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The Latest Rules for Granting Visas to Chinese Citizens due to COVID-19

The Latest Rules for Granting Visas to Chinese Citizens due to COVID-19

The Latest Rules for Granting Visas to Chinese Citizens due to COVID-19

Applicants must attach a Covid-19-free healthy statement.

Covid-19 or coronavirus first appeared and began to spread in Wuhan City, China in December. But now its spread is increasingly widespread, in Indonesia alone there have been two people who tested positive for corona on March 1, 2020 yesterday. To prevent the more widely spread the Government in February issued Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation No. 3 Year 2020 concerning Temporary Suspension of Visit Visa, Visa and Granting of Permits for Forced Residents to Chinese Citizens. However, in March the Government evaluated the ministerial regulation by issuing Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation No. 7 Year 2020 (Permenkumham No 7/2020) concerning Granting of Visas and Residence Permits in the Prevention of Corona Virus Entry . Then what are the provisions regarding the granting of visas and residence permits that change?

  1. Granting visa-free visit visa on arrival
    Provisions regarding the granting of a visa-free visa and a visitor visa on arrival are regulated in Article 2 Permenkumham No. 7/2020 which states that the granting of visa-free visitor visas and visitor visas on arrival is suspended for:

    Foreigners who have lived and / or visited the territory of the People’s Republic of China within 14 days before entering the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.
    This is certainly different from the previous regulation which states that the granting of a visa-free visit and a visitor visa upon arrival is suspended temporarily for Chinese citizens and foreigners who have lived and / or visited the territory of the People’s Republic of China within 14 days before entering the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.
    So with current regulations granting visa-free visa and on-arrival visa is temporarily suspended for foreigners who have lived or visited China within 14 days before entering Indonesia be it Chinese citizens themselves or other citizens.

  2. Granting of tourist visas and limited stay visas
    According to Article 3 paragraph (1) Permenkumham, No. 7/2020 states that a visitor visa and a limited stay visa can be granted to any foreigner who applies for a visa to a Foreign Service Officer at the Republic of Indonesia Representative in the People’s Republic of China-based on statutory regulations. However, the granting of a visitor visa and a residence visa is given to applicants who meet the requirements:

    1. a health statement declaring coronavirus free from the local state health authority in English;
    2. has been 14 days in the territory of the People’s Republic of China free of the coronavirus;
    3. statement of willingness:
      1. enter quarantine for 14 days carried out by the government of the Republic of Indonesia; or
      2. stop/transit 14 (fourteen) days in other countries that have not been infected by the coronavirus before entering the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.

    Meanwhile, citizens of the People’s Republic of China who apply for a visa and a limited stay visa at a representative of the Republic of Indonesia in other countries not affected by the coronavirus must meet the requirements which include:

    1. a health statement declaring coronavirus free from the local state health authority in English;
    2. statement of willingness to be 14 days in a region free of coronavirus before entering the territory of the Republic of Indonesia; and
    3. statement of willingness to enter quarantine for 14 days carried out by the government of the Republic of Indonesia.

    If the foreigner or Chinese citizen does not meet the specified requirements, the application for granting a visitor visa and a limited stay visa will be refused.

  3. Granting a Forced Condition of Residence Permit
    In Article 4 Permenkumham No. 7/2020 determined that in the event of a corona virus outbreak determined by WHO and the absence of a conveyance that brought out the territory of the Republic of Indonesia to the People’s Republic of China, a forced stay permit could be given to:

    1. Citizens of the People’s Republic of China;
    2. Foreign holders of residence permits in the People’s Republic of China; or
    3. Husband or wife or child of a citizen of the People’s Republic of China.

    The forced state of residence permit referred to above is submitted by the Guarantor or a Foreigner through an application to the Head of the Immigration Office or a designated Immigration Officer whose working area includes the residence of the foreign national concerned by enclosing:

    1. An official and valid National Passport or Travel Document;
    2. Visa; and / or
    3. Residence Permit owned.

    However, for the owner of a limited stay permit that is still valid and can be extended in accordance with the provisions of the residence permit, the situation of forced conditions cannot be granted. Likewise, foreign nationals of the People’s Republic of China hold limited stay permits. If he gets an extension of a limited stay permit after obtaining a recommendation or notification from the competent authority as long as the limited stay permit has not exceeded 6 (six) years, then the residence permit condition is forced to become invalid.

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  5. Granting Permission to Reenter Forced Conditions
    Based on the provisions of Article 6 paragraph (1) Permenkumham No. 7/2020 it is stated that Foreigners from the People’s Republic of China who hold permanent Stay Permits whose entry permit has expired, can be granted re-entry permits in a forced condition through an application to the Immigration Official at the Republic of Indonesia Representative. The requirements that need to be attached when submitting an application according to Article 6 paragraph (2) include:

    1. Healthy information stating coronavirus free from local state health authorities in English;
    2. statement of willingness to:
      1. enter quarantine for 14 (fourteen) days carried out by the government of the Republic of Indonesia; or
      2. stop/transit 14 (fourteen) days in other countries that have not been infected by the coronavirus before entering the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.

    If the above conditions are not attached, the request for re-entry permit under forced conditions will be rejected.

  6. Extension of Stay Permit or Permanent Stay Permit by the Guarantor
    Article 7 paragraph (1) Permenkumham No. 7/2020 states that Guarantor may submit an extension of Stay Permit for Foreigners holding limited Stay Permits or Permanent Stay Permits in the country of the People’s Republic of China to the Head of the Immigration Office without the relevant attendance by attaching a recommendation or notification from the competent authority. However, the explanation for the extension of a limited stay permit or permanent residence permit is carried out after the foreign national concerned returns to Indonesian territory.

    Giving Entrance Sign

    Foreigners as referred to in Article 3, 6, and 7 Permenkumham No. 7/2020:

    1. foreigners who apply for a visa and a limited stay visa at a Representative of the Republic of Indonesia in the People’s Republic of China and citizens of the People’s Republic of China who apply for a visa and a limited stay visa at a representative of the Republic of Indonesia in another country;
    2. foreigners from the People’s Republic of China who apply for re-entry permits under forced conditions; and
    3. foreigners holding limited stay permits or permanent residence permit in the People’s Republic of China whose guarantor requests an extension.

    Signs are given after a medical examination is carried out in accordance with the provisions of the competent authority. If the results of the examination of foreigners as mentioned above state that the person concerned is infected with the coronavirus, then the Immigration Officer at the Immigration Checkpoint or other place refuses the foreigner concerned to enter Indonesian territory.

    Meanwhile, for holders of diplomatic residence permits or official residence permits from the People’s Republic of China, an Entry Sign will be given after showing a health certificate stating that it is free of the coronavirus. However, if the diplomatic stay permit or official residence permit of a foreigner from the People’s Republic of China expires, he can be given a manual entry stamp by showing a valid diplomatic card issued by the ministry that carries out government affairs in the foreign sector.

    Author: Kintan Ayunindya

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