Protection for Expats in Indonesia During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The government of Indonesia announced to give protection for foreigners who are currently in Indonesia or who will enter Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Director General of Protocol and Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andy Rachmianto informed that the health protocols required for the foreigners almost the same for Indonesians.

For foreigners who wish to enter Indonesia must follow the health protocol, in which the mandatory is to perform a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before entering the nation. Provide negative PCR test results as one of the file requirements to enter Indonesia. After arriving in Indonesia, they also must follow the national health protocols, such as report to their embassy and doing a 14-days self-quarantine.

For Expat
While for the expatriate that have already Residence Permit (KITAS/KITAP), the government still allows them to enter Indonesia on a limited basis, with the protocol is the same as in Indonesia that they must follow.

According to Regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights No. 11 of 2020, foreigners who hold a residence permit (KITAP/ KITAS) that already expired, the government will give a dispensation so that they don’t need to worry about paying a fine for being overstayed.

For the foreigners in Indonesia who are suspected of having a COVID-19, they will be sent to government referral hospitals. For the treatment cost of COVID-19 positive cases of foreigners will also be covered by the Government of Indonesia.

You may refer to Bizindo if you need any assistance regarding KITAS or KITAP.