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How to Return to Indonesia Legally after Being Blacklisted

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The word ‘blacklist’ definitely strikes fear in many people. Here we are talking about the blacklist stamp you’ve got on your passport when you’ve got expelled from Indonesia by Indonesia immigration officers. If you are blacklisted in Indonesia, it means that you are not allowed to enter the country for whatever reason until your blacklist period is over.

More and more foreigners are blacklisted in Indonesia due to the most likely reason: overstaying in the country. However, this is not the end of the world. There are things you can do to make sure you can enter Indonesia legally without any future complications.

Cekindo has received many questions by concerned foreigners on how they can go about clearing their names and enter Indonesia again. So, we decided to tell you about the dreaded situation and how you can clear your blacklist status.

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What is a Blacklist in Indonesia?

A blacklist, also known Daftar Penangkalan in Indonesian, is the deportation stamp you receive on your passport, prohibiting you from entering Indonesia. There are two types of blacklist in Indonesia: a temporary blacklist and a permanent blacklist.

If you only break minor immigration rule or this is your first time being blacklisted, chances are you will get a temporary blacklisting with a period of 6 months.
However, if you do not request to clear yourself from the blacklist, the blacklist period will renew on its own every 6 months indefinitely.

How to Stop a Temporary Blacklisting?

Unfortunately, the temporary blacklisting will not end itself unless you initiate it. Therefore, first of all, you need to ensure your blacklist status with the Directorate General of Immigration in Jakarta.

Since you cannot do this on your own, you may ask an agent or a representative like Cekindo to visit the Directorate General in person to check if the status shows that you are still in the blacklist. You should get ready of your blacklist removal application before heading to the immigration.

The Blacklist Removal Process in Indonesia

Keep in mind that you need to wait until your minimum blacklist period is over only you can appeal for the removal. Then you may proceed with the steps below:

  • Appoint an agent to appeal in person at the immigration office in Jakarta for you. The agent is required to have a legal status in Indonesia to help you submit the application with mandatory documents.
  • The immigration will then issue a blacklist removal letter, or Surat Berakhir Masa Penangkalan on the same day.
  • Your agent will then fax the letter to the Indonesian Embassy or Indonesian Consulate where you would apply for your visa afterwards. Faxing is the only option here.
  • Then, your agent will assist you in applying for a visa once the embassy or consulate receives the fax.

Documents Required for Blacklist Removal in Indonesia

You must prepare the following documents for your agent for the appeal submission:

  • A petition letter known as Permohonan Pencabutan Cekal signed on IDR 6,000 stamp. A generic letter called Surat Permohonan is possible too. Please contact Cekindo for more information on preparing the letter.
  • Agent’s passport/ID copy
  • Your passport copy (must include all pages with stamps and blacklist stamp)

What If Your Application is Rejected?

If unfortunately your application is rejected, you will have to take your case further to the State Administrative Court or Peradilan Tata Usaha Negara. This will be a more complex procedure and you will need to engage a professional law specialist to resolve it.

Consult with Cekindo

At Cekindo, we have a team of visa specialists and legal experts who specialise in dealing with all types of visa and permit issues and taking care of immigration issues in Indonesia.

Book a free consultation with us today and we will learn about your circumstances and provide you with actionable steps to get through the immigration in Indonesia. Start by filling in the form below.