Double the validity, half the renewal hassle. The Ministry of Law and Human Rights has passed a new regulation extending the validity of Indonesian passports from five years to 10 years.
The regulation, signed by Minister Yasonna Laoly on Sept. 19, came into effect on Sept. 29.
Those eligible for the new 10-year passport are Indonesian citizens aged 17 and above. Passports of children holding dual citizenships will only be valid until they are old enough to declare whether or not they want to remain Indonesian citizens.
It's also worth noting that valid 5-year passports will not have their validity automatically extended to 10 years. People with valid 5-year passports will receive their 10-year passports in their next renewal.
We just hope that there won't be any more surprises about our passports not meeting international standards.