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Indonesia to Lift Travel Ban for Foreigners amid Partial Lockdown

February 21, 2021, 10.55 AM - The Indonesian government will lift its travel ban for foreigners despite the enforcement of public activity restrictions (PPKM) has been extended by 14 days from February 23 to March 8.

National Covid-19 response and economic recovery committee chairman Airlangga Hartarto said on Saturday that foreigners who are allowed to enter Indonesian territory must abide by the rules.

Airlangga, who is also the Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister, said that the foreigners must have permits and serious purposes. Besides, they must also the citizens of a country that has been registered in the travel corridor with Indonesia.

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“We will begin to allow the foreigners to enter [Indonesia],” Airlangga told a press conference which was held virtually on February 20.

He explained that upon arrival in Indonesia, the foreigners must carry out a five-day self-quarantine and are also required to take a Covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.

“Take the PCR test and carry out self-quarantine for five days in hotels at their expense,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said his office has identified countries with a high risk of transmitting the new coronavirus variant.

“We have identified three locations that are quite at risks such as the UK, South Africa, and Brazil,” Budi said.

(Writer: Rully R. Ramli | Editor: Ambaranie Nadia Kemala Movanita)





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