The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact travel worldwide, and Indonesia is no exception. To mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights introduced Regulation 7/2020 on February 28, 2020. This regulation replaces and revokes Regulation 3/2020 and imposes certain restrictions on visa and stay permit issuance.
Temporary Suspension on Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival
As part of the measures to prevent the spread of the virus, a temporary suspension remains in effect for foreigners who stayed in or visited China within 14 days prior to their entry into Indonesia. This means that Visa Exemption (Free Visa) and Visa on Arrival (VOA) will not be granted to individuals falling under this category.
Visit Visas and Limited Stay Visas for China Residents
Foreigners who submit their visa applications at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in China may still be eligible for Visit Visas or Limited Stay Visas (VTT) under certain conditions:
- Health Report: Applicants need to provide a health report in English from a local state health authority, confirming that they are not infected by the Coronavirus.
- Virus-Free Region: They should have stayed in a region in China that is free from the corona virus for 14 days prior to their entry into Indonesia.
- Statement of Willingness: Applicants must provide a statement expressing their willingness to either undergo a 14-day quarantine conducted by the Indonesian government or transit through a corona-free country for 14 days before entering Indonesia.
It is important to note that Chinese citizens can only apply for Visit Visas or Limited Stay Visas in countries that have not reported any Coronavirus infections. As the number of countries reporting cases continues to rise, Chinese nationals face increasing limitations on their ability to apply for these visa types.
Emergency Stay Permits for Chinese Citizens and Residents
Under Regulation 7/2020, Chinese Citizens and their families, as well as foreign nationals with a residence permit in China, may apply for emergency stay permits in case of urgent situations. Chinese nationals can also process the extension of their long-term stay permits. However, it is advisable to confirm with the Ministry of Manpower whether they will also process the extension of work permits.
Re-entry for Chinese Citizen Permanent Stay Permit Holders
Chinese Citizen Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP) holders whose re-entry visas have expired can re-enter Indonesia for urgent reasons. They need to submit a statement of willingness similar to point 2(c) above.
Renewal of Limited Stay Permits (ITAS) for Foreigners in China
Foreigners, including Chinese citizens, who are currently in China can have their Limited Stay Permits (ITAS) and Permanent Stay Permits renewed without needing to be physically present at the local immigration office. However, once they arrive in Indonesia, they are required to report to the local immigration office.
For the most up-to-date information on travel restrictions and visa requirements in Indonesia during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is recommended to refer to official sources such as the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your country.
Remember, safety should always be the top priority. Stay informed, follow the guidelines, and take necessary precautions to protect yourself and others. We will get through this together.
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