- May 8, 2020
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- Category: Corona virus
This article discusses the travel restrictions imposed by the Indonesian government due to the Corona virus (COVID-19). In case new information is made available by the government this article will be updated.
Update 12 May – Clarification on expiring permits for ITAS and ITAP holders
On May 7th, 2020 the Ministry of Health issued Circular Letter Number HK.02.01/MENKES/313/2020 Concerning Health Protocol for the Handling of Returning Indonesian Citizens and Foreign Arrivals from Abroad (“Circular Letter”). The main points of Circular Letter for Foreigners (ITAS and ITAP holders) are:
- Additional Health Check, including:
- Examination of temperature, signs and symptoms of covid-19;
- Examination of Oxygen saturation;
- Examination of Rapid Test and/or PCR.
- Every foreigner who enters Indonesia must have a Health Certificate in English which state the results of examination the PCR negative Covid-19 test. The issuance of the Health Certificate must be no later than 7 days since the date of arrival in Indonesia and will be validated by the Indonesian doctor at the Airport/Port of arrival.
- Every Foreigner who enters Indonesia by carrying Health Certificate that proves negative PCR Covid-19 results:
- needs to carry out an additional health examination (this does not include a Rapid Test or PCR); If no diseases and / or risk factors are found in the health examination, the officer issues health clearance and Health Alert Card (HAC) to that person;
- can continue the travel to the destination area by bringing a travel permit from the officer and is required to use a mask during travel;
- conducts self-quarantine at home for 14 days. Health clearance is handed over to the representative of his country (Embassy or Consulate) to be forwarded to the local Health Department so that monitoring is carried out during the self-quarantine period.
- Foreigners who do not bring a health certificate or carry a health certificate which is older than 7 days or carry a health certificate but do not prove the results of a negative PCR examination:
- The additional medical examinations are still being carried out including Rapid Tests;
- Foreigners who have comorbidities, if the results of the Rapid Test are reactive, are taken to an emergency hospital / Covid-19 referral hospital;
- Foreigners will be deported if:
- they have no symptoms and have no comorbidities, where the result of the Rapid Test is reactive;
- the result of the Rapid Test examination is non-reactive
This means that foreigners are required to carry a recent health certificate (which includes a PCR Covid-19 test) with them when entering Indonesia. If they do not carry the required certificate, they are likely deported by the Immigration officers.
Update 8 May – Clarification on expiring permits for ITAS and ITAP holders
On 6 May, the Directorate General of Immigration issued circular letter no IMI-GR.01.01-2493, which regulates the following:
- ITAS and ITAP holders who are currently outside Indonesia and whose stay permits are expired (either for the ITAP/ITAS and MERP), are allowed to enter Indonesia without their expiry is being questioned at the immigration checkpoint at the airport, if the reason of entry is family reunification. This permission to enter Indonesia is not regarded as an automatic extension of the work and stay permit, and this should be performed at the related authorities once possible.
- Holders of ITAS / ITAP and other excepted foreigners from the entry ban, must follow the following procedure:
- Medical examination by the health quarantine officer
- Health certificate or fit to fly letter issued by the health authority from the respective country the foreigner is coming from
- Statement letter which states the willingness to be quarantined
- The telex Limited Stay Visas (VTT) which are issued since 1 January 2020 (which have a validity period of 60 days) are extended automatically during the Covid-19 crisis and can be used to pick up the Limited Stay Visas (VTT) at the Indonesian Embassy after the Covid-19 crisis is declared over by the Indonesian. This is not applicable for Telex Single Entry Business Visa (SEBV) and Telex Multiple Entry Business Visa (MEBV).
- The Limited Stay Visas (VTT) (which has a validity period of 90 days) which has been collected from the Indonesian Embassy and has not been used yet and are issued since 1 January 2020 are extended automatically and can be used by foreign holders of these VTT after the Covid-19 crisis is declared over by the Indonesian government. This is not applicable for Single Entry Business Visa (SEBV) and Multiple Entry Business Visa (MEBV).
- Holders of ITAS and ITAP who are in Indonesia can extend after the Covid-19 crisis is declared over by the Indonesian government.
