Foreigners Entering Indonesia with Vitas Mandatory Convert To ITAS Before 30 Days

21 Apr 2022 • 2 min read

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The news of the opening of Immigration Checkpoints (TPI) for several airports and seaports in Indonesia for foreigners has attracted foreign arrivals from various parts of the world, especially after the implementation of Free Tourist Visa (BVK) and Visa On Arrival (VOA). However, there are some foreigners who come to Indonesia using a Limited Stay Visa (Vitas). The Vitas users are required to report to the immigration office and convert their Vitas into a Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) a maximum of 30 days from arrival.

The Sub-Coordinator of Public Relations of the Directorate General of Immigration, Achmad Nur Saleh, explained that based on Government Regulation Number 48 of 2021, the application for a Limited Stay Permit must be submitted within 30 (thirty) days after the entry sign is given. 

“This regulation is especially emphasized on foreigners who enter Indonesian territory using Vitas. According to public understanding, Vitas have a longer validity period, so there is no need to immediately go to the Immigration office. However, according to PP 48 of 2021, foreigners who enter Indonesia using Vitas are required to report to the Immigration office and convert them to ITAS no later than 30 days after arrival, "said Achmad.

Meanwhile, a Visit Visa indexed B211 A is also valid as a visit stay permit. Foreigners who use this type of visa only need to come to the immigration office if they want to extend their residence permit.

"In addition, in PP No. 31 of 2013 Article 143 Paragraph (2) states, if a Limited Stay Permit is not submitted within the specified period, then a fee will be charged in accordance with the provisions of the legislation," he added.

Therefore, Achmad urges foreigners and their guarantors to be aware and remember to take care of reporting and converting Vitas to ITAS. Limited Stay Permit is issued within 4 (four) working days after the foreigner reports and applies for a residence permit.


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