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Changes in administrative measures to adapt to Indonesia's new normal【End of Visa Expiration Relief and Changes to Official Corona-Related Terms】



Termination of Relief for Expired Visas during Temporary Return to Japan

On 6 April, the General Directorate of Immigration at the Indonesian Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (Direktorat Jenderal ImigrasiKementerian Hukum dan HAM RI) announced that foreign nationals who have temporarily returned to Indonesia following the spread of a new coronavirus infection in the country, while staying outside of Indonesia As a remedy for expired permits (ITAS/KITAS)/settlement permits (ITAP/KITAP), the government had announced that people would be allowed to re-enter Indonesia even if they had expired.

Many Japanese expatriates who entered Indonesia after their visas had expired in Japan and were waiting for the Immigration Department to resume visa operations in Indonesia to take advantage of this relief measure, but since July 13, visa renewal operations have already resumed with a limited number of people.

With the resumption of the visa renewal process, the relief is expected to end, and you can re-enter Indonesia and apply for an extension within 60 days of the 13th, even if your ITAS/ITAP expired, but if you do not re-enter within 60 days, you will need to get a new visa. So there are voices of dissatisfaction and anxiety on social networking sites, such as "What is the meaning of forcing people to return to Indonesia as the spread of the new coronavirus continues" and "Is the Immigration Bureau's visa renewal process working properly?

Companies are likely to move back to Indonesia, even if it means loosening the travel standards for expatriates.

Redefining Terminology and Classification of Novel Coronavirus Infections

The number of new cases of new coronaviruses in Indonesia is exceeding 1,000 every day, but based on the accumulated experience in the medical field, the names and classification of OTG (asymptomatic patients), ODP (observational patients), and PDP (patients to be monitored) are no longer appropriate for the current situation, which is why the Minister of Insurance decided to change the names and classification criteria yesterday, July 14.

Today's decision by the Minister of Health changed the name and definition.

1. Kasus suspek←PDP (patients under surveillance)
2. Kasus probable
3. Kasus konfirmasi←OTG (asymptomatic infected person)
4. Kontak erat←ODP (observed person)
5. Pelaku Perjalanan
6. Discarded
7. Selesai isolasi
8. Kematian…

Previously, it was classified as follows.

【The Insurance Minister's decision released on April 9HK.01.07/Menkes/247/2020】

  1. Asymptomatic = OTG(Orang Tanpa Gejala)
    • Asymptomatic but in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  2. Person being observed = ODP(Orang Dalam Pemantauan)
    • Fever (> = 38 degrees Celsius) or symptoms of a cold/sickness/throat/cough.
    • History of international travel or living in a country/region that reports local infections or has a history of contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases
  3. Patients to be monitored = PDP(Pasien Dalam Pengawasan)
    • Fever (> = 38 degrees Celsius) with cough / shortness of breath / sore throat / runny nose / mild to severe pneumonia.
    • A history of travel or living in a country or region where local transmission has been reported, or a history of contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
    • Patients with severe acute/acute respiratory infections (ISPA) that require hospital treatment

And the reorganization in yesterday's Insurance Minister's decision to classify by case rather than by person or patient, I think this is because in subdividing the categories based on medical conditions and behaviours, there is a limit to dividing them by human designations, and cases are more detailed and more accurately defined.

【Minister of Insurance's July 14 decision.HK.01.07/Menkes/413/2020

  1. Questionable Cases(Kasus Suspek)←Previous PDPs (patients monitored) are applicable.
    • People with acute respiratory infection (ARI) and who have traveled or lived in a country or region within Indonesia where the infection has been reported in the past 14 days before the onset of symptoms.
    • People with one of the symptoms or signs of acute respiratory infection (ARI) and a history of contact with a "probable case" (Kasus Probable) or "case requiring confirmation" (Kasus Konfirmasi) in the past 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms.
    • Patients with severe acute acute respiratory infection (ARI)/pneumonia that requires hospital treatment and has no other cause based on compelling clinical findings.
  2. Possible cases.(Kasus Probable)
    Severe acute respiratory infection (ARI)/death in a "suspected case (Kasus Suspek)," with convincing clinical findings of Covid-19 and no real-time PCR test results.
  3. Cases that need to be confirmed(Kasus Konfirmasi) ←Previous OTGs (asymptomatic individuals) fall into this category.
    These are people who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in a real-time PCR test. Confirmation cases fall into two categories.

    • Cases with symptoms
    • Asymptomatic confirmed cases
  4. Thick contact(Kontak Erat)←Previous ODPs (subjects of observation) are applicable.
    A person with a history of contact with a "probable case" (Kasus Probable) or a "case requiring confirmation" (Kasus Konfirmasi). The contact history in question includes the following.

    • Within a 1-meter radius of a "probable case" (Kasus Probable) or "case requiring confirmation" (Kasus Konfirmasi), or face-to-face or in close contact for at least 15 minutes.
    • Direct physical contact (e.g., shaking hands, holding hands, etc.) with a "probable case" (Kasus Probable) or "case requiring confirmation" (Kasus Konfirmasi).
    • 'Probable Case (Kasus Probable)' or 'Confirmed Case (Kasus Konfirmasi)' and those who are nursed without the use of standardized defensive devices APD (Alat Pelindung Diri ).
    • Other circumstances indicative of contact are based on local risk assessments as determined by the local epidemiology team.
  5. International or domestic travellers(Pelaku Perjalanan)
    You must have moved from within the country (domestic) or abroad in the past 14 days.
  6. discard(Discarded)
    • A "suspected case" (Kasus Suspek) who has two negative real-time PCR tests on two consecutive days with an interval of more than 24 hours.
    • Those who have completed the 14-day quarantine period in "Kontakt Erat".
  7. The quarantine is over.(Selesai Isolasi)
    After the end of quarantine, the following cases apply

    • Asymptomatic "cases requiring confirmation (Kasus Konfirmasi)" with no real-time PCR follow-up and 10 days of independent isolation after confirmation of the diagnosis.
    • Symptomatic "probable cases" (Kasus Probable) or "cases requiring confirmation" (Kasus Konfirmasi) where the patient did not have real-time PCR follow-up for 10 days from the date of onset and no more symptoms of fever or respiratory disease after at least 3 days.
    • A symptomatic "probable case" (Kasus Probable) or "confirmed case" (Kasus Konfirmasi) with one negative real-time PCR follow-up result and no more symptoms of fever or respiratory disease after at least 3 days.
  8. Death(Kematian)
    A "probable case" (Kasus Probable) or a "case requiring confirmation" (Kasus Konfirmasi) where the cause of death is Covid-19.

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