New International Travel Regulations to Enter Indonesia as of 25 October 2022
JAKARTA, 25 October 2022 – As an immediate response to recover tourism industry and relaxing the international travel restrictions, COVID-19 Task Force issued the Circular Letter of the COVID-19 Task Force Number 25 of 2022 concerning Health Protocols for International Travels during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Coordinator of Expert Team and Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Prof. Wiku Adisasmito said that the adjustment to the control mechanism for international travel is urgently needed. “The COVID-19 policy must also be adaptive with the dynamics of the virus, including the dynamics of its variants that occur globally,” Wiku said.
Furthermore, check out the latest regulation in Circular Number IMI-0740.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the Granting of a Second-Home Visa and Temporary Stay Permit issued on 25 October 2022, if you are planning to stay in Indonesia for up to 10 years.
1 | The general requirements regarding health protocols for international travelers are as follows:
- Wearing 3 ply of fabric mask or medical grade mask, covering nose, mouth, and chin at indoor settings or any crowded situations;
- Replacing the mask regularly within every 4 hours, and dispose the waste in the proper place;
- Washing hands regularly with water and soap or hand sanitizers;
- Maintaining social distance for a minimum of 1.5 meters and avoiding crowds; and
- Keeping in mind that it is advised not to have one-way or two-way communication by telephone or in person throughout the trip using public transportation modes of land, rail, sea, river, lake, ferry, and air.
2 | All International travelers, both Indonesian citizens and foreign nationals can enter Indonesia through the entry points assigned, which are:
- Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Banten;
- Juanda International Airport, East Java;
- Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali;
- Hang Nadim International Airport, Riau Islands;
- Sam Ratulangi International Airport, North Sulawesi;
- Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport, West Nusa Tenggara;
- Kualanamu International Airport, North Sumatra;
- Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, South Sulawesi;
- Yogyakarta International Airport, Yogyakarta;
- Sultan Syarif Kasim II, Riau.
- Sultan Iskandar Muda, Aceh;
- Minangkabau, West Sumatra;
- Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman, East Kalimantan;
- Kertajati International Airport, West Java; and
- Sentani International Airport, Papua
All international seaports in Indonesia are now opened as entry points for international travel through the consideration of the Directorate General of Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation.
c. Cross Border State
- Aruk, West Kalimantan;
- Entikong, West Kalimantan;
- Motaain, East Nusa Tenggara;
- Nanga Badau, West Kalimantan;
- Motamasin, East Nusa Tenggara;
- Wini, East Nusa Tenggara;
- Skouw, Papua; and
- Sota, Papua
3 | International travelers can enter Indonesia through the following conditions:
- Indonesian citizens are allowed to enter Indonesia by following the strict health protocol as mentioned in number 1.
- Foreign nationals are allowed to enter Indonesia by fulfilling the requirements as follows:
- In accordance with the provisions on immigration regulated by the ministry that administers government affairs in the fields of Law and Human Rights;
- In accordance with the agreement scheme (bilateral), such as the Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA); and/or
- Granted special consideration/permission in writing from the Ministry/Agency.
4 | Requirements for Departure Documents for international travelers from Indonesia are as follows:
- International travelers with the status of Indonesian citizens aged 18 years and above who will travel abroad from Indonesia are required to show a card/certificate (physical or digital) of receiving the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine (booster) which is shown through the PeduliLindungi app.
- The provisions on the obligation to show the card/certificate as referred to in letter a are excluded for Indonesian citizens with the following provisions:
- International travelers with the status of Indonesian citizens with special health conditions or comorbid diseases that cause them to not receive the vaccine are required to attach a doctor’s certificate from the Government Hospital stating that the person concerned has not and/or cannot receive the Covid-19 vaccine; or
- International travelers with the status of Indonesian citizens who have finished carrying out COVID-19 isolation/treatment and have been declared inactive in transmitting COVID-19 but have not been able to get the third dose of vaccination (booster) must show a doctor’s certificate from the Government Hospital or Ministry of Health stating that the person concerned is no longer active. actively transmit COVID-19 or COVID-19 recovery certificate.
