Apart from tightening the mobility of domestic travelers, the government has also tightened the implementation of health protocols for international travelers. Details are covered in the Covid-19 Task Force circular No. 8 of 2021 concerning International Travel Health Protocol during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Task Force Prof. Wiku Adisasmito explained the difference from the previous rules. The first difference is that foreign citizens (WNA) are allowed to enter Indonesia.

“On the condition that they are visa and residence permit holders in accordance with Permenkumham No. 26/2020, permit holders according to the travel corridor arrangement scheme, and foreigners with special considerations or permits in writing from ministries/ agencies,” he explained, while giving a press statement at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday (9/2/2021), broadcast on the YouTube channel of the Presidential Secretariat.

The second difference, regarding the location of isolation for Indonesian citizens, stated that costs shall be borne by the government at Wisma Athlete Pademangan or independent costs at hotels recommended by the Covid-19 Task Force.

The Task Force Decree No. 9 of 2021 regulates Indonesian citizens who are able to apply for an isolation mechanism at the expense of the government. Among them are Indonesian migrant workers, students and the state civil apparatus (ASN) who are on international business trips.

Third, the quarantine obligation is exempted for foreigners holding diplomatic and service visas, related to official visits at ministerial level and above, and foreigners with a travel corridor arrangement scheme. “It should be emphasized that the mechanism for entering the territory of the Republic of Indonesia for those who are excluded does not eliminate other obligations in implementing other health protocols,” continued Wiku.

The fourth difference is that there is an appeal for self-quarantine for 14 days after the second RT-PCR re-test, before travelers decide to continue their trip.

In addition, Wiku emphasized that the rules governing domestic and international travelers will apply going forward to be determined at a later date. Previously it was always updated every 2 weeks.

These new regulations will always be evaluated every 2 weeks and the changes will follow the developments of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The determination of this policy is expected to reduce public confusion regarding the applicable policies,” continued Wiku.

Jakarta, February 9, 2021

Source: Committee of the Covid-19 Communication Team and National Economic Recovery

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