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Guide to Register an Overseas Vaccine to Indonesia Tracking App


Foreigners and Indonesians who received their COVID-19 vaccinations in other countries can now register their shots to be recognised on the PeduliLindungi app.

Both locals and foreigners have reported issues with being allowed access to malls and restaurants since the app was introduced. The purpose of PeduliLindungi is to easily allow closed spaces to confirm a person is vaccinated and allowed to enter.

There has been confusion with workers at sites using the system. Some people have been denied access to locations even when presenting vaccine certificates issued in other countries. This has been despite the same proof having been accepted for the same people to enter the country.

As the use of the test and vaccine tracking app increases across Indonesia, the Health Ministry has released a service that finally allows vaccines outside Indonesia to be registered.


How to register an overseas vaccine in Indonesia

To register a vaccine administered outside Indonesia, first users must go to a new Ministry of Health website,

How to register an overseas vaccine in Indonesia

To register for the first time, users must click “Register here” and will be asked to enter:

  • Their full name
  • An email address
  • Their phone number’s country code
  • Their phone number

Followed by a password of their creation.

After entering details, an email is sent to the new user to verify their information. Beware, this email could end up in a junk or spam folder.

Once users click on the link in the email, they will receive a notice to confirm their account has been successfully activated.

register an overseas vaccine in Indonesia

register an overseas vaccine in Indonesia

Next, the new user needs to return to the original sign in page, enter the same email address and password, and click Sign In.

When the page opens, users can then click to “Apply new verification request”. Here, users must will be asked for:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Phone number prefix
  • Phone number
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • The number of vaccines received

With the information that’s already been given already pre-populated.

There is also a field that requires an upload of a photo or scanned copy of the passport. Accepted file types are JPG, JPEG, PNG, and PDF with a maximum file size of 1MB.

After selecting how many vaccines have been received, the user is then asked to provide further information, including the brand of the vaccine received – selected from a dropdown box – the date it was received, and the location.

This is the list of accepted vaccines, plus CanSino and Johnson & Johnson.

Finally, the user will need to upload proof of the vaccination with the same parameters as the passport requirements.

This information must be added for both vaccines if the applicant has received both doses of vaccine.

Once all the information has been entered, click “Submit” to send the application over.

How to register a foreign vaccine in Indonesia

Users also need to ensure that they are fully registered for the PeduliLindungi app, which is available for both Indonesians and foreigners, with or without a NIK.

After the documents uploaded to this site have been verified, the information should then become available in the app. This will mean they no longer need to carry their paper vaccine certificates and can easily enter malls and restaurants.



Immigration Guidelines: New Rules for Obtaining a Visa for Indonesia


Acting Director-General of Immigration Widodo Ekatjahjana has released guidelines for granting visa and immigration stay permit during the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and national economic recovery.

The guidelines stated in number IMI-0196.GR.01.01 YEAR 2021, were signed on 17th September.

Applications for a single-trip visit visa can now be submitted to the Immigration Office or Foreign Service Officer appointed at the Representative of the Republic of Indonesia abroad. This visa application submission is for the following types of activities:

  1. Government duties in the framework of meetings related to the Indonesian Presidency in the G20 or the 144th International Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU);
  2. Humanitarian reasons such as visiting or accompanying parents or siblings who are sick or has died; and
  3. Medical needs.

Moreover, this visa application is to be carried out by fulfilling the following provisions as referred to in Article 90 of Government Regulation Number 48 of 2021, with the following attachments:

  1. Proof of reason for visa application;
  2. Evidence of having received the full dose of a COVID-19 vaccine;
  3. A statement letter confirming willingness to comply with all applicable health protocols in Indonesia; and
  4. Proof of ownership of health insurance/travel insurance that includes financing health, and/or a statement letter confirming willingness to pay independently if affected COVID-19 while in Indonesia.

Proof of having sufficient money to cover living expenses while in Indonesia must also be attached to the application, in the form of a checking account, savings book, or deposit for the last three months belonging to the relevant foreigner or guarantor with an amount of at least US$2,000 or equivalent.

Meanwhile, foreigners holding visit visas and limited stay visa issued since 22nd April 2021 through to 18th July 2021 that has not yet been used can enter Indonesia through certain Immigration Checkpoints until 15th October 2021.

The Immigration Management Information System will automatically send visas to foreigners and the guarantor through the registered email provided at the time of the visa application within three working days.

Foreigners holding stay permits, limited stay permits, or permanent stay permits for Indonesia and cannot 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.

Applications for new stay permits through a visit visa application is carried out by fulfilling the requirements as referred to in article 90 of the government regulation number 48 of 2021.

Meanwhile, applications for new stay permits through the application for a limited stay visa is carried out by fulfilling the requirements as referred to in article 103 of the government regulation number 48 of 2021.

In addition to fulfilling these, the visa application for visit and limited stay visas must also include:

  1. A statement letter confirming willingness to comply with all applicable health protocols in Indonesia;
  2. Proof of ownership of health insurance or travel insurance that includes financing health, and/or a statement letter confirming willingness to pay independently if affected COVID-19 while in Indonesia; and
  3. Proof of the last stay permit for visit stay permit holders or a document of return from immigration (Exit Permit Only/EPO) for limited stay permit holders.

Proof of having sufficient money for living expenses while in Indonesia must also be presented in the form of a checking account, savings book, or deposit for the last three months belonging to the relevant foreigner or guarantor with an amount of at least US$ 2,000 or equivalent.

Other than that, the foreigner applying is required to carry out the document return procedure through immigration (Exit Permit Only or EPO) at the immigration office.

The application must be done before the stay permit expires. In the event that the foreigner overstays less than 60 days, they are required to complete payment of expenses at the time of extension of the stay permit at the immigration office or when leaving Indonesia at the immigration checkpoint.