5 | Requirements for Arrival Documents for international travelers going to Indonesia are as follows:
- International travelers must download and use PeduliLindungi app before departure;
- Presenting the card/certificate (physical or digital) of receiving the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure written in English, other than the language of the country of origin.
- The obligation to show proof (physical and digital) of COVID-19 vaccination certificates as requirements for entering Indonesia are excluded to:
- Foreign nationals under 18 years old; and
- International travelers with special health conditions or comorbid diseases that cause travelers cannot receive vaccines, with the requirements of presenting a doctor’s certificate from the State Departure Hospital which states that the concerned person has not been and/or cannot receive COVID-19 vaccination.
- International travelers who have not received a complete dose of vaccination, have finished carrying out COVID-19 isolation or treatment, and have been declared inactive in transmitting COVID-19 with the requirement that they attach a doctor’s certificate from the Government Hospital of the departure country or the ministry that carries out government affairs in the health sector on the country of departure stating that the person concerned is no longer actively transmitting COVID-19 or the COVID-19 recovery certificate;
- International travelers with the status of foreign nationals who are Diplomatic visa holders and work visas related to official visit/state officials at the ministerial level or above and foreign nationals who entered Indonesia with the Travel Corridor Arrangement scheme, according to the principle of reciprocity while implementing a strict health protocol; and
- International travelers with the status of foreign nationals who have not received the vaccine and intend to travel domestically in order to continue their journey with international flights out of Indonesian territory, are allowed not to show their COVID-19 vaccination card/certificate as long as they do not leave the airport area during transit waiting for international flights to be followed, with requirements:
- Has been permitted by the local Port Health Office to travel domestically in order to continue the journey with international flights out of the territory of Indonesia; and
- Showing the schedule of flight tickets outside Indonesia for direct transit from the departure city to the international airport in the territory of Indonesia with the final destination to the destination country.
6 | COVID-19 Entry Points Health Protocols are listed as follows:
- International travelers must proceed through international travel arrival documents checking as being mentioned in no. 4.
- Upon arrival at the entry points, international travelers must undergo a COVID-19 symptom check, including a body temperature check.
- International travelers with a symptom of COVID-19 or body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius must undergo RT-PCR examination upon arrival with payment borne by the government for Indonesian citizen and by self-financing for foreign nationals
- International travelers without a symptom of COVID-19 and body temperature below 37.5 degrees Celsius are not required to undergo RT-PCR examination upon arrival and can continue their travel while also conducting 14 days of self health monitoring.
- International travelers conducting the RT-PCR confirmation examination as referred to in point c are allowed to continue the journey after conducting the RT-PCR confirmation examination sample and must comply with the following provisions:
- Waiting for the results of the RT-PCR confirmation examination in hotel rooms, lodging rooms, or residences; and
- Are not allowed to leave hotel rooms, lodging rooms, or residences and are not allowed to interact with other people before the results of the RT-PCR confirmation examination show negative results.
7 | Positive Case Follow-up Mechanism and Isolation/Treatment are as follows:
- International travelers with positive RT-PCR confirmation examination results without symptoms or experiencing mild symptoms are required to carry out isolation/treatment in isolation hotels or centralized isolation facilities set by the government or self-isolate in their own residences with isolation/treatment times as recommended by the Ministry of Health.
- International travelers with positive RT-PCR confirmation examination results accompanied by moderate or severe symptoms and/or with uncontrolled comorbidities, will be isolated/treated at a Covid-19 referral hospital with isolation/treatment time according to recommendations from doctors and recommendations from the Ministry of Health.
8 | C OVID-19 Vaccination Program for International Travelers are as follows:
- International travelers with the status of Indonesian citizens who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination, either the first dose, the second dose, or the third dose are required to undergo vaccination at the entry point for overseas travel after a symptom check is carried out.
- International travelers with the status of foreign nationals who are already in Indonesia and will travel, both domestically and internationally, are required to undergo vaccination through a program or mutual cooperation scheme in accordance with the provisions of the legislation.