Update 26 April 2020 – International flights are no longer grounded and can fly without restriction
The ministry of foreign affairs has issued a clarifying circular no D/00867/04/2020/64 on the Ministry of Transportation Regulation no. 25/2020. The circular clarifies the that the travel ban only applies to domestic transportation (including domestic flights. International flights, both regular and special charter flights, from and to other countries, including for evacuation/repatriation purposes are NOT affected by the travel ban.
Foreign travelers are thus allowed to leave Indonesia. And ITAS and ITAP holders are allowed to enter Indonesia as long as they have the required health certificate and statement letter.
Update 24 April 2020 – All commercial flights are grounded
The Minister of Transportation has just issued a Regulation 25 of 2020 Concerning Controlling Transportation During the Eid Al-Fitr Period in Order to Prevent the Spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), which issues a temporary ban for the use of transportation for:
- Land transportation;
- Railroad transportation;
- Sea transportation; and
- Air transportation.
With regards to the ban on Air Transportation, the government will temporary ban any international and local commercial flights from April 24th, 2020 until May 31st, 2020. The ban could be extended depending on the situation of Covid-19.
During this period it is thus for all foreign workers and foreign travelers impossible to travel in our out Indonesia. Previously ITAS and ITAP holders were still able to travel to Indonesia, by showing a health certificate and statement letter. This is under the new rules no longer possible.
The flight ban does not apply to:
- High government officials and state guest;
- operations of embassies, consulates general, and foreign consulates as well as representatives of international organizations in Indonesia;
- special aviation repatriation (light repatriation) operations which carry out repatriation of Indonesian citizens and foreign nationals;
- law enforcement, order and operational operations;
- cargo transport operations; and
- other operations based on the permission of the Director General of Civil Aviation.
Update 1 April 2020 – New policy introduced by Ministry of Law and Human Rights
On 31 March, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights has issued Regulation Number 11 of 2020 Concerning Temporary Prohibition for Foreigners to Enter Indonesia (Regulation 11/2020). The regulation regulates the following:
Temporary prohibition for Foreigners to enter/transit in Indonesian Territory. Previously the ministry had already suspended the issuance of Visa on Arrival and Visa Exemption. Under Regulation 11/2020, holders of a Single Entry Business Visa (SEBV) or Multiple Entry Business Visa (MEBV) holders are no longer allowed to enter Indonesia. Moreover, foreigners are no longer allowed to transit in Indonesia The prohibitions as mentioned in point 1 do not apply to:
- Foreigners holder of Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP) in Indonesia, including foreigners who have collected a Limited Stay Visa (VTT) from the Indonesian Embassy abroad;
- Foreign holders of Diplomatic and Officials Visa or Stay Permit;
- Medical aid, food support and humanitarian purposes
- Crews (Air, Sea or Land Transport); and
- Foreigners working on Strategic National Projects.
Exempted foreigners may enter Indonesian Territory after fulfilling the requirements:
- Possess a health certificate in English from the health authorities of respective country;
- Residing for at least 14 (fourteen) days in the region / country free of Covid-19 virus; and
- Statement of willingness to enter quarantine for 14 (fourteen) days carried out by the government of the Republic of Indonesia.
We note that point the second point above would effectively mean that exempted foreigners cannot enter or transit in Indonesia, as almost all countries have Covid-19 cases. We are still confirming with authorities how this is implemented.
Foreign holders of a Stay Visit Permit (Visa Exemption, Visa on Arrival, Single Entry Business Visa [SEBV], and Multiple Entry Business Visa [MEBV]) which is expired and / or cannot be extended, are granted an Emergency Stay Permit automatically without submitting an application to the immigration office.
For Foreign holders of a Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permits (ITAP) which is expired and / or cannot be extended, their obligation to renew / apply for a new ITAS/ITAP is suspended by being granted an Emergency Stay Permit automatically without submitting an application to the immigration office.
UPDATE, 24 March 2020 – Waiver of overstay penalty for visit visa holders and visa exemption travelers
New Circular Letter
The Ministry of Law and Human Rights – Directorate General of Immigration has been issued Circular Letter Number IMI-GR.01.01-2114 Year 2020 (“Circular Letter”). The Circular Letter regulates that stay permit holders who have entered Indonesia before 5 February 2020 are not required to obtain an emergency stay permit and they can overstay without an overstay penalty is being charged (usually overstay is charged IDR 1,000,000 per day).
