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Starting from 6 July 2021, Here Are the Newest Regulations regarding International Travel to Indonesia!

 

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.

a view of Sudirman street from above

The following is the contents of the SE Task Force 8/2021 Addendum which underwent several changes and additions:

1. All international travelers, both Indonesian Citizens (WNI) and Foreign Citizens (WNA) will be subjected to following procedures:

  • A reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test is carried out for international travelers upon arrival. They are also required to undergo quarantine for 8×24 hours.
  • A second RT-PCR test will be carried out on the 7th day of quarantine.
  • In the event of a negative result, international travelers are allowed to continue their journey and are recommended to carry out self-quarantine for 14 days and apply health protocols.
  • In the event of a positive result, then treatment in the hospital for Indonesian citizens is carried out at the cost of being borne by the government and for foreigners at the expense of themselves.

2. All international travelers, both Indonesian citizens and foreigners, must comply with the following conditions/requirements:

  • Indonesian citizens are required to show a card or certificate (physical or digital) having received a full dose of COVID-19 vaccine as a requirement to enter Indonesia, and in the event that Indonesian citizens have not received the vaccine abroad, they will be vaccinated at the quarantine place upon arrival in Indonesia after the second RT-PCR examination with negative results;
  • Foreigners are required to show a card or certificate (physical or digital) having received a full dose of COVID-19 vaccine as a requirement to enter Indonesia;
  • Foreigners who are already in Indonesia and will travel, both domestically and internationally, are required to vaccinate through a program or mutual cooperation scheme in accordance with statutory regulations; and
  • The obligation to show a COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate (physical or digital) is excluded for foreigners holding diplomatic visas and service visas related to official/state visits of foreign officials at ministerial level and above and foreigners who enter Indonesia with the travel corridor arrangement scheme, in accordance with the principle reciprocity while still implementing strict health protocols.

The points listed above added and revised the requirements which are listed in 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. The Circular also listed several important requirements for international travelers entering Indonesia as follows:

All international travelers, both Indonesian citizens and foreigners, must comply with the following conditions/requirements:

  1. Comply with the provisions of the health protocol set by the government;

  2. Download and install e-HAC application on mobile phone

  3. Fill out the form on e-HAC application.

  4. Show a negative result through an RT-PCR test in the country of origin whose samples are taken within a maximum period of 3 x 24 hours before departure and are attached at the time of the health check or Indonesian International e-HAC;

This article is also made as an update for the information listed in the past article and has been updated to the newest regulation due to Bali’s reopening. For further information regarding the government's regulation related to COVID-19, refer to this link.