Foreigners Start to Come, Government Orders to Tighten the Immigration ‘Doors’


    The rate of transmission of Covid-19 in Indonesia tends to decrease. Consequently, Indonesia has begun to open immigration doors and borders for foreigners to enter. Secretary-General of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham), Andap Budhi Revianto, requested that regional offices and technical implementing units that serve as crossings for foreigners tighten health protocols (prokes). This has to be done so that Indonesia could prevent the entry of new variants of Covid-19 which continues to mutate.

    The regulations were conveyed by Andap in his directive to all State Civil Apparatus (ASN) of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights while attending the Hero’s Day ceremony, in Jakarta, Wednesday (10/11).

    Along with the implementation of the Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM), the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights has issued circulars fourteen times. The last is Circular Letter Number SEK-27.OT.02.02 dated November 9, 2021.

    It is important to restrict health protocols, especially for Regional Offices (Kanwil) as entry immigration checkpoints for international arrivals or country crossings.

    “Prepare the terms and regulations properly and continue to apply strict health protocols as a precaution against the new variant of Covid-19 A.Y.4.2 or Delta Plus, especially for Regional Offices that have Immigration Checkpoints which are opened as international gates bordering other countries,” he continued.

    Based on a circular from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, the following are immigration offices that are opened for international arrivals or have country crossings: Soekarno Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten Province, Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, Riau Islands Province, Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands Province, Ngurah Airport Rai in Denpasar, Bali Province, Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi Province, Batam and Tanjung Pinang ports in the Riau Islands Province, Nunukan port in North Kalimantan Province, Aruk and Entikong State Cross-Border Posts in West Kalimantan Province, Motaain State Cross-Border Post in East Nusa Tenggara Province.

    In particular, Andap paid attention to the NTB and Bali Regional Offices, the locations where the world superbike and the G-20 meeting will be held.

    Andap also instructed that strict and intense supervision be carried out so that the health protocol employees strictly when carrying out activities in various places.