9 | Financing of all the provisions mentioned above are regulated as follows:
- The cost of RT-PCR confirmation examination at the entry point as referred to in number 5.c. for foreign nationals it is borne independently, while for Indonesian citizens it is borne by the government.
- The cost of handling COVID-19 and medical evacuation for foreign nationals is borne independently, while for Indonesian citizens it is borne by the government.
- The cost of vaccination at the entry point for international travelers with the status of Indonesian citizens as referred to in letter 7.a is borne by the government.
- In the event that the international travelers with the status of foreign nationals are unable to finance the RT-PCR confirmation examination at the entry point and isolation/treatment when the results of the RT-PCR confirmation examination show positive results, as referred to in point a and b, then the Sponsor, Ministry/Institution/State-Owned Enterprises providing the consideration of the entry permit for the foreigner can be asked for the accountability in question.
10 | Other provisions are as follows:
- In regards to the results of the RT-PCR test at the entry point, a written comparison can be requested by filling out the form provided by the Port Health Office or the Ministry of Health at the expense of the inspection being borne by the international travelers.
- The implementation of the RT-PCR comparison test as referred to in point a is carried out simultaneously by the Port Health Office in 2 (two) laboratories for the purpose of SGTF comparison examination and comparative examination of RT-PCR results, namely at: Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes), Cipto Mangunkusumo Central General Hospital (RSCM), 9 Gatot Soebroto Army Central Hospital (RSPAD), Bhayangkara Raden Said Sukanto Hospital (Polri Hospital) or other government laboratories (Environmental Health Engineering Center, Regional Health Laboratory, or other government reference laboratories).
- The Port Health Office of airports and international seaports facilitates international travelers requiring emergency medical services upon arrival in Indonesia in accordance with the provisions of laws and regulations.
- Every transportation mode operator at the entry point for overseas travel is required to use the PeduliLindungi app.
- Ministries/institutions/regional apparatus that carry out functions related to the international travelers must follow up this Circular Letter by issuing legal instruments that are in harmony and do not conflict with the provisions of laws and regulations.
- The legal instrument as referred to in point e is an inseparable part of this Circular Letter.
This regulation is effective from 1 September 2022 until a later date is determined. You can check the complete detail regarding this regulation on this link.
Visa Exemption Arrangement facility and Visa on Arrival for Indonesia
Furthermore, based on the Circular Letter of the Directorate General of Immigration No. IMI-0700.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the Ease of Immigration to Support Sustainable Tourism during the COVID-19 Pandemic effective from 15 September 2022, the Indonesian government has decided to exercise the Visa Exemption Arrangement facility and updated the list of countries eligible for Visa On Arrival (VOA) for tourism purposes.
The list of countries and special entities for Visit Visa Exemption Arrangement facility , in alphabetical order are:
- Brunei Darussalam,
- Thailand, and
Visit Visa Exemption for Tourism Purpose are granted for foreign nationals at the Immigration Checkpoints as follows :
1) Hang Nadim, Riau Islands;
2) Juanda, East Java;
3) Kertajati, West Java;
4) Kualanamu, North Sumatra;
5) Minangkabau, West Sumatra;
6) Ngurah Rai, Bali;
7) Sam Ratulangi, North Sulawesi;
8) Sentani, Jayapura;
9) Soekarno Hatta, Banten;
10) Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman, East Kalimantan;
11) Sultan Hasanuddin, South Sulawesi;
12) Sultan Iskandar Muda, Aceh;
13) Sultan Syarif Kasim II, Riau;
14) Yogyakarta, DI Yogyakarta;
15) Zainuddin Abdul Majid, West Nusa Tenggara.