However, foreigners who already hold a limited stay visa may be granted a limited stay permit after reporting no later than seven days after arrival to the immigration office whose work area includes the residence of foreigners.

They can be subject to an overstay fee in accordance with the provisions of the legislation.

In the case of foreigners:

  1. Overstaying of more than 60 days;
  2. Being subject to immigration administrative actions in the form of deportation; and/or
  3. Being denied the granting of or extension of a stay permit based on the provisions of the regulations legislation,

They cannot be given a new stay permit and must leave Indonesia immediately.

Furthermore, extensions of ITAS, ITAP and/or re-entry permit (IMK) for foreigners who are still overseas can be given to foreigners whose ITAS, ITAP and/or IMK will expire through an application submitted by the guarantor to the immigration office, meeting the following conditions:

  1. The guarantor attaches the requirements in accordance with the provisions of the legislation by attaching a photocopy of the passport and proof of exit from Indonesia;
  2. Complete the application without going through the biometric collection process with approval Director General of Immigration; and
  3. The guarantor must report the arrival of the foreigner to the immigration office no later than 30 days from the date of entry in order to carry out the issuance of the ITAS, ITAP, and/or IMK.

Source: Directorate General of Immigration



Question & Answer on Mixed Nationality Marriages and Property Regulations

We get a lot of questions from clients and those who just need some honest, spin-free advice about mixed nationality marriage couples and their rights regarding property under Indonesian law, here is a tips on how he deals with this sort of question.

Question : What are the legal implications of mixed nationality marriages and property ownership in Indonesia?

Answer : We advise everyone who asks anything regarding the law to consult a professional lawyer or notary. All we can do is to give our opinions based on our knowledge and understanding. We do keep as up-to-date as we can and hold regular meetings and discussions with those professionals we see as being the most fair, honest and up to date. Having said that, the problem in the case of mixed nationality marriages and property ownership is that once an Indonesian citizen marries a foreigner they can lose the right to buy or sell Freehold land.


Question : So does an Indonesian have the same legal status as a foreigner when it comes to property transactions?

Answer :  Not exactly. Initially, this comes from a regulation dating back to Article 35 of the 1974 Marriage Law which states that a person cannot retain all assets obtained prior to marriage or assets inherited during marriage, unless the couple makes a prenuptial agreement. The definition of assets here covers land and property.

Meanwhile, articles 29 and 36 of the Marriage Law require Indonesian who marry foreigners to make prenuptial agreements in order to buy and own property if they wish to do so after they marry.

This is somewhat antiquated and a lot of the regulations in this act of 1974 have been changed and updated by various other acts, most notably in 2006, 2011 and 2015. An example of this can be seen in the fact that any land the person held before marriage is unaffected by the marriage, also a citizen is able to inherit land during the time of the marriage.

There are lots of people in this situation right now who don’t even know it’s a problem and the real problem will arise not when the Indonesian citizen buys a property, but when they come to sell, because the spouse has to sign off on all documentation relating to the sale. You don’t need your partner’s permission to buy. I’ve seen cases where the fact the spouse is foreign has been missed or overlooked by a Notary, but I don’t think this an ideal scenario and it really isn’t a position you want to put yourself in.


Question : So, what’s the solution?

Answer : The first thing to make a note of is where was the couple married? If they weren’t married in Indonesia was the marriage registered here?


Question : What difference would that make?

Answer : Because if the marriage wasn’t actually in Indonesia and wasn’t registered in Indonesia, Indonesian law won’t recognize it.


Question : OK, so let’s assume the couple were either married here or have had their marriage officially recognized. What’s the solution to this issue?

Answer : As I said, by law the easiest way is to have a Prenuptial Agreement. If the couple have this they just need to show a copy of the Prenup to the Notary at the time of sale. The Prenup basically needs to say that the foreigner has no claims or rights over any property the Indonesian owns. A Prenup can be prepared and signed by a Notary for a relatively small amount of money.


Question : What if they didn’t sign a Prenup?

Answer: Interestingly enough this applies to a lot of people who either married before the Prenup regulation came into play in 1974 or who married after but just didn’t know about it. Up until fairly recently there wasn’t a straight forward solution, I have heard of couples getting divorced then re-married, applying for KTP’s that stated they were single, (neither of which I would recommend by the way), or changing the title from Hak Milik to Hak Pakai and putting it in the name of the foreign spouse.

Question : Is there anything you would recommend that these couples can do?

Answer: The only really legal option is by going to court and asking the court for a reversal of the joint ownership regulation, this is known as aPerjanjian Pisah Harta. It’s important to emphasize here that this is NOT a Postnup and it’s not something a Notary can do on their own. To achieve this at court both partners have to show that they have their own incomes and they’re both financially secure.

They then need to argue that the reason for modifying the rule concerning assets is because it could be detrimental to one or both partners if it isn’t. This would cover all assets not just property, for example something not related to property like if they wanted to start a company.

It could be argued that one partner doesn’t want the other partner to be liable for any debt the company may incur because that would be detrimental to one or other of the partners. They should then ask the court to modify the matrimonial rule concerning assets before they create the company. This is a relatively new solution to the problem for us, I first heard about it being used in Jakarta with mixed couples who didn’t have a Prenup and we used it in Bali for the first time around 3 months ago.


Question: Are there any other options?

Answer: Not really, however PerCap, (the mixed race marriage lobbying group) have been pushing for a change in this regulation for a number of years, especially since the introduction of the updated regulation in December 2015. There’s a bill having its second reading in Parliament right now, addressing, among other things, this very issue. So, hopefully this somewhat outdated regulation will be changed or even abolished soon … watch this space!

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