Transportation Ministry Issues Circular on Foreigners Entry to Curb New COVID-19 Strain
In a bid to introduce protective measures to curb COVID-19 transmission from imported cases, Ministry of Transportation has issued Circular Number 24 of 2020 which regulates requirements for foreigners’ entry during Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021 holidays.
“The Circular is issued to follow up amendment to circular of COVID-19 National Working Committee Number 3 regarding anticipative measures against new virus strains that have been found in South Wales, Great Britain, and a hike in COVID-19 cases in Europe and Australia. Thus, international travelers must comply with the additional policies in order to protect our citizens from imported cases,” Spokesperson of Ministry of Transportation Adita Irawati said in Jakarta, on Sunday (27/12).
The policies read as follows:
- Upon arrival, international travelers are required to show a negative PCR test result from health facilities in their respective countries which is valid for 3×24 hours and register their health status on Indonesia’s electronic health alert card (eHAC).
- Foreign citizens from the UK cannot enter Indonesian territory directly or in transit.
- Foreign citizens and Indonesian citizens arriving from Europe and Australia, who will arrive in Indonesia directly or in transit, are required to show a negative PCR test result which is valid for 2×24 hours before departure. The result must be registered on Indonesia’s eHAC. The requirement also applies to Indonesian citizens who live in the UK.
- Foreign citizens and Indonesian citizens must have a new PCR test upon their arrival in Indonesia.
- If the result of new PCR test is negative, Indonesian citizens are required to undergo quarantine for 5 (five) days as of their arrival date, at quarantine facilities provided by the Government. Meanwhile, foreign citizens are required to undergo self-quarantine at hotels partnered with the Government at their own cost.
- Head of Mission assigned in Indonesia, along with their families, may undergo self-quarantine for 5 (five) days at their residence, at their own cost. As for other foreign diplomats, self-quarantine for 5 (five) days at a place provided by the Government.
- If the result of new PCR test is positive, Indonesian citizens will receive treatment at hospitals in which the cost will be covered by the Government, while foreign citizens will be treated at their own cost.
- After a five-day quarantine, Indonesian citizens and foreign citizens are required to undergo new PCR test. If the result is negative, the travelers are allowed to continue their journey in Indonesia.
The Circular shall take effect from 23 December 2020 to 8 January 2021. (MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION PR/UN) (RAS/MUR)