The government has officially changed the quarantine policy for foreign arrivals. The latest regulations state that Foreign Travel Actors (PPLN) who have just arrived from abroad must quarantine for five days only, which is shorter than before. However, some conditions must be obeyed.
This latest regulation is shorter than the previous policy which required PPLN to quarantine for 7 days after arriving in Indonesia.
The conditions for the validity of the five-day quarantine are for Indonesian citizens (WNI) and foreign citizens (WNA) who have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Condition that must be obeyed
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Panjaitan, in a press conference, Monday (31/1/2022) explained this latest policy, “The government has changed the 7-day quarantine rule to 5 days but on condition that Indonesian citizens and foreigners who enter must have complete vaccines.”
With this explanation, the policy does not apply to PPLNs who have only received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The PPLN group, which has not been vaccinated in two doses, must still undergo a seven-day quarantine.
It was explained that this policy change was taken after a change in the distribution of the Omicron variant in Indonesia. Initially the distribution in the country came from PPLN, but lately the spread of Omicron has also occurred due to local transmission.
Luhut added that the new quarantine policy was also due to Human Resources (HR) reasons. According to him, the government needs to consider the existing allocation (HR).
He gave an example of the reasons related to the HR. For example, the Athlete’s Guesthouse, which was previously a quarantine area, is now a Covid-19 centralized isolation area.
“Lowering this quarantine day is to consider the need for the allocation of our resources,” said Luhut.
Keep your health from the spread of the Covid-19 virus and the omicron variant by always obeying health protocols, wearing masks, keeping your distance in crowds, and washing your hands.