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Visas Needed for All Foreign Visitors to Indonesia Until (at least) 20 April 2020

Indonesia Ends Free-Visa and Visa-On-Arrival for 30-Days Starting 20 March 2020.

Effective Friday, 20 March 2020, the Immigration Post at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport has suspended, for at least 30-days, the granting of free-visas and visas on arrival for all foreign visitors.

As reported by NusaBali, the prohibition on free visas and visas-on-arrival is being put in place to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Head of the Bali office for the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Sutrisno, justified the change in visa policy as following instructions issued by the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi. In Bali, this means that visitors who arrive at the Island’s Ngurah Rai International Airport seeking a free-visa or visa-on-arrival will be refused entry and immediately returned to their home country. Sutrisno said on Thursday, 19 March 2020: “There is still no regulation on this. However, the policy of the Government will be applied in accordance with statements made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs announced the new policy takes effect from tomorrow (Friday, 20 March 2020).”

Sutrisno continued, explaining that the end of the free-visa and visa-on-arrival facility in Indonesia will be in place for the coming month. Certain foreigners, however, will be allowed entry to Indonesia, including those who are holding a visitor visa issued by an Indonesian Embassy; foreigners working or retired in Indonesia holding a temporary stay permit (KITAS); and foreigners holding a permanent resident permit (KITAP). At the same time, however, foreigners with valid visas for Indonesia who have visited COVID-19 contagion areas in the past 14-days, such as China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy, will be refused entry to Indonesia.

Sutrisno said that tourists using free-visas and visas-on-arrival initially valid for 30-days could, in case of an emergency, where they are unable to fly back to their home country, can request a dispensation from the Immigration Department. At the discretion of Indonesian Immigration, an emergency extension (perpanjangan daruat), such as have been issued to many citizens of the People’s Republic of China, can be granted.

 Sutrisno made no mention of the additional requirement reported in many media that tourists with visas coming to Indonesia must also present a “health certificate” upon arrival. 


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