MINISTRY of Law and Human Rights Bali Regional Office estimates that around 7,000 foreign tourists still lived in Bali during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Head of Bali’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office, Jamaruli Manihuruk in Denpasar, said there were estimated to be 7,000, of course there are those who hold limited residence permits, there are permanent residence permits, and there are visits.

He said for now it still had to record the amount that had to come out of Indonesia and then the number who still lived here, especially the Bali region. If you can still extend it, just extend it, so you don’t have to go out.

Meanwhile, according to the Head of the Immigration Division, Eko Budianto, said that foreign tourists who were still in Bali were dominated by Australian citizens.

“What we cannot return is that we are offered limited residence permits, permanent residency permits, some can be extended and not extended. But in principle, the background circular is soft policy, how do we then apply the policy not in a rigid manner,” he said.

Eko explained if in the process of returning to his country, there were no flights and could not transit, then what the immigration authorities did was provide another emergency residence permit, until the flight was there.

“For example flights in Bali do not have access to their country, but in other places such as Soekarno-Hatta, Surabaya, Batam there is access there, yes we ask them to get out through there, or indeed it is not in Indonesia, but there is a possibility of transit, we ask they went out. Normally, some classifications cannot be extended, they are different if they are emergency,” Eko noted.

In addition, the Directorate General of Immigration issues a Director General of Immigration Circular on Immigration Stay Permit Services in the New Normal Order.

The circular includes foreigners holding Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) and holders of Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP) and/or Re-entry Permit (IMK) whose validity period has expired and are abroad, who already have an approval letter from the ministry or technical institution and in the context of family reunification, to re-enter the territory Indonesia to extend the residence permit at the local immigration office, within a maximum of 60 days from the issuance of this immigration circular letter.

Second, foreigners who hold a Visiting Permit (ITK), Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) and Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP) who are still valid and are in Indonesia can apply for an extension of the residence permit at the immigration office in accordance with applicable regulations.

Furthermore, foreigners holding ITK who have obtained a Force Majeure Stay Permit (ITKT), can extend their stay based on previous ITK during the COVID-19 pandemic period has not ended and there are no flights, within 30 days and foreigners who have extended the ITK can submit a status transfer to ITAS.

The next policy is that foreigners who hold an Visit Visa On Arrival (VKSK) who have obtained ITKT, can extend their residence permit based on the previous VKSK until the COVID-19 pandemic period ends, and there is no means of transportation to leave Indonesian territory within 30 days.

As for foreigners who are Free Visa Visit (BVK) holders who have obtained ITKT, must leave Indonesia within 30 days. [antaranews/photo special]