Fully vaccinated travelers who have also received their booster can serve a shorter on-arrival quarantine when entering Indonesia from March 1, with the government planning to remove this requirement by April 1, 2022.
According to instructions issued by the Indonesian Covid-19 task force on February 16, the reduced quarantine requirement from five to three days will apply to travelers passing through the international airports of Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Batam, Bintan, Manado and Lombok, as well as seaports in Bali, Batam, Tanjung Pinang, Bintan, etc.
However, travelers are still required to take a PCR test upon entry, before exiting quarantine, and on the fifth day of their stay in Indonesia.
Sandiaga Uno, Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, said: “If the situation continues to improve, the vaccination rate continues to increase and (health protocols are strictly enforced), the government will consider revoke the quarantine rule (for fully vaccinated and boosted travelers) by April 1.
Pauline Suharno, president of the Association of Travel Agencies in Indonesia (ASTINDO), said the announcement was timely as the association plans to hold the ASTINDO fair from March 3-8.
Fransiska Handoko, president of the Bali Hotel Association, said the move was in line with demand from industry players, adding that Bali could soon compete with other destinations, such as the Maldives and Thailand, which have also removed quarantine on arrival.
To improve the country’s competitiveness, Fransiska hopes the government will reinstate visa on arrival or introduce a special permit allowing travelers to obtain a visa without going through sponsored travel agencies.
Eventually, tourism stakeholders want the total abolition of quarantine for travelers on arrival.
Jongki Adiyasa, vice president of the Indonesian Association of Inbound Operators, said studies have proven that quarantine of travelers is ineffective in curbing local infections. He said PCR testing and monitoring through the national Covid-19 contact tracing app, PeduliLindungi, would suffice.