Immigration Issues Visa On Arrival for Delegates to the 2022 GPDRR Meeting in Bali

As the holder of this year’s G20 Presidency, Indonesia is hosting the Global Platform for The seventh Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) held on 23-28 May 2022. In order to facilitate the implementation of the event which was held in Nusa Dua, Bali, the Directorate General of Immigration facilitated Visa On Arrival (Visa On Arrival) for foreign delegates.

“On April 27, 2022, the Acting Director General of Immigration issued a letter regarding the granting of Visa On Arrival (VOA) to foreign delegates attending the 2022 GPDRR event. Delegates can enter Indonesian territory through the Immigration Checkpoint (TPI) Soekarno-Hatta Airport in DKI Jakarta and TPI Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali. They use the VOA scheme which excludes citizens from Calling Visa countries and delegates who intend to carry out journalistic activities,” said Sub Coordinator of Public Relations of the Directorate General of Immigration, Achmad Nur Saleh.

In order to be granted VOA facilities, the 2022 GPDRR Delegates are required to attach requirements such as passports (diplomatic passports/service passports/ordinary passports), return tickets or canal tickets to continue their journey to other countries, proof of payment of PNBP Visa on Arrival, proof of insurance ownership in accordance with the decree of the Chair of the Covid-19 Task Force and an invitation letter to attend The 7th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 published by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).

The GPDRR Forum itself is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the United Nations (UN) to review progress, share knowledge, and discuss developments in Disaster Risk Management (DRR). The number of representatives from member countries who attended this year’s GPDRR was 193 people. In addition, as many as 77 foreign journalists applied for visas, 33 of whom had entered Indonesian territory. Some journalists could not enter because they could not show the registration results or the data was incomplete.

One of the main objectives of holding the GPDRR is to discuss disaster risk reduction efforts towards sustainable resilience. Not only that, this activity is also a forum for UN members to share information related to mitigation and disaster risk reduction measures in the future.

“Immigration’s involvement in the 2022 GPDRR is an important point in relation to the appointment of the Minister of Law and Human Rights as a member of the trial and registration field, where one of his roles is to carry out the registration process including immigration and consular participation of participants. This appointment is based on Presidential Decree 20/2021,” added Achmad.