Traveling to Indonesia – An Update on Travel and Visa Requirements
Indonesia is ready to bounce back after being hit by Covid 19 pandemic as reflected in its recent regulation relating to the new set of entry requirements, which are considered looser than the previous ones, for both overseas and domestic travel.
On 16 February 2022, the Indonesia Covid-19 Task Force (“IC19TF”) issued the Circular Letter No. 07/2022 (“CL 07/22”) concerning Overseas Travel health During the Corona Virus Disease 2019 Pandemic.
Under the CL 07/22, the following seven airports, five seaports and three cross-border posts are named by IC19TF as entry points to Indonesia:
Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, West Java;
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali;
Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam;
Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands;
Sam Ratulangi, Sulawesi Utara; and
Zainuddin Abdul Madjid, Nusa Tenggara Barat.
Tanjung Benoa, Bali;
Batam, Kepulauan Riau;
Tanjung Pinang, Kepulauan Riau;
Bintan, Kepulauan Riau; and
Nunukan, Kalimantan Utara.
Aruk, Kalimantan Barat;
Entikong, Kalimantan Barat; and
Motaain, Nusa Tenggara Timur.
However, there is specific procedure (bubble system) that shall be applied for overseas travelers (Pelaku Perjalanan Luar Negeri “PPLN”) which enter into Indonesia through certain entry point mentioned above.
With the issuance of CL 07/22, all PPLN travellers must undergo centralized quarantine for a several period requirements which will be determined based on the vaccination status. Such quarantine periods are consists of 3 x 24 hours, 5 x 24 hours, and 7 x 24 hours.
Offshore Visitor Visa Related Matters
On 3 February 2022, Indonesia government issued of Circular Letter No. IMI-0241.GR.01.01 of 2022 (“CL 0241/2022”) as a means to support the commencement of G20 and to ease up the immigration restriction for various purposes.
CL 0241/2022 amends the prior guidelines to further regulate offshore Visitor Visa applications for tourism, journalistic purposes to cover the G20 presidency of Indonesia, and film production. Tourism and film production sector were already eligible for Visitor Visa applications since late 2021, however no regulations have been issued before CL 0241/2022 on the requirements.
Prior to the issuance of CL 0241/2022, a foreign national may apply for a new visa before the expiration of their stay permit so that they would not be deemed as an overstayer or charged overstay fines. Upon the issuance of CL 0241/2022, foreign nationals may avoid overstay fines as long as it pays the applicable non-tax state revenue (Penerimaan Negara Bukan Pajak) visa fees before the stay permit’s expiration.
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