AmCham Update
AmCham Update Vol. 2 #95
New Immigration Guidelines, Are Things Really Getting Better? FedEx Cares, OSS-RBA Issues Over 200,000 Business Licenses
Sep 20, 2021 | AmCham Indonesia


New Immigration Guidelines Released

The Directorate-General of Immigration has released new guidelines regarding the granting of visas and immigration stay permits during the Covid-19 pandemic through Regulation IMI-0196.GR.01.01/2021. The guidelines include the following:

  • Applications for a single-trip visa for (a) government duties related to meetings for the Indonesian Presidency for the G20 or the 144th International Inter-Parliamentary (IPU) session; (b) humanitarian reasons; and (c) medical needs, can now be submitted to the Immigration Office or Foreign Service Officer appointed at a Representative of the Republic of Indonesia abroad
  • Foreigners holding visit visas and limited stay visas issued from April 22, 2021 to July 18, 2021 that have not yet been used can enter Indonesia through certain Immigration Checkpoints until Oct 15, 2021
  • Foreigners holding stay permits, limited stay permits, or permanent stay permits for Indonesia and unable to extend them in accordance with the provisions of the laws and regulations, and have not been able to return to their country of origin, can be given a new stay permit by applying for a visit visa or limited stay visa
  • Foreigners that are currently overseas and have a KITAS, KITAP and/or re-entry permit (IMK) that is expiring, may request an extension through an application submitted by the guarantor to the immigration office
  • Foreigners that are unable to show a valid negative PCR Covid-19 result, and evidence that they have received their full Covid-19 vaccinations, will be rejected from entering Indonesia.

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Conditions Appear to Improve Under PPKM, But Are Things Really Getting Better?

As the latest round of PPKM comes up for renewal/easing further, today, Sept 20, reports say confirmed Covid-19 cases in Java and Bali have declined by 96 percent since their peak on July 15, and active cases have fallen below 100,000. The resulting feeling of optimism was further fueled by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan saying that, as a result, the government had reduced PPKM levels quicker than originally predicted.

However, epidemiologists continue to urge caution amid the possibility of another surge in cases, despite the government saying the positivity rate reached 3.05 percent on Sept 12 - the World Health Organization (WHO) threshold for returning to normal is below 5 percent for two consecutive weeks. University of Indonesia epidemiologist Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono said the standardization of testing and tracing has only worked in Jakarta and not in other regions. Close contact tracing is also still limited to an average of six persons, instead of the 20-30 persons per patient as recommended by the WHO. In reality, this means only close relatives are being tested, so it is difficult to confirm claims cases have truly decreased as testing and tracing are not standardized.

Mathematics modeling expert Nuning Nuraini also said the positivity rate has decreased because less tests were conducted when cases went down, and if the government really wanted to confirm a decrease in cases, sampling tests must be conducted. The Ministry of Health has also acknowledged limitations in keeping regional death tolls updated, due to multiple civil administration layers and overworked health workers.

Vaccination rates, tracing through the PeduliLindungi app, testing rates, and health protocol compliance all remain a challenge and, combined with public euphoria over the loosening of restrictions, could push Indonesia into another Covid-19 wave.

So wash your hands, wear your mask, and follow social distancing and other health protocols.

Now is not the time for complacency!

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Bali Implements Odd-Even System at Tourist Attractions

Following the decision to gradually reopen tourist attractions, Bali is to implement an odd-even (ganjil-genap) vehicle plate policy to anticipate and control tourists coming into the island. The odd-even policy will apply for both two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles and will be implemented on weekends and national or facultative holidays, from 06:30-09:30 Central Indonesian Time (WITA) and 15:00-18:00 WITA. The policy will be piloted at Sanur Beach, Denpasar City, Kuta Beach, and Badung District. Although implementation awaits the issuance of a Governor’s Decree, the Balinese provincial government aims to implement the policy by the end of this month.

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AmCham Cares: FedEx

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, has delivered a shipment of 15 pallets carrying Covid-19 swab kits and personal protective equipment to Jakarta.

The critical relief aid arrived in Jakarta on Sept 14 from New York in the US. These lifesaving medical supplies were coordinated through a collaboration with the US-ASEAN Business Council Institute, the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, and the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, a public-private partnership organized by the US Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Business Roundtable to provide a unified platform for businesses to mobilize and deliver resources to assist Covid-19 efforts in areas of the highest need around the world.

FedEx has moved more than 325 metric tons of personal protective equipment between January 2020 and August 2021 to help support healthcare workers and communities in Indonesia.

The shipment of these lifesaving supplies is consistent with the company’s FedEx Cares 50 by 50 goal to positively impact 50 million people around the world by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023. Through the FedEx Cares Delivering for Good initiative, the company is lending its global network and unparalleled logistics expertise to organizations with mission-critical needs and help communities before, during and after crises. 

OSS-RBA Issues Over 200,000 Business Licenses: BKPM

The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has issued 205,373 Business Identification Numbers (NIB) through the Online-Single Submissions Risk-Based Approach (OSS-RBA) system since its launch on Aug 4 - 187,435 for individual businesses and 17,938 for business entities. The new system is capable of issuing over 13,000 business licenses per day, a significant improvement on the 3,000-5,000 licenses per day capacity of the previous OSS 1.0 and 1.1 systems.

BKPM Spokesperson Tina Talisa said this shows the new OSS-RBA system has improved the ease of business licensing, with 98.8 percent of NIBs issued belonging to small and medium-sized enterprises. The new system is currently running at 80 percent, and improvements will be done gradually until the end of this year.

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Renew Your Driver’s License Online

You can now renew/extend your driver’s license (SIM) or make a new one online via the SINAR (National Precision SIM) application, launched by the National Police Traffic Corps (Korlantas Polri). The SINAR application can also be used to access other Korlantas services

For online SIM renewal, prepare the following documents:

  • Old driver’s license
  • Photo of electronic ID card (e-KTP)
  • Physical examination results (RIKKES) can be found at The cost for the physical examination is Rp 25,000
  • Psychological test results can be found at The cost for the psychological test is Rp 27,500
  • Passport photo with a blue background
  • A photo of your signature (white background, the ink must be clearly visible).

SIM renewal takes three to seven working days. To renew your SIM via SINAR, it must be valid for at least 90 days before the expiration date. The costs incurred for SIM renewal are Rp 80,000 for SIM A (for private 4-wheeled vehicles) and Rp 75,000 for SIM C (for two-wheel motor vehicles).

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Support Independent Journalism: Subscribe to The Jakarta Post

In these difficult times, our hometown English language newspaper, The Jakarta Post, is more important than ever. Given the difficulties of physical circulation and the economic slump, the Post needs to boost its online subscribers – a goal we heartily support at AmCham Indonesia. Quality English language news is vital for our businesses, our home offices, and the flow of information out of Indonesia. It is for this reason, that we are urging all of our members and readers to subscribe to JP! Information is what will help get us through this crisis. Below is information about how to sign up.

JP Premium Digital Subscription Packages

Monthly subscription – Rp 50,000

Yearly subscription – Rp 600,000

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AmCham Update is AmCham's regular newsletter on developments related to the pandemic crisis and other issues in Indonesia. It is edited by AmCham Managing Director A Lin Neumann and written by the AmCham Staff. Paul L Goddard is the Managing Editor

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