Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Gov't Mulls to Cut Quarantine Period for International Arrivals to Five Days

Jakarta Globe
October 9, 2021 | 11:19 am
Foreign tourists hang out at Canggu beach in Badung, Bali on Aug 27, 2020. (Antara Photo/Fikri Yusuf)
Foreign tourists hang out at Canggu beach in Badung, Bali on Aug 27, 2020. (Antara Photo/Fikri Yusuf)

Jakarta. The government is considering reducing the mandatory quarantine period for arriving international travelers, either Indonesian citizens or foreigners, to five days from eight, in a move to reinvigorate international business and tourism activities. 

Airlangga Hartarto, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, said that President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo favored the move when discussed in a regular cabinet economic meeting on Thursday. 

"We discussed the quarantine period during the meeting. After the discussion, our position fell onto reducing the period to five days," Airlangga said. 

Still, Airlangga said that the plan to shorten the quarantine period plan was still pending coordination between the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Transportation.


The minister commented Bali, the country's main attraction, is set to open for international flights next week after being closed off for more than a year. 

Alexander Kaliaga Ginting, the head of the health division of the Covid-19 Handling Task Force, said that the government needs to consult virologists before reducing the quarantine period for foreign arrivals.

"We are still waiting for opinions from the expert board of epidemiologists and virology doctors, who are members of BNPB," Alexander said on Friday. 

"If we shorten the quarantine period, but it turns out that [the virus'] incubation period is long, we'll be doomed. So, we shouldn't make decisions hastily and all of that must also be based on research from whole-genome sequencing (WGS)," Alexander said.

Today, foreigners or locals arriving from abroad are required to stay in isolation for eight days. Hotel operators said the quarantine period was too long for visitors to consider coming to Indonesia. 

"In addition to being expensive, this is also time-consuming for foreign tourists. They come from far away, then the time of their visit is cut by the quarantine period before they can travel," Maulana Yusran, the secretary-general of Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI), said earlier. 

The association expected the government to make a change in its quarantine policy. Apart from cutting it short, Yusran said the government should implement an area quarantine policy. So instead of being confined in a hotel room, visitors can still roam free within a restricted area. 

"In Bintan, [Riau Islands], there are hotels with golf resorts and all kinds of entertainments. So, if they have to be quarantined, they can still enjoy many activities. In Bali, we also have areas like Nusa Dua, so in one area, they can still carry out their activities during the quarantine period," Yusran said.

Tags: Keywords:


News 4 hours ago

Access to Water Central in Prabowo-Gibran Campaign

Java Island, home to 56 percent of the population, holds a mere 4.5 percent of the national water reserves,
News 6 hours ago

Putin to Discuss Israel-Hamas War During Trip to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Putin will make the visit at a time when Russia wants to advance its role as a power broker in the conflict in the Middle East.
News 7 hours ago

House Confirms Appointment of 7 New Supreme Court Justices

The House’s Legal Affairs Commission dismissed the appointment of three ad hoc judges for the human rights tribunal.
Business 11 hours ago

United Tractors' Subsidiary Acquires 70% Stake in Nickel Companies Valued at Rp 3.22 Trillion

Danusa Tambang Nusantara (DTN), a subsidiary of United Tractors, has acquired a 70 percent stake in nickel companies SPR and SMA.
News 11 hours ago

SAR Team Discovers Two More Bodies at Mt. Marapi

A joint search and rescue (SAR) team has successfully located two more casualties following the eruption of Mount Marapi in West Sumatra.

Popular Tag

Opini Title