Indonesia issued a new Halal certification law, under Government Regulation 39 of 2021 (GR 39/2021) that will impact businesses in most industries. GR 39/2021 states that products that enter, circulate, and are traded in Indonesia must be Halal certified unless they are originating from materials prohibited under Islam. (Source ASEAN Briefing)
Halal is an Arabic word meaning permitted, lawful, approved, sanctioned, legal, trustworthy or valid. For Muslims, Halal is a term that means any acceptable action under Islamic Sharia law. These laws apply not only to eating and drinking, but also to listening, dressing and dealing with others, people or animals. (Source: Research Gate)
Indonesia’s highest authority charged with certifying and issuing Halal certificates is the National Body of Halal Assurance (BPJPH) who work closely with the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI.)
Under MUI, the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Assessment Agency (LPPOM), and the MUI Fatwa Committee are responsible for Halal assessments, audits and declarations.
3E Accounting describe a 5-Step process to get your Halal Certification:
We can help you through this process.
Halal certification and labelling requirements will be rolled out as follows
Article 47 of the Halal Law states that Halal certified products and materials coming from overseas will only have to be registered at BPJPH and later sold and distributed in Indonesia without any change in their Halal registration status.
However, not all foreign certificates will be allowed to go through this process and those certification institutions that are not on the list will have to be assessed by BPJPH.
As of January 2020, the Ministry of Religion recognized 45-Halal certification bodies located outside of Indonesia in 26-countries. (Source: International Trade Association)
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VOA LIST EXPANSION
Who can apply for VOA:
Please find below details of the latest immigration regulations:
Single Entry Visitor Visas (B211A, B211B and B211C) issued after 16 April 2022, for both 60-days, can no longer be extended and you’ll need to apply for a new onshore visa, which we can process for IDR 4,500,000.
Single Entry Visitor Visas (B211A, B211B and B211C) issued before 16 April 2022, can be extended one more time for an additional 60-days. After the 60-days, you’ll need to apply for a new onshore visa. We can process this one time extension for IDR 2,500,000/ person and a new visa for IDR 4,500,000.
Your visa validity begins from the date of your arrival in Indonesia if you’re using the Denpasar Immigration Office.
And if you’re using the Ngurah Rai Immigration Office, your visa validity begins from the date your E-Visa was issued.
If arrival was before April 16 2022, the visa can be extended just one more time and is then valid for an additional 60-days. We can process this one time extension for IDR 2,500,000/ person.
Please note the visa cannot be extended more than one time but you can apply for a new onshore visa, which we can process for IDR 4,500,000.
If arrival was after April 16, 2022 the visa cannot be extended but you can apply for a new onshore visa, which we can process for IDR 4,500,000.
Visas on Arrival (VOA) can only be granted a one-time extension for 30-days, which we can process for IDR 950,000.
Please note this information was correct at the time of publication and may change without prior notice. Seven Stones Indonesia is not responsible for any updates and changes to these regulations.