Indonesia – Covid-19 – Immigration update

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Update: May 20th, 2020

Updated health protocols for foreign citizens entering Indonesia

What is the change?

Effective 7 May 2020, foreign citizens arriving in Indonesia will need to abide by the following health protocols:

  1. Wear a face mask.
  2. Provide a valid medical certificate or Fit to Fly certificate in English, issued within seven days prior to arrival.
  3. Provide a statement of compliance in obeying the required procedures for quarantine in Indonesia.
  4. Undergo the following medical protocols upon arrival in Indonesia:

a. Rapid test and/or polymerase chain reaction (PCR): If the individual’s medical certificate confirms a negative COVID-19 PCR result, he/she will skip this test. But if the medical certificate does not confirm a negative COVID-19 PCR result, he/she must take this test.

b. Interview.

c. Temperature check and other relevant tests.

d. Oxygen Saturation Test.

Individuals with negative COVID-19 rapid test results, and showing no signs of symptoms or comorbidity, will receive a health clearance, Health Alert Card, and travel permit (Surat Jalan). They will need to submit the health clearance to the respective embassies, and be monitored by a local health agency. In addition, they will need to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.

Individuals with reactive rapid test results and comorbidity will be referred to and isolated at a designated hospital. Individuals with reactive rapid test results, but are without comorbidity, will be deported.

Update: May 11th, 2020

List of regions with large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Indonesia

What is the change?

Holders of expired stay permits (limited and permanent), expired re-entry permits, expired telex visas, and expired visas who have not entered Indonesia will be allowed entry at the following entry points:

  • Tempat Pemeriksaan Imigrasi (TPI) Soekarno Hatta—Jakarta
  • TPI Juanda—Surabaya
  • TPI Ngurah Rai—Bali
  • TPI Kualanamu—Medan
  • TPI Hang Nadim—Batam
  • TPI Batam Centre—Batam
  • TPI Citra Tritunas—Batam

They will need to apply for an emergency stay permit at the point of entry, and fulfil the following requirements:

  • Provide a health certificate (in English) issued by a health authority in the country where the foreign national currently resides, or a Fit to Fly Certificate.
  • Provide a Statement Letter that the foreign national is willing to undergo isolation in facilities under the supervision of the Indonesian government, or self-isolation under the supervision of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, for 14 days.

In addition, visas and telex visas which were granted after 1 January 2020 and have not been used for entry to Indonesia will be automatically re-validated when the state of emergency is declared to be over.

This automatic re-validation will only apply to visas issued by Indonesian Embassies in the following cities that have implemented the Immigration Information Management System (SIMKIM) application: Bangkok; Beijing; Berlin; Davao; Dili; Guangzhou; Ho Chi Minh City; Hong Kong; Jeddah; Johor Bahru; Kota Kinabalu; Kuala Lumpur; Kuching; Los Angeles; Mumbai; Penang; Seoul; Singapore; Songkhla; Sydney; Taipei; Tawau; The Hague; and Tokyo.

New regulation allows business people and officials to travel

What is the change?

A circular letter issued by the COVID-19 task force on 6 May 2020 allows business people and state officials that are involved in health and essential services to travel despite the Government’s restriction on all passenger travel.

The exemption is given to state officials, private sector workers and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) employees that provide health services, basic necessities, security and defence, and vital economic functions. Repatriated Indonesian nationals, individuals who need emergency medical care, and family members of a deceased individual are also exempted from the ban.

State officials are required to obtain a permit from their superior with at least the rank of Echelon II, while business people are required to sign a statement letter to notify local officials. Prior to their departure, all traveling individuals must provide a negative result of a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or rapid test, or health documents from a hospital or clinic, as well as a return ticket.

Update: April 22th, 2020

Entry procedure for expired permits

What is the change?

As of Saturday (18 April 2020), a number of provinces/cities are implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) with the approval of Minister of Health, Terawan Agus Putranto. These include the following:

  • Jakarta (from 10 April 2020)
  • Bogor, West Java (from 15 April 2020)
  • Bekasi, West Java (from 15 April 2020)
  • Depok, West Java (from 15 April 2020)
  • Greater Bandung, West Java (from 22 April 2020)
  • West Sumatra (from 22 April 2020)
  • Pekanbaru, Riau (from 17 April 2020)
  • Makassar, South Sulawesi (from 24 April 2020)
  • Tegal, Central Java (from 23 April 2020)

Once enforced, the PSBB is effective for a period of 14 days, and can be extended further if necessary.

Update: April 20th, 2020

Large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Indonesia

What is the change?

Following the signing of the “Regulation on Guidelines to Propose Large-scale Social Restrictions amid COVID-19 Pandemic” by the Health Minister, the following regional administrations have begun to implement PSBB measures with the approval of the central Government:

The PSBB guidelines cover the closing of schools and offices, as well as restrictions on religious activities, activities in public space and facilities, social and cultural activities, and transportation.

Schools and offices may be temporarily closed, with the exception of offices or institutions that provide services relating to defence and security, public order, food, fuel and gas, healthcare, logistics, finance, communication, industry, export and import, distribution, and other basic necessities.

However, public or private vehicles that take into account restrictions on the number of passengers and physical distancing; as well as goods transportation responsible for the fulfilment of people’s basic necessities, can continue to operate.

Update: March 20th, 2020

Temporary closure of counters at Ministry of Manpower office

What is the change?

The following measures are currently in effect at the Ministry of Manpower:

  • Counters at the Ministry of Manpower office have been temporarily closed to avoid direct contact between officers and applicants.
  • To change work location in the Foreign Manpower Utilisation Plan (RPTKA), amend job titles, and withdraw from the skills development fund, please submit applications via email.
  • For consultations, please use the hotline numbers (08111385733 or 081519193369) instead of making physical visits to the Ministry of Manpower office.
  • Submission procedures for foreigner services, including work permits and Foreign Manpower Utilisation Plan (RPTKA), will continue as usual.

Reduced operational hours for Imigrasi Jakarta Selatan

What is the change?

On 19 March 2020, Imigrasi Jakarta Selatan uploaded an infographic on its official Instagram account (@kanimjaksel) announcing that:

  • Operational hours for foreigners seeking immigration services will be reduced to 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • All applications must be submitted to the Dropbox, and not through direct contact with an officer.
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