Due to the increase in the spread of the new SARS-CoV-2 virus variants (Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Gamma) in various countries in the world, including Indonesia, Head of the COVID-19 Task Force, Ganip Warsito, issued an Addendum to the Circular of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 8 of 2021 regarding International Travel Health Protocols During the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic. This regulation, which was signed on July 4, will come into effect on July 6, 2021.
“The purpose of this Circular Addendum is to implement stricter health protocols for international travellers, with the aim of monitoring, controlling, and evaluating in order to prevent an increase in the transmission of COVID-19, including the new SARS-CoV-2 virus variant as well as the potential for the development of other new variants," said Ganip in his press statement, Sunday (04/07/2021) virtually.
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, fully supports the Java-Bali Emergency Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM) policy, including the international flight arrangements and extended quarantine.
“We also call for the closing of all destinations and postponement of all tourism and creative economic events in all parts of Indonesia. We understand that this must be a bitter situation for all tourism and creative economy industries and players, but the COVID-19 data shows an emergency so we cannot take any more serious risks, and must prioritize health,” Sandiaga said on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021.
Furthermore, since 2 November 2021, the Indonesian government has imposed new regulations regarding international travel to Indonesia. The regulations are expected to be able to revitalize the country’s tourism.
The following is the contents of the Addendum Circular of COVID-19 Task Force No. 20 of 2021 regarding International Travel Health Protocol During the Times of COVID-19:*
1. All international travelers must prepare for these documents before the departure:
a) A certificate of a full-dose or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccination which administered at least 14 days before arrival
b) Negative PCR result which taken for at least 3x24 hours before arrival
c) Download and register to PeduliLindungi app to verify and claim your e-PCR and e-HAC documents
d) Register to e-CD (Electronic Custom Declaration)
e) Provide the proof of your 5-days quarantine or 3-days quarantine hotel booking
f) Immigration documents
g) Travel insurance
2. Upon arrival, all international travelers will be subjected to a thermal scan. If the body temperature is below 38°C, they can proceed to the next step. If the body temperature exceeds 38°C, a further medical examination will be done immediately. If all health requirements are good, proceed to the next step. If not, travelers will be referred to the nearest hospital.
3. International travelers are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 5 x 24 hours for those who have only received single-dose vaccination or 3 x 24 hours for those who have received full-dose of vaccination. The requirements are as follows:
For Indonesian citizens within the category of migrant workers, students that have finished education, and civil servants on duty, the quarantine facilities provided by the Indonesia government are free of charge.
For Indonesian citizens (not on the criteria for the previous points) and foreigners in self-funded quarantine accommodation (hotels/inns) recommended by the COVID-19 Task Force and have met the terms and conditions of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association and the Ministry of Health.
4. Four days after self-quarantine from the date of arrival, another RT-PCR test will be conducted. If the test shows a negative result, after 5 days or 3 days of quarantine, you will be declared for completing quarantine. Meanwhile, if the RT-PCR test shows positive result then you will have to undergo the following procedures:
Treatment in centralized isolation facilities for asymptomatic people and people with mild symptoms.
Treatment at a referral hospital for people with moderate and severe symptoms.
*This article was made as an update for the information listed in the past article and has been updated to the newest regulation due to the emergence of SARS-COV-2 B.1.1.529 in South Africa and some other countries in the world. This regulation is implemented according to the Addendum for the Circular of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 23 of 2021 regarding International Travel Health Protocols During the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic and has been in effect since 3 December 2021. For further information regarding the government's regulation related to COVID-19, refer to this link.
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