Sep

22

Foreigner Visa Ban Lifted in Indonesia

On 15th September 2021, the Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna H. Laoly, officially enacted Regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights No. 34 of 2021 regarding the Granting of Immigration Visas and Residence Permits in the Period of Handling the Spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 and National Economic Recovery (“MR 34/2021”) which revokes the Regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights No. 27 of 2021 concerning Restrictions on Foreigners Entering Indonesian Territory during the Enforcement Period of Restrictions on Emergency Community Activities (“MR 27/2021”).

Previously, in MR 27/2021, only holders of certain types of visas were allowed to enter or transit in Indonesia, such as diplomatic visas and service visas. However, with the enactment of MR 34/2021, foreigners holding valid visas or residence permits can enter the Territory of Indonesia through certain immigration checkpoints after fulfilling the health protocol set by the ministry or agency that handles COVID-19. The particular immigration checkpoints are determined by the Minister of Law and Human Rights, taking into account the readiness of the regional government and the ministries or agencies that handle COVID-19.

These valid visas or residence permits include service visas, diplomatic visas, visitor visas, limited stay visas, official residence permits, diplomatic stay permits, limited stay permits and permanent residence permits. Transportation crews who come using their transportation means, holders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card (KPP APEC) and traditional border crossers are also allowed to enter Indonesian Territory on condition that they fulfill the health protocol. Meanwhile, the granting of free visit visas and visit visas on arrivals are still suspended until the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over in Indonesia. The minister may prohibit and refuse entry to foreigners from certain countries with a high rate of COVID-19 spread.

In addition to meeting the general requirements to apply for a visitor visa and limited stay visa, an applicant must also attach:

  1. evidence of having received the full dose of COVID-19 vaccine;
  2. statement letter of their willingness to comply with all applicable health protocols in Indonesia; and
  3. proof of ownership of health insurance/travel insurance which includes health financing, and/or a statement letter indicating willingness to bear costs independently if exposed to COVID-19 in the Indonesian Territory.

The enactment of MR 34/2021 is one of the government’s efforts to encourage economic recovery and move the wheels of national trade, so it can be said that now is the ideal time to enter the Indonesian market. Schinder Law Firm has years of experience helping foreign investors get started and assisting with trade activities in Indonesia. If you need help or consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@schinderlawfirm.com.

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Data is a valuable currency in this new world. In the midst of digital transformation, the Indonesian government has taken the final decision to pass the Pelindungan Data Pribadi (PDP) Bill by September 2022. The PDP Law applies to all businesses established in Indonesia and puts the consumer in control. The task of complying with this regulation falls upon businesses.

The PDP Law affects a variety of business operations, including how your sales team prospect and how marketing initiatives are managed. Businesses have had to reassess their business procedures, applications, and forms. Additionally, all businesses that work with personal data should designate a Data Protection Officer (DPO) or data controller to oversee PDP compliance.

In line with this spirit, it gives us great pleasure to announce and share with all our esteemed clients and business associates that Schinder Law Firm is prepared to assist your company to understand the impacts of the Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL) and take the required measures to comply with the law. Our Privacy, Data Protection, and Cybersecurity practice group is a pioneer in providing data privacy law services in Indonesia. Personal data protection services include but are not limited to:

  • Assessing the existing systems, processes, and controls, etc.
  • Providing provide gap assessment on the existing systems, processes, and controls, etc.
  • Developing and ensuring contracts and agreements comply with the PDP Law
  • Developing policies, best practices, and procedures
  • Advising on the security of personal data and managing data breaches
  • Acting as the Data Protection Officer (DPO) and advising upon the appointment, role, and responsibilities of a data protection officer
  • Advising on cross-border transfers of personal data
  • Carrying out data protection impact assessments and data protection audits
  • Recommending other necessary corrective actions in order to comply with the PDP Law
  • Training on the PDP Law tailored to clients’ businesses

We look forward to many more opportunities in the year ahead with your continued support and trust. For consultation, please send us a WhatsApp or Email.

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Naz Schinder
Managing Partner

Keep Up with the New Law in Indonesia: Personal Data Protection

  • Assessing the existing systems, processes and controls, etc.
  • Providing provide gap assessment on the existing systems, processes and controls, etc.
  • Developing and ensuring contracts and agreements comply with the PDPL.
  • Developing policies, best practices and procedures.
  • Advising on security of personal data and managing data breaches.
  • Acting as the Data Protection Officer (DPO) and advising upon the appointment, role and responsibilities of a data protection officer.
  • Advising on cross-border transfers of personal data.
  • Carrying out data protection impact assessments and data protection audits.
  • Recommending other necessary corrective actions in order to comply with the PDPL.
  • Training on the PDPL tailored to clients’ businesses.
Privacy, Data Protection and Cyber Security
We help our clients to understand the impact of the Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL) on their companies and take the required measures to comply with the law.