The Jakarta Post
The idea of 10-year Indonesian passports has been discussed since 2018. (Shutterstock/File)
Conversations about the new Government Regulation (PP) No. 51/2020 on immigration have recently taken place on Twitter.
A majority of users highlighted one particular policy, which would extend the validity of Indonesian passports from five to 10 years.
The head of public relations and public affairs at the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Immigration Directorate General, Arvin Gumilang, has confirmed the matter. “It’s true that Government Regulation No. 51/2020, which regulates the validity of passports for a maximum of 10 years, has been issued,” Arvin told kompas.com.
However, the policy has not yet been applied. “We’re waiting for the implementing regulations that will set several things, including forgone nontax revenue,” Arvin said. “So, it has not been realized yet.”
The policy also specifies that the issuance of passports normally takes around four days after applicants complete their requirements.
In 2018, the same issue arose as the Immigration Directorate General planned to implement the policy that year. It was viewed as a solution to meeting the public’s high demand for passports. (wir/wng)
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