The Government of the Republic of Indonesia has decided to prohibit the entry of foreign nationals (WNA) from all countries into Indonesia. The ban is in effect from January 1 to January 14, 2021.

The decision was made at a closed meeting at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Monday (28/12/2020). The meeting was chaired by President Joko Widodo.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi explained the background behind the government’s decision.

“First, currently there is news about a new strain of the coronavirus, which according to various scientific data has a faster rate of spreading,” he said.

“Second, in response to this, at the closed meeting of December 28, 2020, a decision was made to temporarily halt the entry of foreign citizens from all countries to Indonesia from January 1 to 14, 2021,” continued Retno.

He explained, for foreigners arriving in Indonesia up to December 31, 2020, the rules will apply according to the provisions in the addendum to the Covid-19 Handling Task Force Circular Number 3 of 2020, namely:

a. Produce RT-PCR test results via from their country of origin up to 48 hours before departure time and show during health checks or on the e-HAC Indonesia app.

b. Upon arrival in Indonesia, perform another PCR test. If the result is negative, the foreigner will carry out a mandatory quarantine for 5 days from the date of arrival at government designated quarantine locations.

c. After the 5-day quarantine, another PCR test will be performed. If the result is negative, the visitor shall be permitted to continue their journey.

Retno added that these regulations do not apply to Indonesian citizens returning home. The rules that apply to Indonesian nationals are listed in the Circular Letter addendum.

Retno added that there are exceptions for foreign ministerial officials or hold status of ministerial level and above. They may enter the country following strict health protocols.

“This policy will be outlined in a new circular letter from the Covid-19 Task Force,” said Retno.

Author: HL

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