The Indonesian government has reduced the quarantine period for incoming international passengers to five days

2022-07-08 0 By

The Indonesian government has reduced the quarantine period for travelers arriving from abroad from seven days to five days, but they must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, coordinator for the implementation of the Java-Bali Community movement Restriction Order, stressed in an online press conference on Monday that Indonesian citizens and foreigners entering the country must complete the full course of COVID-19 vaccination.Luhut noted that Indonesian citizens and foreigners who received only the first dose of the vaccine would still be subject to a seven-day quarantine.The policy was put in place because most cases of Omicron infection have come from international travellers.”Various studies have also shown that the variant has an incubation period of about three days,” he said.Luhut noted that shortening the quarantine period also takes into account domestic human resources allocation.Hotels previously used to quarantine international passengers will be used as centralized quarantine centers, especially for asymptomatic and mild cases.Meanwhile, Luhut urged the public to complete the full course of COVID-19 vaccination immediately.Of the 27 patients with moderate to severe illness, 63 percent have not yet completed full vaccinations, he said.He noted that people who get just the first dose of the vaccine can experience severe symptoms from Omicron.People who have not been vaccinated can experience more severe symptoms.