Government Adds Foreigner from France to Indonesia’s List of Banned Entry

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia – The government added France as one of the countries prohibited from entering the Indonesian area. This is in order to anticipate the transmission or transmission of cases of SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.529 or the variant Omicron. Thus, currently there are 14 countries that are temporarily prohibited from visiting Indonesia.

The new decision is contained in the Circular Letter of the Task Force (Satgas) for Handling Covid-19 Number 1 of 2022 which was signed by the Head of the Task Force for Handling the Covid-19 Lt. Gen. Suharyanto on January 4, 2021.

“Temporarily closing the entry of Foreign Citizens (WNA), either directly or in transit in a foreign country, who has lived and/or visited within 14 days from the country/region with the following conditions…,” reads point 2 letters F.

The foreigners banned are from countries that have confirmed community transmission of the Omicron variant, namely South Africa, Botswana, Norway and France.

Then the country that is geographically close to the country of transmission of the Omicron variant case community. These include Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Lesotho. And countries or regions with more than 10,000 confirmed cases of Omicron, namely England and Denmark.

However, this rule only applies to foreigners, while Indonesian citizens (WNI) from these 14 countries are still given the opportunity to enter Indonesia on condition that they show negative RT PCR results whose samples are taken within a maximum period of 3 x 24 hours, and are required to continue centralized quarantine for as long as possible. 10 days.

“International travelers with the status of Indonesian citizens from abroad are allowed to enter Indonesia while still following the permanent health protocols as set by the government,” continued the Task Force.

Meanwhile, international travelers other than those 14 countries, are required to show a negative RT PCR result whose samples were taken within a maximum period of 3 x 24 hours, and continue a centralized quarantine for 7 days.

Then the RT PCR test was repeated with the provisions on the sixth day for international travelers with a quarantine duration of 7 days and a retest on the ninth day for those who were quarantined with a duration of 10 days.

Furthermore, Indonesian citizens are required to show a full dose of Covid-19 vaccine certificate as a requirement to enter Indonesia. If Indonesian citizens have not received the vaccine abroad, they will be vaccinated at a quarantine place upon arrival in Indonesia after a second RT-PCR examination with negative results is carried out.

Meanwhile, foreigners are also required to show a card or certificate of having received a complete dose of Covid-19 vaccine as a requirement to enter Indonesia. For foreigners who have not received complete vaccinations, they will continue to be vaccinated in Indonesia if they meet the criteria.

The criteria namely foreigners aged 12-17 years, holders of diplomatic residence permits and official residence permits, holders of limited stay permit cards (KITAS), or permanent residence permit cards (KITAP).

Furthermore, the government also regulates the criteria for Indonesian citizens who can access centralized quarantine for free, namely Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI), students who have graduated from abroad, government employees returning from official trips abroad, or Indonesian representatives in competitions. international.

“For foreigners, foreign diplomats other than the heads of foreign representatives and the families of the heads of foreign representatives undergo quarantine in a centralized quarantine accommodation at their own expense,” said the Task Force.

“This circular letter is effective starting January 7, 2022 until a later date is determined,” said the Circular of the Task Force.