Indonesia lifts ban on foreign arrivals, keeping the required 7 day isolation period

Published on : Thursday, January 20, 2022

Indonesia lifted a ban on all foreign arrivals, keeping the required isolation period at 7 days for keeping the economy going, although local Covid-19 infections continued to surge.

Last week, the authorities removed all 14 heavily-infected nations from its travel ban list, thereby allowing travelers from countries including South Africa and the U.K. to enter its borders starting from Jan. 12, said the Covid-19 Task Force.

With restrictions in place, “it will be difficult for cross border movements that are still needed to maintain stability including the national economic recovery,” Spokesman WikuAdisasmito said in a statement.

The ban removal came as Indonesiaprepared for a number of international events this year, like the MotoGP championship in March and the G-20 Summit in November that is expected toattract more international arrivals.

Indonesia’s daily Covid case went up to 1,362 on Tuesday, which is the highest since Oct. 8, as the Omicron strain spread across the country and the number of local transmissions surpassed its imported cases. About half of the new cases were recorded in Jakarta. However, hospitalization rates and fatalities remained low as vaccination rates improved.

Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said that the Indonesian government will still impose strict health protocols at sports events.

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