FAQ: Indonesian immigration law during Covid-19

November 11, 2020

Indonesia Releases the Latest Covid-19 Protocols

In October 2020, Indonesia’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights (MOLHR) released Reg 26/2020. This came as a relief for many foreign professionals who currently cite the country as their home as well as place of work.

The updated Indonesian immigration law relaxes the criteria for qualified professionals to enter the country. This is a welcome relief after almost seven months of water-tight restrictions imposed upon foreigners entering the country.

According to Reg26/2020, visa holders as well as limited-stay visa holders may now enter Indonesia. Provided that they meet the strict health measures that have been put in place to protect the nation’s residents.

Airswift answers the most frequently asked questions surrounding Indonesia’s immigration regulations since the updates were the announced. Alternatively, if you need to get a better understanding of the types of visas and work permits in Indonesia, our handy guide addresses everything you need to know.


ICON-GEM-HRCONSULTING1. Who is eligible to enter Indonesia during this period?

You may enter Indonesia if you fall into any of the categories below.

  1. You are an Indonesian citizen
  2. You are the holder of a limited-stay visa (VITAS)
  3. You are the holder of a valid Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS)
  4. You are the holder or a valid Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP)
  5. You are the holder of an expired ITAS or ITAP who is currently residing overseas (only to enter through the seven designated airports/seaports)
  6. You are the holder of a valid ITAP with an expire Multiple Exit/Re-Entry Permit (MERP) who is currently residing overseas (only to enter through the seven designated airports/seaports)
  7. You are the holder of a Diplomatic Visa
  8. You are the holder of a Diplomatic Stay Permit
  9. You are the holder of a valid Service Visa
  10. You are the holder of a valid Diplomatic Visa
  11. You are the holder of a Visit Visa engaged in either of the following activities:
    • You must attend a business meeting in Indonesia
    • You must enter Indonesia to conduct the purchase of goods
    • You must enter Indonesia to conduct emergency or urgent work
    • You are a foreign worker who is performing probationary work
    • You are a staff member of a healthcare, humanitarian and/or food supplies related organisation
    • You are a transportation crew member of a vessel in Indonesia

2.ICON-GEM-TRAVELMGMT What are the designated airports and seaports that can be used to enter Indonesia?

There are currently seven designated airports and seaports that travellers can use to enter Indonesia from abroad. They are:

  • Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar
  • Juanda International Airport, Surabaya
  • Kualanamu International Airport, Medan
  • Hang Nadim International Airport, Batam
  • Batam Centre International Seaport, Batam
  • Citra Tritunas International Seaport, Batam

3. ICON-MISC-DOCUMENTS-PAPERWORKDo I need to present a health certificate upon entering Indonesia?

Yes, you do. Upon arrival, you must present a health certificate (in English) issued by a health authority from your country of origin. You must also present a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and a Health Alert Card.

This is to identify anyone who may be infected with the Covid-19 virus. Even if they do not show any apparent symptoms. Upon entry, you may be subject to a short interview along with additional check-ups that might include temperature checks and oxygen saturation.


4. ICON-TA-DH-RETAINEDWill I need to undergo a quarantine period upon entering Indonesia?

According to the Indonesian government’s new health protocols, if your health certificate is accompanied by a PCR test showing negative results, you will be allowed to undergo self-quarantine for a 14-day period upon arrival in Indonesia.

Your PCR test results should be no older than 7-days from your arrival date. Your certificate should also be accompanied by a statement letter acknowledging your commitment to undergoing a 14-day self-isolation.


5. airswift_nav_icons-processWhat happens if my health certificate does not have a PCR test?

In the event that you do not have a PCR test, a rapid test will take place at the airport along with an interview and any necessary health checks.

If the rapid test results are reactive. You will be accompanied to any of the Covid-19 referral hospitals to undergo a PCR test followed by a quarantine period.

If the rapid test results are non-reactive. You will be brought to a government quarantine facility where a PCR test will be carried out. If your results are negative, health officials may choose to run further tests to rule out any false-positive results.

Once you have been cleared to leave, you will be issued a clearance letter that you can use as an entry pass if your final destination is under lockdown. When you reach home, you must proceed with the remainder of your 14-day quarantine. You should also alert your local medical facility or health clinic to inform them that you are undergoing quarantine.


6. What is the process for foreigners entering ICON-GEM-DESTINATIONIndonesia with a negative PCR test?

Before departure

  • You must have a health certificate in English declaring that you have undergone a PCR test with negative results.
  • The health certificate should be issued by a medical facility in your country or origin
  • The certificate will be validated by a Port Health Officer /doctor at the port/airport/
    ground-crossing (PLBDN) upon your arrival in Indonesia.

Upon arrival

Additional socialization procedures & a medical inspection will be performed upon your arrival by the Port Health Authorities (KKP). These are the steps that will follow:
  • 1. Interview
  • 2. Examination of temperatures, signs, and symptoms of Covid-19
  • 3. Examination of Oxygen Saturation

If there are no telling symptoms of Covid-19, KKP will issue you your health clearance certificate and a Health Alert Card. You will also receive a permission letter from the local Covid Management Task Force to travel to your final destination where you will be required to proceed with a 14-day self quarantine in your place of residence.

During which you must observe social distancing from other individuals, wear a face mask and observe the Hygienic and Healthy Lifestyle Program (PHBS) that has been implemented by the government. 


Get additional support on Indonesian Immigration with Airswift

Navigating the new normal in lieu of the pandemic can be daunting. From understanding the changing regulations to finding your footing in a foreign location, Airswift’s team of experts on Global Employment and Mobility are here to help.

With over 40 years of experience under our belt and a global presence, we have an intimate understanding of the laws and regulations that govern the countries we operate in. This helps us provide you with all the support you need.

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