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Indonesia Extends International Flight Ban Until February 8

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The Indonesian government has decided to extend its international flight ban for another 14 days. The extension will be carried out from January 26 to February 8, 2021.

The decision comes as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the country.

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The Indonesian Economic Minister, Airlangga Hartanto made the announcement during a press conference on Thursday (21/1).

“For restrictions on foreigners to Indonesia, an extension of the ban is also carried out, from January 26 to February 8, 2021,” said Hartarto.

The ban forbids foreign nationals from entering the country, however the following are exempt from the policy:

  • Expats with diplomatic visa
  • KITAS and KITAP holders
  • Licensed expats from institutions or ministries
  • Indonesian citizens returning to the country

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Although exceptions are made, all travelers are obliged to entry requirements and protocols, including presenting a negative result PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure, attached to the e-HAC International Indonesia.

Upon arrival, they will be re-tested by a swab test and asked to quarantine for five days.

While the government has arranged quarantine facilities free of charge for Indonesian citizens, foreign nationals must quarantine at their own expense, at a hotel certified by the Health Ministry. 

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As per foreign government officials, they are able to self-isolate within their official residence.

Following the quarantine, another swab test will be conducted before they are able to freely move within Indonesian territory. 

In the case the tests result positive, medical expenses for Indonesian citizens will be covered by the government while foreign nationals will be treated at the hospital at their own expense.

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