The government officially announced extending the prohibition of foreign nationals (WNA) from entering Indonesia from January 26 to February 8, 2021.
This was announced by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto when giving a Press Briefing regarding the 3T Program, Plasma Donor Movement, Digital MSMEs, and Disaster Aid and Solidarity, Thursday (21/1/2021).
“For restrictions on foreigners to Indonesia, an extension of the ban is also carried out, from January 26 to February 8, 2021,” said Airlangga.
Thus, this is an extension of the third stage of the prohibition of foreigners from entering Indonesia.
Previously, it was known that the government would prohibit foreigners entering Indonesia from January 1-14, 2021. This provision is the first stage of the ban.
This is in accordance with Circular 04/2020 concerning the Health Protocol for the Travel of People in the Covid-19 Pandemic Period issued by the Covid-19 Handling Task Force.
Then, the Covid-19 Handling Task Force issued Circular (SE) Number 2 of 2021 concerning International Travel Health Protocols in the Covid-19 Pandemic Period. The letter is valid Friday (15/1/2021) until January 25, 2020.
The SE was issued to extend the validity period of implementing health protocols for international travelers by adding several new provisions accompanied by monitoring, control and evaluation in order to prevent an increase in the transmission of Covid-19, including for new variants.
In SE Number 2, the government states that it will temporarily close the entry of foreign citizens (WNA) from all countries to Indonesia.
“International travelers with the status of foreigners from all foreign countries who will enter Indonesia, either directly or transiting in foreign countries, are temporarily prohibited from entering Indonesia,” said one of the points of the rule for foreigners quoted from the SE sheet, Friday.
So, what are the rules for international travel (foreginers) during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Quoting the Covid-19 Handling Task Force Circular Number 2 of 2021, it was stated that Indonesia temporarily closed the entry of foreigners from all countries.
However, international travelers who are Indonesian citizens from abroad still follow the health protocol stipulated by the government.
For foreigners who will enter Indonesia, either directly or transiting in a foreign country, they are temporarily prohibited from entering Indonesia, except for holders of diplomatic visas and ministerial-level official visas and above with strict health protocol implementation.
This prohibition also does not apply to:
- Holders of diplomatic and official residence permits.
- Holders of limited stay permit (KITAS) and permanent residence permit (KITAP).
- Foreigners with special consideration and permission in writing from the ministry or agency.
For Indonesian citizens and foreigners from all foreign countries who enter Indonesia, they must show a negative result through the RT-PCR test in the country of origin whose samples are taken within a maximum period of 3×24 hours before departure time and attached to the health examination or Indonesian International e-HAC.
Upon arrival, an RT-PCR retest is carried out for travelers and is required to undergo a 5-day quarantine for Indonesian citizens in the special quarantine accommodation that has been prepared.
For foreigners, quarantine accommodation quarantine is carried out at independent costs at hotels / inns that have received certification for the implementation of Covid-19 quarantine accommodation by the Ministry of Health.
Heads of foreign representatives and families who work in Indonesia can self-quarantine at their respective residences for 5 days.
For other foreign diplomats, quarantine for 5 days is carried out at a place provided by the government.
After a 5-day quarantine starting from arrival, Indonesian citizens and foreigners will re-examine the RT-PCR.
If the result is negative, then it is allowed to continue the trip.
Meanwhile, if the results of the RT-PCR re-examination on arrival show positive for Covid-19, then treatment is carried out in the hospital for Indonesian citizens with costs borne by the government and independent costs for foreigners.
Soekarno Hatta Airport Port Health Office (KKP) facilitates Indonesian citizens or foreign international travelers who need medical services upon arrival in Indonesia in accordance with applicable regulations.
As previously reported, the entry ban for foreign nationals will take effect from January 1, 2021.
This step was taken by the government as an effort to suppress the spread of the corona virus, especially after cases of new variants of the corona virus were found in a number of countries.