1) Achmad Yani, North Maluku;
2) Amamapare, Papua;
3) Anggrek, Gorontalo;
4) Bagan Siapi-Api, Riau;
5) Bandar Bentan Telani Lagoi, Riau Islands;
6) Bandar Seri Udana Lobam, Riau Islands;
7) Bandar Sri Setia Raja, Riau;
8) Batam Centre, Riau Islands;
9) Batu Ampar, Riau Islands;
10) Belakang Padang, Riau Islands;
11) Belawan, North Sumatra;
12) Benete, West Nusa Tenggara;
13) Benoa, Bali;
14) Biak, Papua;
15) Boom Baru, South Sumatra;
16) Celukan Bawang, Bali;
17) Cirebon, West Java;
18) Citra Tri Tunas, Riau Islands;
19) Ciwandan, Banten;
20) Dumai, Riau;
21) Dwi Kora, West Kalimantan;
22) Gunung Sitoli, North Sumatera;
23) Jambi, Jambi;
24) Jayapura, Papua;
26) Kabil, Riau Islands;
27) Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi;
28) Kota Baru, South Kalimantan;
29) Kuala Enok, Riau;
30) Kuala Langsa, Aceh;
31) Kuala Tanjung, North Sumatra;
32) Kumai, Central Kalimantan;
33) Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara;
34) Lauren Say, East Nusa Tenggara;
35) Lemar, West Nusa Tenggara;
36) Lhokseumawe, Aceh;
37) Malahayati, Aceh;
38) Manado, North Sulawesi Utara;
40) Marina Ancol, DKI Jakarta;
41) Marina Teluk Senimba, Riau Islands;
42) Merauke, Papua;
43) Muara Sabak, Jambi;
44) Nongsa Terminal Bahari, Riau Islands;
45) Nusantara, North Sulawesi;
46) Nusantara Nusantara Pare Pare, South Sulawesi;
47) Padang Bai, Bali;
48) Panarukan, East Java;
49) Pangkal Balam, Bangka Belitung;
50) Panjang, Lampung;
51) Pantoloan, Central Sulawesi;
52) Pasuruan, East Java;
53) Patimban, West Java;
54) Probolinggo, East Java;
55) Pulau Baai, Bengkulu;
56) Sabang, Aceh;
57) Samarinda, East Kalimantan;
58) Sampit, Central Kalimantan;
59) Samudera, North Sulawesi;
60) Saumlaki, Maluku;
61) Sekupang, Riau Islands;
62) Selat Lampa, Riau Islands;
63) Semayang, East Kalimantan;
64) Siak Sri Indrapura, Riau;
65) Sibolga, North Sumatra;
66) Sintete, West Kalimantan;
67) Soekarno-Hatta, South Sulawesi;
68) Sorong, Papua;
69) Sri Bayintan, Riau Islands;
70) Sri Bintan Pura, Riau Islands;
71) Sunda Kelapa, DKI Jakarta;
72) Sungai Guntung, Riau;
73) Tanjung Balai Karimun, Riau Islands;
74) Tanjung Emas, Central Jawa;
75) Tanjung Gudang, Bangka Belitung;
76) Tanjung Harapan, Riau;
77) Tanjung Intan, Central Java;
78) Tanjung Kalian, Bangka Belitung;
79) Tanjung Pandan, Bangka Belitung;
80) Tanjung Perak, East Java;
81) Tanjung Priok, DKI Jakarta;
82) Tanjung Uban, Riau Islands;
83) Tanjung Wangi, East Java;
84) Tarempa, Riau Islands;
85) Teluk Bayur, West Sumatra;
86) Teluk Nibung, North Sumatra;
87) Tembilahan, Riau;
88) Tenau, East Nusa Tenggara;
89) Tri Sakti, South Kalimantan;
90) Tual, Maluku;
91) Yos Sudarso, Maluku;
c. Cross-Border Posts:
1) Aruk, West Kalimantan;
2) Entikong, West Kalimantan;
3) Marore, North Sulawesi;
4) Miangas, North Sulawesi;
5) Mota’ain, East Nusa Tenggara;
6) Motamasin, East Nusa Tenggara;
7) Nanga Badau, West Kalimantan;
8) Serasan, Riau Islands;
9) Skouw, Papua;
10) Sota, Papua;
11) Tunon Taka, North Kalimantan;
12) Wini, East Nusa Tenggara
Effective from 27 July 2022, below are the list of countries and special entities for VOA for tourism, in alphabetical order:
- Bosnia Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Timor Leste
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- Vatican City
VOA for Tourism Purpose are granted for foreign nationals at the Immigration Checkpoints as follows:
Immigration Checkpoints on Airports
- Hang Nadim, Riau Islands;
- Juanda, East Java;
- Kualanamu, North Sumatra;
- Minangkabau, West Sumatra;
- Ngurah Rai, Bali;
- Raja Haji Fisabilillah, Riau Islands;
- Sam Ratulangi, North Sulawesi;
- Sentani, Papua
- Soekarno Hatta, DKI Jakarta;
- Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman, East Kalimantan;
- Sultan Hasanuddin, South Sulawesi;
- Sultan Iskandar Muda, Aceh;
- Sultan Syarif Kasim II, Riau;
- Yogyakarta in Special Region of Yogyakarta;
- Zainuddin Abdul Madjid in West Nusa Tenggara.
