New Travel Rules for Foreigners who Coming to Indonesia

New Travel Rules for Foreigners

The Covid-19 Handling Task Force issued Circular Letter (SE) Number 18 of 2021 concerning International Travel Health Protocols during the Covid-19 Pandemic Period.

The regulation is adjusted to the Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) levels one to four for foreigners who use the air route.

“This circular letter is in line with the provisions regarding the Implementation of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) extension which comes into effect today. Travel agents must be regulated so that the mobility that occurs doesn’t become a source of new transmission of Covid-19,” said Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Task Force, Wednesday (August 11, 2021)

It was stated that the provisions stipulated in the latest Circular don’t differ much from the previous regulations.

Several rules have been changed, such as the testing requirements on air transportation, which have all been the same for all levels in each region.

Now all regions can use (max 2×24 hours) Real-Time PCR or antigen test (max 1×24 hours).

Previously, only regions with levels 3 and 4 used RT-PCR. Then for the requirements for the vaccination certificate, at least use the first dose and apply to all regional levels.

SE International is also getting a few rule changes. The special group of international travelers who will receive exemptions from the vaccination requirement is foreigners who hold diplomatic and service visas according to the TCA mechanism.

Foreigners who enter Indonesia are only for transit flights out of Indonesian territory.

Foreigners under 18 years of age, foreigners holding Limited Stay Permit Cards (KITAS) and Permanent Stay Permit Cards (KITAP), and travelers with special health conditions who can’t be vaccinated.

It also mentioned that foreigners who have not been vaccinated and can be vaccinated in Indonesia are citizens aged 12 to 17 years and holders of KITAS and KITAP.

For the determination of the quarantine place and the application of the comparison test for the second RT-PCR, travelers must follow several conditions. Among other things, the determination of quarantine accommodation places requires a recommendation from the Covid-19 Handling Task Force.

After fulfilling the requirements from the PHRI and the Ministry of Health Service regarding the Covid-19 health protection certification,

Furthermore, travelers can perform a comparison PCR test against the results of the second examination. By filling out a form from the Ministry of Health at the expense of the traveler himself.

Finally, a comparison PCR test was carried out at a designated hospital.

Meanwhile, in the regions, it can be done at government-owned health facilities. The policy will take effect from August 11, 2021, until the specified time.

This policy will be evaluated further by the latest developments or the evaluation results from the relevant ministries or agencies.