Updates on Immigration rules in response to Covid-19

11 May 2020 - The Directorate General of Immigration has informed through its official social media for holders of expired ITAS/ ITAP and MREP staying outside Indonesia are allowed to enter Indonesia. This information has been stated on Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation No. 11 of 2020 on Temporary Restriction of Foreigners Entering Indonesia - article five. “Foreigners whose Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP) is expired and/or cannot be extended, will automatically be granted a deferral with Emergency Stay Permit (ITKT) without an application process at Immigration Offices.”

However, the visitors would still need to provide some requirements and follow protocols of incoming passengers during Covid-19 outbreak:

  1. Possessing a valid health certificate (in English language) issued by Health/Medical Authority of the respective country;
  2. Having been residing for at least 14 (fourteen) days in a region/ country with no confirmed cases of Covid-19;
  3. Statement of compliance to undertake quarantine measures for 14 (fourteen) days conducted by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.
Visitors are only allowed to enter Indonesia through particular designated points of entry:

  1. Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Jakarta
  2. Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar - Bali
  3. Juanda International Airport, Surabaya
  4. Kualanamu International Airport, Medan
  5. Hang Nadim International Airport, Batam
  6. Batam Centre International Seaport, Batam
  7. Citra Tritunas International Seaport, Batam

Automatic Visa Approval (Visa Telex) Re-validation and Automatic Visa Re-validation

Another good news for those who have already obtained a visa approval (visa telex) or have been granted a visa but it has been expired due to travel restrictions or unavailability of public transportation during the pandemic; The Directorate General of Immigration has declared to automatically re-validate your visa.

Automatic Visa Approval (Visa Telex) Re-validation
  1. The Directorate General of Immigration (DGI) will automatically re validate your visa approval (visa telex) granted after 1 January 2020 which has not been processed at the Indonesian embassies/consulates.
  2. The new validity of your visa approval (visa telex) extension will be valid for 60 (sixty) days since the date of the state of emergency status is declared over by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency or BNPB. 
  3. You can collect your visa at the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate where you have applied before and lodged your documents at the visa application system.
Automatic Visa Re-validation
  1. The DGI will automatically re-validate your visa granted after 1 January 2020, which has not been used for travelling to Indonesia.
  2. Your visa will be valid for 90 (ninety) days since the state of emergency status is declared over by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency or BNPB. 
  3. The automatic visa re-validation process does not apply to Indonesian Embassies/Consulates where the SIMKIM information system is not yet integrated, and you must apply for a new visa.
Please be noted, these Indonesian Embassies and Consulates are NOT APPLICABLE for automatic visa re-validation:
  1. Muscat
  2. Nur Sultan
  3. Baghdad
  4. Shanghai
  5. Pyongyang
  6. Vanimo
  7. Port Moresby
  8. Suva
  9. Baku
  10. Pretoria
  11. Harare
  12. Abuja
  13. Caracas

The Sponsorship Obligations

  1. The sponsor of a foreign worker (holder of a work visa) is required to provide information about their arrival date for the Directorate General of Manpower Placement and Employment Opportunities Expansion, Ministry of Manpower.
  2. The sponsor of an investor (holder of an investor visa) is required to provide information about their arrival date for the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board or BKPM.

These regulations come into force after the state of emergency status is declared by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency or BNPB. The Indonesia Government has extended the state of emergency status until 29 May 2020.

Read more about Temporary Travel Restriction to Indonesia
Read more frequently asked questions on immigration policy during the covid-19 outbreak