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Indonesia renews tourist visa for limited stays amid falling COVID-19 cases

After a ministerial decree from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Indonesia opened up a few of its borders for foreigners. The regulation reopened applications for tourist and short-term visas for fully-vaccinated travellers.

“Previously, foreigners who have diplomatic or service visas were not allowed to enter the country. Ministerial Regulation No. Arya Pradhana Annggakara, spokesperson for the Directorate General of Immigration, said that those who have valid tourist or limited-stay visas are now allowed to enter Indonesia under Regulation No. 34/2021.

The government also announced that six international transportation hubs will be opened by the government, including the SoekarnoHatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten province, Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Manado, North Sulawesi provincial, seaports at Batam city and Riau Islands province, Nunukan, North Kalimantan Province, and land crossing posts in Entikong and Aruk in West Kalimantan.

According to Adita Irawati, spokesperson for the Transportation Ministry, both the land and sea borders mentioned above have been reopened to international tourists since Thursday and the two airports since Friday.

Friday’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan stated that Bali’s resort island will be reopened to international tourists in October, following the decline in COVID-19 cases per day in Indonesia.

Panjaitan stated that if the number of cases drops, we are confident to reopen Bali by October,” Panjaitan stated at a virtual conference. He also said that Indonesia will give priority to foreign tourists from countries with COVID-19 controlled cases.

According to Thursday’s press release by the Transportation Ministry, all travelers who wish to enter the archipelago (both Indonesians as well as foreigners) must have been fully vaccinated. They also need to show their vaccine certificates and any negative PCR results no more than 72 hours before departure.

Upon arrival, travelers must take additional PCR tests. If negative, they will be quarantined for eight days.

On the eighth day, a negative result from the PCR test is required.

Foreigners and Indonesians must fill out the Electronic Health Alert Card, (E-HAC), within the PeduliLindungi contact tracing app.

Foreigners must also provide proof that they are covered by health insurance. This is required to pay for medical expenses while in Indonesia, such as COVID-19.

Between September 15 and 17, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Immigration Office received 974 foreigners into Indonesia and 874 from abroad.

The airport also saw 2,961 Indonesians returning home, and 3,418 leaving.

Sam Fernando, the head of the public relations division at the immigration office’s information technology division, stated to media that 15,343 foreigners entered Indonesia between August 1 and September 17. There were 22,122 foreigners who left the country during this period.

In the same time frame, 51,658 Indonesians returned to the country, and 50,925 Indonesians left the archipelago.

This week’s Indonesian daily COVID-19 new cases has shown a significant decrease compared to last month.

Friday’s Health Ministry report showed that 3,835 COVID-19 cases were confirmed with 219 deaths. This is compared to over 20,000 new infections a month ago.

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