New Immigration Policies During New Normal Adaptation Period

On March 26, 2021, the Director General of Immigration (the “DGIM”) issued Circular Letter No. IMI-0661.GR.01.01 regarding Visa and Stay Permit Provisions During the New Normal Adaptation Period (“CL 0661”). CL 0661 replaces and revokes the DGIM Circular Letter No. IMI-1555.GR.01.01 dated October 15, 2020 regarding Visa and Stay Permit Provisions During the New Normal Adaptation Period (“CL 1555”) and the DGIM Circular Letter No. IMI-GR/01.01-0331 dated February 11, 2021 on the Reinforcement of CL 1555. CL 0661 enters into force as of March 26, 2021.

CL 06661is issued as a guideline to optimize the function of the immigration office in carrying out the visa and stay permit services during this “new normal” period. The key provisions of the circular are as follows.

  • Visa Application Provisions
    • No Requirement to Submit Health Certificates

While the entry restrictions as established in Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation No. 26 dated October 1, 2020 Regarding Visas and Stay Permits During the New Normal (the “MOLHR Regulation”) are still in place (i.e., temporary suspension of the issuance of visa-free entries and visas on arrival), foreigners that wish to enter Indonesia may apply for a Visitor Visa or a Limited Stay Visa. Such visa applications were already accommodated in CL 1555.  However, previously it was required for the applicants to submit health certificates that stated they had tested negative for COVID-19. This requirement no longer applies under CL 0661. However, please note that eVisa ending with “DN” cannot be used for travel into Indonesia.

    • Single-Entry Visitor Visa for Humanitarian Reasons

For foreigners that intend to visit/accompany their family members who are sick in Indonesia, or for other medical purposes, a Single-Entry Visitor Visa may be issued, provided they fulfill the application requirements stipulated in the MOLHR Regulation ( declaration of willingness to enter into quarantine at own expenses at government-appointed facilities if visitors show COVID-19 symptoms/are declared positive upon entry in Indonesia; declaration of willingness to be under supervision while under quarantine;  proof of health/travel insurance that covers medical expenses or declaration of willingness to pay for COVID-19 treatment at own expense).

    • Waiver of Requirement to Provide Proof of Accounts Having At Least US$10,000

The MOLHR Regulation also requires applicants of a Single-Entry Visitor Visa to show proof that they have at least US$10,000 to sustain the cost of living while in Indonesia. Under CL 0661, this requirement is waived for applicants who are aid workers, medical and food aid, transportation crew and visitors who apply for humanitarian reasons.

  • Stay Permit Provisions
    • Extension/Renewal of Various Stay Permits for Foreigners

Foreigners within Indonesia who hold a Visiting Stay Permit granted through their Visas on Arrival, Single-Entry Visitor Visas, Multiple-Entry Visitor Visas, or APEC Business Travel Cards may request an extension for their Stay Permit through the immigration office. For foreigners holding Visiting Stay Permits, Limited Stay Permits, or Fixed Stay Permits that cannot be extended, they may request a new Stay Permit after obtaining a Visa Approval. If foreigners holding a Limited Stay Permit or a Fixed Stay Permit wish to apply for a visa, they must first return immigration documents to the immigration office.

  • Stay Permit Application

To apply for a new Stay Permit, applicants must first apply for a Visa before their current Stay Permit ends. Applicants who overstayed their permits by less than 60 days, may still apply for a visa, provided that they settle their fines first. However, if the applicant’s overstay exceeds 60 days, if an applicant is deported or has his/her stay permit extension application denied, he/she must leave Indonesia immediately.

The issuance of this Circular Letter is expected to provide ease and clarity of immigration services during this new normal period. We expect that these travel policies will be further relaxed in the future as the COVID-19 situation improves.

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April 5, 2021

Please contact Johannes C. Sahetapy-Engel (jsahetapyengel@aksetlaw.com) or Caleb Sitorus (csitorus@aksetlaw.com) for further information.

 

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