TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Following the issuance of a new regulation, foreign tourists visiting Indonesia planning on purchasing local prepaid SIM cards are also required to register their mobile phone numbers to the Indonesian Government.
Tourists will be able to do so at cellphone outlets by showing their passport or Temporary Living Permit (KITAS). According to Communications and Information Ministry spokesperson Noor Riza, tourists can also register their SIM Cards using other forms of international identifications that are acknowledged by the government.
“There will be outlets made available at airports. There is currently a Telkomsel outlet at terminal 3, which will be followed by other telecommunication providers later on,” said Noor.
Noor explained that foreigners cannot register through SMS such as required for Indonesian citizens.
Previously, the Indonesian government issued a regulation that requires mobile phone users to register their numbers using family card number and identity card number (NIK).
DEWI RINA CAHYANI