The government has officially extended the validity period of Indonesian citizens’ passports to 10 years. Previously, passports had a validity period of five years.
This change was confirmed through Government Regulation (PP) number 51 of 2020 concerning immigration by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on September 10th, 2020.
The provisions of paragraph (1) article 51 have been amended and now reads as follows:
Article 51 paragraph 1 states that the validity period of a standard passport is no longer than 10 (ten) years from the date of issue.
The Head of Public Relations and General Affairs at the Directorate General of Immigration, Arvin Gumilang, confirmed that passports for Indonesian citizens will now be valid for 10 years. However, in reality, a number of other regulations must still be confirmed.
“It is true that PP 51/2020 has already been issued which regulates the validity of standard passports for a maximum of 10 years,” said Gumilang.
“However, we are still waiting for the regulation which regulates several items including the Non-Tax State Revenue (PNPB) tariff,” he added.
The government submitted a plan to change the validity period of the passport at the mid-point last year. At that time, the change was aimed at saving printing costs. The number of applicants for standard passports also continues to increase every year.