Indonesia Requires Negative Covid Test and Five-Day Quarantine for Foreign Visitor

The Indonesian government obliges any foreign visitor to produce a negative coronavirus test result in the country of origin and spend five days in quarantine upon arrival, a spokesperson said Monday.

The new rule also temporarily bans visits by all travelers from the United Kingdom. The rule by the Transportation Ministry was issued to contain the spread of new variant of coronavirus believed to be more contagious than the original virus.

Applicable until January 8, the new restriction policies are issued “to anticipate the spread of the new variant of coronavirus from South Wales and England and a surge in cases across Europe and Australia, that we need additional measures for international travelers to protect the Indonesian people from imported cases,” Adita Irawati, a spokeswoman for the ministry, said in a statement.

Visitors from Europe and Australia must produce a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours until the departure date while those from other countries are given three days for the test, according to the Transportation Ministry circular.

It specifies that foreign visitors must take the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based test prior to their departure.

Upon arrivals, all visitors and incoming Indonesians from foreign countries must take a further test at the Indonesian airports. If the results come back negative, they still have to self-quarantine at government-appointed hotels at their own expenses. Another negative Covid test is required after the quarantine period before they are finally allowed to travel in the country.

Diplomats from foreign missions and their family members are allowed to quarantine at their official residence.

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