Visa-free Entry for Chinese Nationals is Suspended Temporarily

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Novel coronavirus outbreak originating from Wuhan, China made Indonesia decided to prevent the spreading inside the country. Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly signed a regulation concerning a temporary suspension of visa-free entry, visas and residence permit for Chinese citizens. The Ministerial This regulation was signed by Laoly on Wednesday that was stated in Regulation No.3/2020.

As informed WHO has announced this 2019-nCoV as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

“Based on WHO’s announcement, the coronavirus has become an international outbreak. Therefore, Indonesia has placed restrictions mainly on the movement of Chinese nationals and other nationals who have visited China within 14 days before entering Indonesia,” Arvin Gumilang Head of the Public Relations and Protocol Section of the Directorate General of Immigration said on Thursday.

Previously, Indonesia barred entry to visitors who have been in China for 14 days.  Tis ban specified in the regulation is determined based on the coronavirus incubation period.

Besides, there is permit that could be given according to the Ministerial Regulation for the requirements of temporary stay permits. Chinese citizens could get this permit for those who have fulfilled several requirements.

As for the regulation will take effect on February 5, 2020 until February 29, 2020. The goverment will then re-evaluate for the next decision.

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