Immigration Checkpoints on Seaports
- Bandar Bentan Telani Lagoi, Riau Islands;
- Bandar Seri Udana Lobam, Riau Islands;
- Batam Centre, Riau Islands;
- Belawan, North Sumatra;
- Benoa, Bali;
- Biak, Papua;
- Citra Tri Tunas, Riau Islands;
- Dumai in Riau;
- Jayapura, Papua;
- Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara;
- Lembar, West Nusa Tenggara;
- Marina Teluk Senimba, Riau Islands;
- Malundung, North Kalimantan;
- Marina Ancol, Jakarta;
- Nongsa Terminal Bahari, Riau Islands;
- Nusantara Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi;
- Padang Bai, Bali;
- Sabang, Aceh;
- Samudera, North Sulawesi;
- Saumlaki, Maluku;
- Sekupang, Riau Islands;
- Tanjung Emas, Central Java;
- Sibolga, North Sumatra;
- Soekarno-Hatta, South Sulawesi;
- Sorong, Papua;
- Sri Bintan Pura, Riau Islands;
- Sunda Kelapa, DKI Jakarta;
- Tanjung Balai Karimun, Riau Islands;
- Tanjung Pandan, Bangka Belitung;
- Tanjung Perak, East Java;
- Tanjung Priok, Jakarta;
- Tarempa, Riau Islands;
- Teluk Bayur, North Jakarta;
- Tenau, East Nusa Tenggara;
- Tual, Maluku
Immigration Checkpoints on Cross-Border Posts
- Aruk, West Kalimantan;
- Entikong, West Kalimantan;
- Mota’ain, East Nusa Tenggara;
- Motamasin, East Nusa Tenggara;
- Sota, Papua;
- Tunon Taka, North Kalimantan;
- Wini, East Nusa Tenggara
The regulations and details for Visit Visa Exemption for Tourism Purpose and Visa On Arrival for Tourism are listed as follows:
1. International travelers must present all requirements for the VOA at the immigration counter, namely:
- A nationality passport which includes:
- A return ticket or a connecting ticket to continue traveling to another country;
- Proof of non-tax revenue payment in case of applying for a VOA for tourism purpose
2. Visa Exemption Arrangement for Tourism and VOA for tourism can be used by foreign nationals to carry out tourism activities or government duties in international activities of a state or government nature;
3. In the event that the foreign national as referred to in number 3 will carry out government duties in international activities of a state or government nature, in addition to meeting the requirements as referred to in number 2 must also attach an invitation letter to attend a conference/trial/meeting issued by the related Ministry/Agency of the Republic of Indonesia;
4. VOA for Tourism can also be granted to foreign nationals holding Diplomatic Passports or Service Passports who are not citizens of the State, Government of a Special Administrative Region of a State, and Certain Entities Subject to a VOA for Tourism in the event that there is no Representative of the Republic of Indonesia in the country/place of residence or emergency/urgent activities, by examining the following requirements:
- Diplomatic Passport or Service Passport with a validity period of at least 6 (six) months,
- A return ticket or a one-way ticket to continue the journey to another country;
- Request letter from the Ministry/Agency/Agency of the Republic of Indonesia;
- Letter of approval from the Director General of Immigration;
- Proof of non-tax revenue payment for VOA for tourism; and
- Invitation letter to attend conferences/trials/meetings issued by Ministries/Institutions/Agencies of the Republic of Indonesia, in terms of the intention of visiting foreigners for government duties in international activities of a state or government nature;
5. The approval letter from the Director General of Immigration as referred to in number 4 letter d is submitted by the chairs of the Ministry/Institution/Agency of the Republic of Indonesia to the Director General of Immigration u.p. Director of Immigration Traffic by attaching:
- A request letter from the Ministry/Agency/Agency of the Republic of Indonesia containing data on foreign nationals and the reasons for the submission,
- Diplomatic Passport or Service Passport with a validity period of at least 6 (six) months, and
- A return ticket or a one-way ticket to continue the journey to another country;
