgarian citizens do not need any vaccinations unless they arrive from a country with yellow fever. The main diseases in the country are malaria and dengue, which are transmitted by mosquitoes. The use of mosquito repellents is imperative. The authorities advise people to try to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, to wear clothes that cover the body tightly, to use anti-mosquito repellents, to sleep under anti-mosquito nets, to seek immediate medical assistance in case they feel unwell (especially in case of fever and rash), special attention to pregnant women, or those wishing to become pregnant soon (if possible avoid travelling to affected areas). There is malaria in Irian Jaya (all areas), in some rural areas and small islands. Dengue is spread throughout the country. There is no vaccine against this disease. Personal hygiene, eating at renowned restaurants, avoiding dairy foods, avoiding consumption of wet fruits, using wet utensils and cutlery, drinking non-alcoholic drinks without ice — these are just some of the additional recommendations. Only mineral or bottled water should be consumed.
Specifics of the local legislation:
At the end of September 2022, the parliament of the Aceh province, in fulfillment of its set goal of fully implementing Sharia law, passed two more local acts in accordance with the Sharia Penal Code. Indecent behaviour, gambling, alcohol use, homosexual acts are prohibited and severely punished in the province, including heavy fines and corporal punishment — by up to 100 lashes.
The acts are intended to apply to all persons in the territory of the province, regardless of their sex, religion, nationality, citizenship, period or purpose of residence, including foreign tourists and temporary foreign residents.
Items for personal use, the value of which does not exceed 250 USD, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 1 litre of alcohol, etc. are imported duty-free. The import of any kinds of weapons, drugs, explosives, radio stations, colour photocopiers, pornography, books in Chinese, Chinese medicines is prohibited. There are extremely severe penalties for importing drugs, in some cases even resulting in death sentences.
Films, video tapes and discs should be submitted for inspection.
Imports and exports of more than 5 000 000 Indonesian rupiah should be declared.
Customs requirements for Indonesia can be downloaded from the following address: https://cpadm.mfa.bg/upload/1967/Indonesia.pdf
Indonesia is located in an area of high seismic activity. There are about 130 active volcanoes in the country, which can erupt either after months of visible volcanic activity or suddenly. This can lead to temporary suspension or diversion of air traffic and airport closures. The country is at risk of earthquakes, so serious consideration should be given to the quality of the accommodation rented during an extended stay. There are active volcanoes all over the country, including the Bali island. It is therefore recommended to monitor local media and strictly follow the instructions of the authorities. Before travelling, Bulgarian citizens should ensure that they have valid medical insurance covering emergency assistance, including as a result of volcanic activity. If evacuation is likely due to volcanic activity, you should contact your tour operator or airline promptly to ensure that you will be transported to a safe location.
Indonesia classifies the risk level of active volcanoes according to a four-tier system — Level I (normal/normal), Level II (advisory/waspada), Level III (watch/siaga) and Level IV (warning/awas). Up-to-date information on the level of risk of volcanoes in Indonesia can be found on the website of the Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources http://www.vsi.esdm.go.id/ (Indonesian language only). When visiting the site, a list of volcanoes with a risk level above II can be seen on the right. As of 31.12.2018, only Sinabung volcano in northern Sumatra is at the fourth highest risk level; four other volcanoes are at the second highest risk level — Agung on Bali, Krakatoa between Sumatra and Java, Karangetang on Siau island near Sulawesi, and Soputan in northern Sulawesi.
Bulgarian citizens should inform themselves in advance about volcanic activity in the areas they visit, follow strict instructions from local authorities, comply with any prohibitions from their side not to enter a certain radius of volcanoes with a high risk of eruption and follow local media. It should be taken into account that the level of risk of volcanoes can be changed in a short time.
Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
Travel papers and visas
Visa on Arrival
As of 28 April 2022, the list of countries to which the Visa on Arrival programme for tourism applies includes the Republic of Bulgaria. The requirements for Visa on Arrival are as follows:
- passport valid for a minimum of 6 months; - departure ticket or onward ticket to another country; - proof of paid visa fee of IDR 500 000 /ca. BGN 62 at the exchange rate of the day/.
Visa on Arrival allows the holder to stay up to 30 days, which can be extended once for an additional 30 days at the immigration office in the region where the foreigner resides. The visa shall be issued at the border crossing points indicated in the Annex.
Visa Waiver or Visa on Arrival may be granted to foreign nationals who are visiting on official business or have official obligations to attend international events for which additional requirements will apply: the invitation from the Indonesian Government to participate in the international event should be attached. Visa Waiver or Visa on Arrival applies to holders of diplomatic, official or regular passports.
Visa on Arrival (VoA) and Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VoA) are issued for the following purposes:
- official visit;
- business meetings;
- delivery of goods;
- official meetings;
The stamp that will be affixed upon entry into Indonesia using Visa on Arrival (VoA) and Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VoA) will serve as a stay permit for a maximum of 30 days. The stay can be extended for an additional 30 days at the Immigration Office in the area of residence of the foreigner.
When applying for an Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VoA), the foreigner can make a payment with a card (Visa, Mastercard or JCB) and receive the e-VoA on their device by visiting the e-VoA website www.molina.imigration.go.id. This way, the foreigner can go directly to the immigration counter without queuing at the counter to pay visa fees.
Further information on how to apply for an Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VoA) is published on the following websites: www.molina.imigration.go.id ; www.imigration.go.id ; https://bit.ly/Publikasi-EVOA ; [email protected] ; [email protected].
Limited stay visas
The following types of basic visas are issued for limited stays:
- C312 Visa (Work), including expert teams on quality control and financial audit of companies in Indonesia;
- C313 Visa (1 year, Foreign Investment projects in Indonesia);
- C314 Visa (2 years, Foreign Investment projects in Indonesia);
- C316 Visa (Education/Training);
- C317 Visa (Joining Family).
The application for a visa for a limited stay is made via the online page: https://visa-online.imigrasi.go.id/ or at the Indonesian Embassy. Bulgarian citizens wishing to apply for this type of visa should have a local guarantor/sponsor for the period of their visit to Indonesia.
Diplomatic and official passports:
Holders of diplomatic and service passports are exempt from visas for entry, transit or stay for up to 30 days. It is a mandatory requirement that the passport is valid for at least 6 months at the date of entry.
Your passport must have at least one blank page so that the entry visa can be affixed to it. There should be no other visa stamps on the back of this page other than the border control stamps.
Issuance of identity documents:
Since 01 June 2012 the Embassy in Jakarta has been equipped with a biometric station. Bulgarian citizens residing in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam can apply for issuance of the new type of Bulgarian identity documents such as ID cards, driving licences, passports and temporary passports.
Registration of birth, marriage or death — specifying documents to be obtained from local civil registers.
Certifications and legalizations:
Bulgaria and Indonesia are parties to the 1961 Hague Convention on the Abolition of the Requirement of Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents. Therefore, the documents/deeds drawn up in each of the two countries should bear an ‘Apostille’ by the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as translated and duly authenticated in order to serve before the authorities of the other country.