Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said the government plans to reduce the quarantine period for foreign travelers.

This was conveyed by the minister after attending a meeting with President Joko Widodo and a number of related ministers at the Presidential Palace on Thursday (7/10/2021).

According to Hartarto, the quarantine period which is currently in effect for 8 days is planned to be shortened to 5 days.

“This is what we are still preparing. It has been decided that it will be opened in the recent meeting where the quarantine period was discussed. In the current situation, it will be tightened to five days,” said Airlangga.

The technical changes to the quarantine period will be discussed in more detail by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) and related ministries such as the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) and the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub).

“This has to come from the BNPB (prepared), by the Ministry of Home Affairs and then also (rules) from the Ministry of Transportation,” he said.

Mobility and the latest conditions for handling the pandemic in the archipelago, including the Riau Islands and Bali Island were also discussed in the meeting.

The minister said that with the current conditions, the opening of community activities could be carried out immediately.

“Regarding mobility and observing the situation in islands including Bali or the Riau Islands, where the levels have dropped, we are asking for preparations to open to be carried out,” he added.

Author: HL

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