Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia -The Indonesian Government is restricting international arrivals in order to prevent new variants of the coronavirus, including the MU variant (B.1621), from entering Indonesia. The result is international arrival routes are limited depending on mode of transport: land, sea, or air.
The restrictions were detailed in a statement by the Ministry of Transportation concerning “Guidelines for the Implementation of Travel for People from Overseas by Land, Sea, and Air”.
Adita Irawati, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation, said that in general the international travel conditions are still the same, but there are a few factors that distinguish it, principally the traveller’s port of entry.
The only airports open to foreign travellers are Soekarno Hatta Airport, Tangerang, and Sam Ratulangi Manado, while the ports are limited to Batam and Nunukan, and land crossings limited to the Entikong and Aruk State Border Posts.
Additionally, a PCR test, already required to be carried out before arrival, will also now be repeated at the point of entry, be it a port, airport, or cross-border post. Supervisions will be tightened in collaboration with the Indonesian National Police, the Transportation Service, the Ministry of Health’s Port Health Office (KKP), and the Central and Regional Covid-19 task force.
The targets of the restrictions are Indonesian migrant workers, Indonesian citizens, foreigners, passenger and cargo ship crews, as well as flight personnel entering Indonesia.
Adita further detailed health requirements, as regulated in the SE Task Force:
1. Every international traveler is required to use the PeduliLindungi application as a condition for entry into Indonesia.
2. Every transport operator at the aforementioned international entry points is required to use the PeduliLindungi application.
3. Indonesian citizens and foreigners from abroad must show negative results through the Reverse-Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test from the country of origin of departure, with samples taken within a maximum period of 72 hours before departure and complete the Indonesian International e-HAC through the PeduliLindungi application or manually in the country of origin.
4. Foreign passengers are also required to show proof of ownership of health/travel insurance, which includes health financing in quarantine and Covid-19 treatment while in Indonesia.
5. Upon arrival, Indonesian citizens and foreigners are required to undergo quarantine for eight days and must provide negative RT PCR retests. For Indonesian citizens who are Indonesian Migrant Workers, students, or government employees returning from overseas official trips, the quarantine/treatment costs are borne by the government. Meanwhile, for Indonesian passengers outside these criteria, and for foreigners including foreign diplomats, outside the head of the foreign representative and the family of the head of the foreign representative, all costs will be borne independently.
6. After providing a negative result on the seventh day, the quarantine ends within 24 hours, although a further 14-hour self-quarantine is encouraged. If a positive result is returned, the subject will be treated at a hospital with the cost for Indonesian passengers being borne by the Government and foreign passengers bearing their own costs independently.
7. In the event that the foreign passenger is unable to pay for the self-quarantine and/or treatment at the hospital, the sponsor, the Ministry/Institution/BUMN that provides consideration for the entry permit for the foreign passenger can be held responsible for the cost.
8. Quarantine obligations are excluded for foreign passengers holding diplomatic visas and service visas related to official/state visits of foreign officials at ministerial level and above, as well as foreign passengers entering Indonesia through the Travel Corridor Arrangement scheme, in accordance with the principle of reciprocity while still implementing strict health protocols.