A total of 463 foreigners were refused entry through the Immigration Checkpoint (TPI) Soekarno-Hatta Airport because they did not meet the immigration requirements. This figure is calculated from January 1 to May 20, 2022. Based on the results of the recapitulation received from the Class I Immigration Office for TPI Soekarno-Hatta, the most common reasons for refusal were, among others, not meeting the provisions of Permenkumham Number 34 of 2021 and not having the intent and purpose. clear.
“According to data from the Soekarno-Hatta Immigration Office, the most foreigners who were refused entry because they did not comply with the provisions in Permenkumham 34/2021, there were 181 people. This number was followed by reasons for not having a clear purpose and objective, namely as many as 153 foreigners. In addition, we also found several cases of foreigners providing incorrect information to obtain visas, especially on February 26-27 and there were 5 (five) people who were detected as committing these violations,” said Sub Coordinator of Public Relations of the Directorate General of Immigration, Achmad Nur Saleh.
The countries whose citizens are most refused entry into Indonesian territory from the Soekarno-Hatta Airport TPI include Malaysia 47 people, India 37 people, followed by Nigeria, the United States and Pakistan with 33 people each. Then there are 31 people from England, 29 people from Bangladesh, 12 people from China, 11 people from Singapore, and 10 people from the Philippines, Ukraine and Germany.
Over the past five months, there have been a total of 41 refusals due to the discovery of false information from foreigners to obtain Indonesian visas. Achmad explained, this is a violation of Law no. 6 of 2011 concerning Immigration.
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“Therefore, we urge the public, both individuals and corporations, who will invite foreigners to Indonesia to be more careful. If possible, check the foreigner’s passport again and ask them to show other convincing data. In addition, choose a visa that matches the type of activity for foreigners in Indonesia. In Article 118 of Law no. 6 of 2011 it is stated that any guarantor who knowingly provides incorrect information or does not fulfill the guarantee provided, can be sentenced to a maximum of 5 (five) years in prison and a maximum fine of Rp. 500,000,000.00 (five hundred million rupiah).” Ahmad reminded me.
In addition, at the beginning of 2022 there were 21 foreigners who were refused entry because they were the subject of a temporary entry ban based on the SE Director General of Immigration No. IMI- 0303.GR.01.01 of 2021. The circular prohibits the entry of foreigners who have lived and/or visited the territory of certain countries to enter the Indonesian Territory in the context of preventing the spread of the new variant of Covid-19 (Omicron). Another health reason is based on the recommendation of the Port Health Office (according to the SE Head of the Covid-19 Task Force No. 25 of 2021), which resulted in 23 foreigners having to return to their country.
“Immigration always coordinates with relevant stakeholders in the context of controlling and supervising the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Therefore, foreigners and their guarantors must comply with the applicable health protocols and continue to monitor the website www.imigration.go.id and social media @ditjen_imigration to get updates on visa requirements and residence permits, as well as the latest immigration policies,” he said.