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    From https://www.thejakartapost.com/adv/2...oreigners.html
    The Jakarta Post , 05 May 2020
    Title : Automatic emergency stay permit extension for foreigners

    [Foreign nationals who cannot return to their home countries due to the coronavirus pandemic do not need to apply for an extension of their stay permit with the immigration office.

    The Directorate General of Immigration has extended automatic stay permits for foreigners arriving in Indonesia after Feb. 5, 2020.

    Foreigners do not need to come to the immigration office if their permits expire.

    During the time of COVID-19 emergency measures, foreigners whose stay permits have just expired will automatically be granted an emergency stay permit.

    No overstay fees will be imposed. The automatic emergency stay permit extension policy for foreigners is in line with the policy to ban foreigners from entering Indonesia as the government steps up efforts to curb coronavirus transmission.

    The next step taken by the government was imposing a suspension of visa exemption, visa on arrival and diplomatic / service visa.

    The policy is also based on a circular on restrictions to immigration services to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and information from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Emergency stay permits are valid until the COVID-19 outbreak is declared over by the authorities.]

  • #2
    Hi Marcus,

    I have recently read another circular letter ( http://itjen.kemenag.go.id/sirandang...5ee375b9acbb89 ) which also relates to expats who are currently abroad during the pandemic who would like to return to Indonesia. I am slightly confused as there have been many rule updates and changes. 

    In the case of a TKA/ foreign worker and his/ her family who recently left Indonesia and are currently abroad in a country which currently doesn't allow the TKA's family members (spouse and children are citizen's of that country) to go abroad because of a travel restriction/ ban, which will most probably result in them not being able to go back to Indo before their itas expires, do you think the attached letter might help in anyway at all?

    In my view it seems that the attached letter is only applicable to foreigners wanting to come to Indonesia for the purpose of a family reunion. In that case if their itas/ itap have expired they coud still go. Another interpretation from one visa agent of the current rules is that in the case of the TKA currently abroad with their family (and itas and work permit will expire before they can return to Indo) they only have 2 options of going back:
    1. Return to Indo before itas expires
    2. or being allowed to return only after the Indo gov declared the corona pandemic is over and hopefully given the emergency stay permit at the airport immigration.

    That particular visa agent suggested to have the current still valid work permit to be extended and pay the USD 1200 DPKK so that upon returning (which can only be done after the pandemic is officially declared over) the TKA can show the proof of work permit extension, and reason that is why they are coming back, and hopefully be grantefd the emergency stay permit stamp.

    Would you or atlantis know of any information or have an opinion regarding this? It seems it is also a bit risky to pay for the USD 1200 DPKK without the certainty/ ability to be able to extend the ITAS. If the current ITAS expires and are not able to be extended, and thus an 'as new' application would have to be made, perhaps the DPKK paid might even go down the drain and be invalid. 

    Am not even sure when or how the current ITAS can be extended, or if one can even go back after the Itas expires before the pandemic is officially declared over.

    Apparently the immigration department previously had a 'kebijakan' whereby itas/ itap holdrers who are stuck abroad in a country under a lockdown are able to have their itas extended while still abroad - by scraping to the rule to have the original passport submitted/ presented. However, they have since scrapped that rule

    Quite a few families seem to be in this situation, which is rather frustrating and making it hard to plan for anything short term/ long term....unprecedented times we live in!


     
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    • #3
      To be a bit more accurate the ITAS in question is a company sponsored one.

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      • #4
        First of all , Atlantis is not in this Forum anymore .

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        • #5
          Originally posted by marcelma View Post
          ... That particular visa agent suggested to have the current still valid work permit to be extended and pay the USD 1200 DPKK so that upon returning (which can only be done after the pandemic is officially declared over) the TKA can show the proof of work permit extension, and reason that is why they are coming back, and hopefully be grantefd the emergency stay permit stamp ...

          Assuming you are outside Indonesia , I think it would be better if you do not extend your work e-ITAS .

          Later when you come back to Indonesia it will be not difficult for you to start a new work e-ITAS .

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          • #6
            Thanks Marcus. That is what we initially was thinking as well, but was a bit unsure because we might have to wait awhile until the new application is sorted and was worried that work and schooling for the kids will be delayed . 

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            • #7
              I guess that the agent's suggestion is bad because extending a Work Permit now would require you to extend the e-ITAS too (as the 2 are tied together) . And for extending an e-ITAS you must be in Indonesia (have to take digital photo/fingerprints again) .

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              • #8
                Originally posted by marcelma View Post
                ... and hopefully be grantefd the emergency stay permit stamp ...

                From what I understand , that Emergency Stay Permit is only for foreigners in Indonesia now . Later when foreigners start being able to leave Indonesia (simultaneously with foreigners being able to come too , like you) , I am almost sure that this Emergency Stay Permit will not be granted anymore .

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