We have checked the actual implementation with the immigration office in South Jakarta and Central Jakarta, and the actual implementation is different than the Circular Letter:
- Stay permit (ITAS) holders still require to apply for an emergency permit in case their stay permit expires;
- All Foreigners who entered Indonesia with Visa Exemption, Visa on Arrival (VOA), Single Entry Business Visa (SEBV) or Multiple Entry Business Visa (MEBV) after February 5th, 2020 are not required to extend their visit permit at the Local Immigration Office. The penalty of overstay will be IDR 0.00 per day instead of the normal IDR 1,000,000 pe day.
This new regulation applies until further notice from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights
UPDATE, 18 March 2020 – New travel restrictions imposed to further curtain the spread of the Coronavirus
On Friday, 20 March the following new policy will be implemented by the Government of Republic Indonesia in response to the COVID-19:
1. The Indonesian government will suspend Visa Exemption, Visa on Arrival (VOA), and Diplomatic/Service Free Visa for all Countries, for a period 1 month;
2. All foreigners/Travelers who wish to visit Indonesia must obtain a Visa (Single Entry Business Visa or Multiple Entry Business Visa or Limited Stay Visa). Upon submission at the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate abroad, the foreigners/travelers must provide a health certificate issued by the relevant health authorities from their respective countries.
3. Entry into Indonesia or transit is denied for visitors/travelers who have travelled to the following countries, in the past 14 days:
- United Kingdom;
- South Korea (from Daegu and the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do). All foreigners who have been in South Korea, but have not traveled to above mentioned regions / cities, require a valid health certificate which is issued by the health authorities in each respective country
4. The extension of Stay Permit (STWP) for foreign travelers who are currently in Indonesia and have expired, shall be conducted in accordance with the Regulation of Ministry of Law and Human Rights No. 7 of 2020 (only applicable for Chinese citizens; foreigners who have stay permit in China; or spouse or children of Chinese citizens)
5. All foreigners/travelers must fill out a Health Alert Card upon arrival in Indonesia
These measures are temporary and shall be evaluated pursuant to further development.
UPDATE, 6 March 2020 – New travel restrictions imposed to travelers from Iran, Italy and South Korea
This Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released an update on their website on Thursday, 5 March 2020. The ministry explains that the following travel restrictions are imposed on travelers from Iran, Italy and South Korea:
- The entry into or transit in Indonesia is suspended for all foreigners who have been in the following regions 14 days prior to their arrival to Indonesia: Italy: Lombari region, Veneto, Emilia, Romagna, Marche or Piedmont. Iran: Tehran, Qom and the province of Gilan. South Korea: Daegu and the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do.
- All foreigners who have been in Italy, Iran or South Korea, but have not traveled to above mentioned regions / cities, require a valid health certificate which is issued by the health authorities in each respective country.
- All foreigners who have been in Italy Iran or South Korea must fill out a Health Alert Card upon arrival in Indonesia.
- Indonesian nationals who have been in above mentioned regions are allowed entry into Indonesia, however they are required to undergo a health examination upon arrival in Indonesia
The new measures will become effective as of 8 March 2020.
UPDATE, 2 March 2020 – New ministry regulation replaces Regulation 3/2020
On 28 February 2020, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights issued regulation Number 7 of 2020 (Regulation 7/2020) concerning Granting of Visa and Stay Permit in effort to prevention spreading of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Regulation 7/2020 replaces and revokes Regulation 3/2020 which expired on 29 February 2020.
There will remain a temporary suspension in place on the granting of Visa Exemption (Free Visa) and Visa on Arrival (VOA) for all foreigners who stayed in or visited China in the 14 days preceding the date of entry into Indonesia.
