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Jakarta Post

Foreign spouses hit by COVID-19 restrictions

  • Made Anthony Iswara


Jakarta   /   Sat, July 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Keeping distance: Passengers maintain a safe distance while in line for their health and immigration check on Thursday at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. (Reuters/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

Indonesian citizen Marcellina Lintang, 31, who works as a teacher in Iraq, will finish her contract in July. She is ready to return home but worried that immigration hurdles might soon separate her from her husband, an American citizen who does not have a stay permit for Indonesia.  She is now pulling all the stops to either obtain a stay permit for her husband or extend her visa in Iraq.  She has until July 14 before she is fined for overstaying. As of Saturday, she had yet to receive a decision from the Indonesian embassy on her husband’s future status in Indonesia.  The embassy is currently processing her report and coordinating with Marcellina on the matter.  “The worst scenario, and I hope it does not happen, would be for my son and I to go back to Indonesia while my husband returns to the United States,” she said.  Many Indo...