INDONESIAN government is currently tightening the implementation of health protocols for international travelers or foreign nationals who want to enter Indonesia.

“In addition to tightening the mobility of domestic travelers, the government is also tightening the implementation and monitoring of health protocols for international travelers,” said Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Prof. Wiku Adisasmito in a written statement received in Jakarta.

This step is in accordance with the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Circular Number 8 of 2021 concerning the International Travel Health Protocol during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Wiku said that in general there are differences between the circular letter and the existing regulations. The first difference is that foreigners have been allowed to enter Indonesia. However, provided that they are a visa and residence permit holder in accordance with the regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights (Permenkumham) Number 26 of 2020, the permit holder is in accordance with the travel corridor arrangement scheme or travel corridor arrangements and foreigners with special consideration or permission in writing from the ministry agency.

The second difference, he said, is related to the location of isolation for Indonesian citizens that can be borne by the government at the Pademangan Athlete House or independent costs at the hotel recommended by the COVID-19 Handling Task Force.

In the Task Force Decree Number 9 of 2021, it regulates Indonesian citizens who are able to apply for an isolation mechanism at the expense of the government, including Indonesian migrant workers, students, and state civil servants (ASN) who travel on international service.

Third, the quarantine obligation is exempted for foreigners who hold diplomatic and official visas related to official visits at ministerial level and above and foreigners with a travel corridor arrangement scheme.

“It should be emphasized that the mechanism for entering the Republic of Indonesia for exempted parties does not eliminate other obligations in implementing health protocols,” he said.

Furthermore, the fourth difference, there was an appeal for self-quarantine for 14 days after the results of the second RT-PCR retest before deciding to continue the trip.

Wiku emphasized that the rules governing domestic and international travelers will apply continuously with a set time later where previously it was always updated every two weeks.

“For this latest regulation, it will always be evaluated every two weeks and the changes will follow the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this, it is hoped that it will reduce public confusion regarding the applicable policies,” he concluded. [antaranews/photo]