Visit Visas (Single Entry Visit Visas or Multiple Entry Visit Visa) and Limited Stay Visas (VTT) are able to be granted to foreigners who submit their application at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in the China in case the following requirements are met:
- Health Report
the application must submit a health report from a local state health authority in English, which confirms the applicant is not infected by the Coronavirus;
- Virus free region
has stayed for 14 days prior to entry into Indonesia in a region China which is free from the corona virus;
- Statement of willingness
statement of willingness which states the willingness to:
1. enter into quarantine for 14 days carried out by the government of Indonesia;
2. transit 14 days to other countries which are free from the corona virus before entering Indonesia.
Chinese citizens can apply for Visit Visas (Single Entry Visit Visas or Multiple Entry Visit Visa) and Limited Stay Visas (VTT) at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in a country that is free from the Coronavirus, by attaching a health report in English which confirms that they are not infected by the Coronavirus and a statement of willingness which states the willingness to enter into quarantine for 14 days carried out by the government of Indonesia and to stay in a region which is free from the corona virus before entering Indonesia. This seems to imply that Chinese nationals are not allowed to apply for a Visit Visa in countries which have already reported Coronavirus infections. Therefore, the ability of Chinese Citizens to apply for these types of Visit Visas is getting increasingly limited, as more and more countries are reporting Coronavirus infections.
Under Regulation 7/2020 both Chinese Citizens and their family and foreigners who have a residence permit in China can apply for an emergency stay permit in case. The regulation explains that Chinese nationals can process their extension of current long-term stay permits. However, it will need to be confirmed with the Ministry of Manpower whether they are also willing to process the extension of the work permit.
Chinese Citizen Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP) holders whose re-entry visa has expired can re-enter Indonesia on urgency grounds by submitting a statement of willingness similar to point 2(c) above.
The Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) and Permanent Stay Permit of foreigners (including Chinese Citizens) who are currently in China, can be renewed without their attendance being required at the local immigration office. Usually presence is required for a biometric session. Once the foreigners arrive in Indonesia, they are required to report to the local immigration office.
UPDATE, 5 FEBRUARY 2020 – Travel restrictions further detailed in new ministry regulation
The ministry of law and human rights has just issued regulation 3/2020 regarding the temporary suspension of visa exemption, visas and the issuance of emergency stay permits to Chinese Nationals. The regulation is effective immediately and will remain valid until 29 February 2020, after which the regulation will be re-evaluated.
The regulation applies for:
- Chinese citizens who have stayed in or visited China in the 14 days preceding the date of entry into Indonesia; and
- Foreigners who have stayed in or visited China in the 14 days preceding the date of entry into Indonesia
In case Chinese citizens or Foreign nationals have stayed in or visited China in the 14 days preceding the date of entry into Indonesia, the following restrictions apply:
- No Visa on Arrival or Visa exemption will be granted
- A visit visa or limited stay visa will not be granted
- Current holders of APEC cards and holders of a limited or permanent stay permit (ITAS/ITAP) with multiple re-entry permits will not be allowed entry
- Service Stay Permits and / or Diplomatic Stay Permits will not be allowed entry
The regulation does not mention to restrictions to holders of multiple entry visit visa’s, however we believe that the same restriction will apply to holders of these visas.
In the following cases Immigration may issue an emergency stay permit to Chinese citizens:
- There is an outbreak of the Corona virus; and
- There is an absence of conveyance that transports them outside the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.
Travelers from China mainland and Chinese travelers will thus be severely restricted in their travels to Indonesia. Our firm will closely monitor the situation and will share updates whenever available.
2 FEBRUARY 2020 – Travel Restrictions on Foreigners to prevent corona virus from spreading
On 2 February 2020, the Indonesian government has announced that it will implement entry bans into Indonesia in an attempt to prevent the corona virus from spreading to Indonesia.
The following restrictions are set:
- Any person arriving from mainland China who has been there for 14 days or more, will not be allowed to enter Indonesia or transit in Indonesia;
- The issuance of Visa on Arrival and Visa Exemption to Chinese nationals is suspended until further notice. Chinese nationals who are not arriving from China mainland and have not been on China mainland recently for 14 days or more, will only be allowed entry on a single or multiple entry visit visa, or limited stay visa. [Further clarified by regulation 3/2020 (see below)]
Please feel free to contact us to receive tailored advice on how these measures against the corona virus will impact your organization.