6. Foreign nationals holding Visa Exemption Arrangement for Tourism and VOA for tourism cannot apply for a New Stay Permit through a Visa application;
7. Foreign nationals holding Visa Exemption Arrangement for Tourism and VOA for tourism can leave the territory of Indonesia through all Immigration Checkpoints;
8. The applicable rate for a VOA for tourism is the rate for a Visa on Arrival as referred to in the Attachment to Government Regulation Number 28 of 2019 which is IDR 500,000,-;
9. Perform data reconciliation between non-tax revenue payments, use of Visit Visa stickers on VOA for tourism with immigration crossings on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis;
Passport holders outside the above listed categories in point 2, can also enter Indonesia through entry points mentioned in point 1 by applying for e-visa prior to departure.
If you’re already in Indonesia and planning to depart on a domestic trip, we suggest you find an updated regulation regarding domestic travel by clicking the link here.
Second Home Visa
Foreigners can stay for 5 (five) or 10 (ten) years and carry out various activities, such as investment and others. Foreigners can also conveniently apply for a second-home visa through a website-based application( visa-online.imigrasi.go.id ).
Check here for the required documents.
It is also expected for all international travelers to practice healthy habits such as washing hands frequently, wearing a mask in public places, and implementing social distancing. Kindly note that this regulation changes dynamically in order to adapt to certain circumstances. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Youtube to get an immediate update on the regulations in the future.aaa
*Disclaimer : This article was updated on October 25, 2022. Due to the dynamic nature of travel regulations, please stay updated and confirm your itinerary with your chosen travel providers.
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Travelling with your South African permanent residence certificate
Travelling with your South African permanent residence certificate Reviewed by Intergate Immigration South Africa on Nov 30 Rating: 4.5 New South African Permanent Residency Process New South African Permanent Residency Process
In 2015 the process for issuing proof of South African permanent residence changed.
Up to that point, permanent residents received a stamp or sticker in their passport as endorsement of their residency status.
The change saw a scrapping of the endorsement and instead permanent residents started to only receive their permanent residence certificates.
A lot of permanent residents became dissatisfied when they realised it complicates travelling. It was simple to travel with a passport with an endorsement.
Travelling with a permanent residence certificate that could get lost? A whole different ballgame.
What do I need to be aware of?
You must take your permanent residence certificate whenever you travel outside of South Africa.
What if I currently have an endorsement (stamp or sticker) in my passport?
If you still have a permanent resident stamp or sticker in your passport, you can prepare for one of two scenarios at border control:
- You may not be granted entry into South Africa as a permanent resident without presenting the permanent residence certificate to confirm your status; or
- You get lucky and you’re let into South Africa without a hitch.
Our advice? Always carry your permanent residence certificate with you.
What else can I do, other than carry my South African permanent residence certificate?
It’s understandable that you do not want to carry your original permanent residence certificate with you at all times. Unfortunately if it gets lost, your certificate cannot be reissued. You can only apply for your status to be confirmed and this is generally a lengthy process.
The good news is that immigration officials have, to date, accepted certified copies of permanent residence certificates. You can use your South African ID to serve as further proof of your status, however, an ID alone is not sufficient.
