Emergency Stay Permit Policy Changes (Jul 22, 2020)

Emergency Stay Permit

Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration has now changed their policy with respect to the Emergency Stay Permit. Previously, any foreigners whose visa expired in Indonesia during the pandemic were automatically given an Emergency Stay Permit. Furthermore, all relevant overstay fees waived. You can read more about it in our previous article.

The Emergency Stay Permit policy was always subject to change until further notice. Now, notice has been given in the form of a circular letter from the DG of Immigration. We outline the most important points below.

Update on July 22, 2020: There is now a second circular letter from DG of Immigration, we have updated the article accordingly. As the situation is clearly fluid, we recommend checking back frequently to see if there are additional changes.


ITAS (Limited Stay Permit)

If your ITAS is still extendable, immigration offices are open for extension now. In case you are eligible for conversion to ITAP, you can also do this now. If your ITAS has expired and you have been granted Emergency Stay Permit, you have a grace period of 30 days from July 13th, 2020 to process extension. However, if it is no longer extendable you need to exit Indonesia within 30 days from July 13th, 2020.

Update July 22, 2020: If your ITAS is not extendable, you can now apply for a new visit visa or VITAS. This can be done via the immigration’s online application system. You do not need to leave Indonesia for the new visa.

ITAP (Permanent Stay Permit)

If your ITAP is still extendable, offices are open for extension now. If your ITAP has expired and you have been granted Emergency Stay Permit, you have a grace period of 30 days from July 13th, 2020 to process extension. However, if it is no longer extendable you need to exit Indonesia within 30 days from July 13th, 2020.

Update July 22, 2020: If your current ITAP is not extendable, you can now apply for a new visit visa or VITAS. You can do this using the immigration’s online application system. You do not need to leave Indonesia for the new visa.

ITK (SosBud/Tourist Visa)

If your visa is still extendable, offices are open for extension now. Note that ITK is normally valid for 60 days, and extendable 4 times for 30 days each. However, immigration has said that it will continue to extend these for as long as there is a pandemic, and there are no modes of transportation out of Indonesia.

Conversion from ITK to ITAS are also now back to normal. The same pre-pandemic requirements apply.

VOA – Visa on Arrival

If still extendable, immigration offices are open for extension now. You have a grace period of 30 days from July 13th, 2020 to process extension. Note that normally VOA is only extendable one time for 30 days. However, immigration has said that it will continue to extend these for as long as there is a pandemic, and there are no modes of transportation out of Indonesia.

Source: Directorate General of Immigration’s Twitter Account

Visa Free Entry

This visa is not extendable. You must exit Indonesia within 30 days from July 13th, 2020.

Update July 22, 2020: You can now apply for a new visit visa (tourist visa or SosBud), or a limited stay permit (ITAS) if you qualify. You can do this using the immigration’s online application system. You do not need to leave Indonesia and visit a consulate abroad for the new visa.

ITK/ITAS applicants who have visa telex

You can get ITK/ITAS at the local immigration office. No need to travel to an Indonesian mission abroad to process the visa. Your payment receipt will act as your visa.


Expired ITAS/ITAP abroad

If you are abroad with an expired ITAS/ITAP or with an expired re-entry permit (ERP), you should return to Indonesia within 60 days of July 13th, 2020. You then need to extend the expired permits at your local immigration office.

References

First letter from Directorate General of Immigration (Jul 12, 2020): link

Second letter from Directorate General of Immigration (Jul 22, 2020): link

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