THE Indonesia’s Government officially temporarily closes all doors for the arrival of foreign citizens (WNA) to Indonesia, in anticipation of the emergence of a new variant of the corona virus (COVID-19) that has been detected in a number of countries.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, said in a press conference on Youtube of the Presidential Secretariat, Monday (28/12), said that the closure of foreigners was carried out on January 1-14, 2021. This limited meeting on December 28 decided to temporarily close from January 1-14, 2021. Foreigners from all countries to Indonesia.

“Meanwhile, foreigners who have arrived in Indonesia from today to December 31, are required to show negative PCR evidence which is valid for 2×24 hours before departure. Then when they arrive in Indonesia, they are required to re-perform reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT PCR) and quarantine for five days in a place provided by the government,” Retno said.

She explained that after quarantine, foreigners still have to carry out a RT PCR examination again, if the result is negative, they are allowed to continue their journey in Indonesia.

“These rules are in accordance with the provisions in the addendum to the COVID-19 Task Force Circular Letter number 3 of 2020 concerning the Health Protocol for People Travel During Christmas Holidays and Welcoming the New Year 2021,” Retno noted.

The rules and stages of arrival during the COVID-19 period also apply to Indonesian citizens who live abroad and wish to return to Indonesia. However, the temporary closure of foreign trips to Indonesia is exempted from official visits by ministerial level officials.

“The temporary closure of foreigners’ travel to Indonesia is exempted from official visits of officials at ministerial level and above by implementing strict health protocols. Previously the government only prohibited foreigners from the UK from entering Indonesian territory either directly or transiting in other countries. 19) in that country,” Retno concluded. [photo special]