Can Intergate Immigration help with ID book applications?
No, unfortunately we do not, as ID book applications must be made in person.
What if I have more questions?
If there is anything you’d like to clarify about travelling with your South African permanent residency certificate, please feel free to contact us on either +27 (0) 21 42 42460 or +27 (0) 11 234 4275. Alternatively, simply submit your details on our website and one of our consultants will contact you instead.
What happens after you get South African PR?
After years of waiting, you’ve received the outcome of your permanent residence application. You open the envelope with bated breath…and you’re elated to see that the wait was worth it. Your PR has been approved!
But, what happens now?
This is a question we get often from our clients. Some aren’t sure if there’s anything left to do while others don’t know their rights and responsibilities as South African permanent residents.
The good news is that you’ve put all the hard work behind you once you get your PR status. There is very little left to do and you enjoy just about every right that citizens do.
We’re going to explore this in detail below by answering these questions:
- What is permanent residence?
- What serves as proof of my PR status?
- What are the benefits of being a permanent resident?
- What are my rights?
- What are my responsibilities?
What is ‘South African permanent residence’?
Permanent residence entitles you to stay and reside in South Africa indefinitely although you are not a citizen. You’ll usually apply for permanent residence after obtaining temporary residence.
What serves as proof of my PR status?
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) issues all successful permanent resident applicants with a PR certificate as proof of their status within South Africa.
Please note that your PR certificate is only issued once. We recommend that you carry a certified copy while keeping the original in a safe place. The only instance where you must show the original is when you travel internationally.
Should you lose your PR certificate, you’ll be able to apply for a Proof of PR. This Proof of PR will take 6 to 12 months to process. Instead of a certificate, you’ll receive a letter issued by the DHA to confirm your PR status.
What are the benefits of being a permanent resident?
Life is so much simpler as a South African permanent resident! Here’s why we say this:
- You are free to apply for jobs, move freely between employers, and change job titles.
- You can take up any sort of studies, even part-time or short courses.
- You can set up a business without having to first apply for a business visa.
- Visa applications and renewals, and the uncertainty surrounding them, are a thing of the past!
In addition to this, your first-kin family members can also apply for permanent residence based on your status. These family members are your spouse or life partner, children, and parents.
Please note that your children born in South Africa after you’ve received PR do not automatically get South African citizenship or permanent residency. Instead, your children are eligible to apply for relatives’ temporary and permanent residence based on your PR status. This should be done once your child’s birth has been registered and you’ve received their passport from your home country.
We wrote extensively about this topic on our blog. Read the article here.
What are my rights?
You enjoy the same rights as a South African citizen when you’re a permanent resident, except for the right to vote and the right to hold a South African passport. These rights are reserved for South African citizens only.
You will, however, be able to apply for a South African ID and driver’s license:
Applying for your ID
Your South African ID is important if you intend to live in South Africa permanently. Without an ID number, you may not be able to, for instance, apply for a credit card or a bond, or take out a cell phone contract.
Intergate does not assist with ID applications, but you can read more about applying for your ID on the DHA’s website.
Applying for your driver’s license
You must convert your foreign driving license to a South African one within a year of receiving your PR status. If you fail to do this, your driver’s license will be regarded as invalid.
Intergate does not assist with converting or applying for driver’s licenses. You can get more information on how to convert your license on the South African government website.
What are my responsibilities?
While your permanent resident status does not expire and remain valid indefinitely, you must not remain outside of South Africa for more than three years at a time. The DHA may withdraw your status if you leave South Africa for 3 years or longer.
In the following instances, you’ll also have to confirm that you still meet the permanent resident requirements:
- Business: You’ll have to do a ‘confirmation of business’ within two years of receiving PR and again three years after the first confirmation. You’ll have to prove that:
- You’ve made the stipulated investment in the business.
- The business is still running.
- You’re still employing the required number of South Africans.
Our client managers can take you through these requirements in detail if you’re a client of ours. If you’re not a client but seeking guidance on South African permanent residence, please give us a call on 021 424 2460 or enquire online to speak with a consultant.