On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the outbreak of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus which first originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, the death toll from which has reportedly surpassed 1,000 on mainland China, while confirmed infections have passed 40,000 globally. Given the large population movements and the observed human-to-human transmission, it is not unexpected that new confirmed cases will continue to appear in other areas and countries outside of China.
Indonesia has yet to confirm a single suspect case, however, following the WHO's announcement, the Indonesian government has issued, among others, the following regulations:
- Regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights Number 3 of 2020 on the Temporary Suspension of Visa Exemptions, Visas and the Issuance of Emergency Stay Permits to Chinese Citizens (“MOLHR Reg 3/2020”)
- Circular Letter Number IMI-0954.GR.01.01 Tahun 2020 on the Temporary Suspension of Visa Exemptions, Visas and the Issuance of Emergency Stay Permits to Chinese Citizens dated 5 February 2020 issued by the Director General of Immigration (“DGI Circular Letter”)
- Circular Letter Number: SE.5 Tahun 2020 on the Anticipation of the Spreading of COVID-19 in Indonesian Port Areas dated 5 February 2020 issued by the Director General of Marine Affairs (“DGM Circular Letter”)
- Minister of Trade (MOT) Regulation Number 10 of 2020 on the Temporary Ban on Imports of Live Animals from the People’s Republic of China (“MOT Reg 10/2020”)
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