5 Things You Need To Know About Dental Tourism In Indonesia
Cost makes people think twice to have proper dental treatments. Dental costs, especially surgery treatments such as wisdom tooth removal, dental implant placement, or premium prosthodontics treatments may need careful budgeting. Especially for those who don’t have dental insurance.
Fortunately, there’s always an alternative to save your money. It’s overseas dental treatment who have become very popular in the last decade. The main drive behind dental tourism is to find the most affordable yet quality dental care. While the location is a big aspect too. Part of it is the “tourism” or “vacation” factor, so people want to enjoy their stay.
Indonesia has been one of the main dental tour destinations in Asia. So, we’ve listed 5 things you need to know about dental tourism in Indonesia:
1. It’s Worth It
Dentistry is now extremely similar all around the world. Dental education is openly available and connected now. For example, our best dentists travel overseas at least once a year to do continuous studies in countries like USA, Germany, or Singapore. And, a large number of dental professionals also speak English.
Compared to countries like the US, Australia, and Singapore the treatment cost considerably less. It’s because they pay a much lower overhead costs, like rent, electricity, and staff. For comparison, the average monthly rent for a 350 square-feet space in Singapore is about USD3300, while in Indonesia the average monthly rent is USD750.
For foreigners who plan dental treatments in Indonesia, a quick tips for you: the best clinics are often found in larger cities. Unless you’re fine with traveling all the way just to see your dentist in specific location, you can take advantage of a business trip or vacation to places like Jakarta and Bali.
2. The Cost
Overseas dental treatment can save you money. Here are the costs of the most common types of dental procedures you can get in Indonesia compared to cost in neighbouring countries such as Australia and Singapore:
Cost in USD (average)**
Endodontic / Root Canal Treatment
Crown and Bridge
Full Denture (1 Jaw)
Porcelain Veneer (Indirect)
Odontectomy (Wisdom teeth removal)*
Dental Implant + crown
*Treatment by Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
** Average price, final price is determined on each case
3. Why Indonesia
Indonesia is a large country. It has many tourist attractions. Depending on what you like, Indonesia offers a wide range of beaches, hill views, tropical forest adventures, historical heritages, and many more. It also has 21 airports serving its major cities, islands and tourist areas.
Accommodation options in Indonesia include luxury resorts & hotels, budget hotels, homestays and hostels. Therefore if you plan to have a dental tour, the options are wide. You can choose according to your budget & preferences.
In terms of facility, Indonesia has well-equipped dental clinics offering high quality services at affordable prices. Many clinics offer packages that include treatments and procedures, recovery and rehabilitation, a holiday, accommodation and transportation for medical tourists.
Aesthetics Dental Care, for example, provide a comprehensive packages that include the treatments, airport transfers, accommodation, holiday packages, and more. We have a dedicated Treatment Coordinator for overseas patients that will help you from your arrival to your departure from the country. And all these will be adjusted to your budget. Easy! How? Chat with us through whatsapp or here.
4. Visa Policy
Another important thing to know before you travel to Indonesia are the types of visa you may plan to apply. There is no specific visa offered by Indonesia for dental tourists. Here are your options:
Enter Indonesia without a visa, as long as you leave within 30 days
Foreigners from countries which are included in the 169 Visa Free Country List are entitled for visa exemption, may enter Indonesia from 124 immigration checkpoints and granted a 30 days stay that cannot be extended. Mandatory requirements includes: passport with minimum 6 months validity and return/through tickets.
Visa on Arrival
Foreigners can apply for Visa-On-Arrival in Indonesia, if their nationality is included on visa-on-arrival 68 countries list. A holder of Visit Visa on Arrival is given 30 days stay and can be extended in the Immigration Office for 1 (one) time, in order to have another 30 days stay. Mandatory requirements includes: passport with minimum 6 months validity and return/through tickets.
Foreigners can apply Visit Visa in the Indonesian Embassy or Consulates, or the guarantor could apply to the Directorate General of Immigration in Jakarta, Indonesia. Visit Visa is issued in the Indonesian Embassy or Consulates. Find the nearest Indonesian Embassy/Consulate here, with mandatory requirements of: Application/Guarantee Letter, passport with minimum 6 months validity, copy of bank accounts, return/through tickets and re-entry permit (or stateless / non nationality person).
A holder of Visit Visa is given up-to 60 days stay and can be extended in Immigration Office up to 5 (five) time, each extension will be given for another 30 days stay.
Multiple Visit Visa
Foreigners that travel frequently to Indonesia for family, business, and governmental visit purposes may choose this type of visa. Multiple Visit Visa is issued in the Indonesian Embassy or Consulates, with mandatory requirements of: Application/Guarantee Letter, passport with minimum 18 months validity, copy of bank accounts, return/through tickets and re-entry permit (or stateless/non-nationality person). Multiple Visit Visa is valid for one year, a holder of multiple visit visas are given up-to 60 days stay each visit and can’t be extended.
Details about Indonesian visit visa is available at the website:
5. The city you should go to
There are 2 cities that are very popular among overseas patients: Denpasar (and Bali in general) and Greater Jakarta. Each of this city has their own advantages and disadvantages. Let’s go through it one-by-one.
Denpasar (& Bali in general)
(+) A natural tourists destination
(+) Has beautiful beaches, rainforest, and other tourists destination
(-) Far away from high-quality dental laboratory
(+) Center of the country’s best dentists
(+) The best dental laboratories are around the corner
(+) Indonesia’s business and financial hub
(+) Countless options of nightlife and hang-out venues
(-) Tourist destinations aren’t as varied as Bali
(-) The traffic in the city center can be cumbersome
If you have concerns and need a major dental rehabilitation, having a dental tour to Indonesia would save you a lot of money. Quality-wise, Indonesian dentistry has adopted the international standard, so you’re safe with us.
If you currently discern which city to go, we’ve got you this summary:
- If holiday is your main purpose, then you may prefer Bali.
- If you’re on a business trip or your dental treatment is your main focus, then Jakarta is the way to go, or
- If holiday is an aspect but you want to visit other parts of Indonesia (outside Bali), then Jakarta. The city offers more flexibility, especially if you consider flight options to other destinations.
Last but not least, proper planning is a must. The best scenario is to have a planned visit. So, from the beginning, we can plan how many days are required to finish your treatment. It enables the dentists to execute every procedure in a proper time-frame. In addition, we can plan your holiday in accords to your treatment plan and your budget.
Aesthetics Dental Care is located in Greater Jakarta (BSD City area). It’s in the outskirts of Jakarta City and around 30 minutes drive from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK).
According to our overseas clients, our area is a great place to have dental treatments, as the traffic is decent and there are plenty of relaxing areas. Easy access to the best dental laboratory is also crucial. Being close to laboratory will speed-up the treatment, especially if you make dental prosthetics like crowns, dentures, or implants. If you prefer Bali, though, we’ll connect you with our associate clinic whom we know to have a good quality dentistry.
Written by Ina Tsara, Treatment Coordinator at Aesthetics Dental Care.