Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Retno Marsudi.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Retno Marsudi.

JAKARTA (BPN) – The Indonesian Government through the Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi announced the temporary closure of the entry of foreign nationals from all countries from January 1 to 14, 2021. The decision is taken due to the emergence of the new COVID-19 strain.

“The cabinet meeting decided to temporarily close the entry of foreigners from all countries to Indonesia from January 1 to 14, 2021,” said Minister Retno Marsudi in a virtual press conference on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Minister Retno Marsudi explained, the regulation is exempted for foreign state officials at the ministerial level or higher, but are required to apply very strict COVID-19 prevention protocols.

Meanwhile, foreigners arriving in Indonesia from 28 to 31 December, are still allowed to enter the country and are required to show the negative results of PCR swab tests from their countries of origin. The test result shall be valid for 48 hours since the departure time.

Upon arrival in Indonesia, they will follow a re-examination of PCR, and if proven negative, the foreigners shall carry out mandatory quarantine for five days, starting from the date of arrival.

“After the quarantine, they will undergo PCR test again. If the results are negative, they are allowed to continue their trip,” the minister said.

Indonesian nationals are still allowed to return to Indonesia with the same regulation of PCR test as for foreigners.

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