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Travel Update: Anticipating Omicron Variant, Indonesia Tightens Rules for International Arrivals

Anticipating the entry of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus, Angkasa Pura (AP) I increased coordination with airport stakeholders.

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The arrival gate of the International Terminal Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport 

TRIBUNBATAM.id - Anticipating the entry of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus, Angkasa Pura (AP) I increased coordination with airport stakeholders.

This is to tighten the implementation of health protocols for international flight passengers.

International flight entrances that have been specially tightened are I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali and Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado. 

Coordination was also carried out with Immigration, the regional-level Covid-19 Task Force, and the Port Health Office (KKP), as the frontline inspection of international arrival passengers at Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport and Manado's Sam Ratulangi Airport. 

The tightening for international travelers or foreign nationals refers to government regulations, namely the Addendum of the SE Covid-19 Task Force No. 23 of 2021 and SE of the Ministry of Transportation 102 of 2021.

The regulation temporarily prohibits the entry of foreigners, either directly or in transit in foreign countries, as well as those who have lived and/or visited within 14 days, countries with transmission of the Omicron variant. 

Some of these countries are South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. 

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Including countries that are geographically close to countries where Omicron cases are transmitted, such as Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, and Lesotho. 

International travelers, both Indonesian citizens and foreigners, are required to undergo a 10x24 hour quarantine and an RT-PCR test upon arrival.

Then, the second RT-PCR test on the 9th day of quarantine for Indonesian citizens and foreigners who carry out quarantine for a duration of 10x24 hours.

For Indonesian citizens arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, and Lesotho, they are required to undergo a 14x24 hour quarantine and RT-PCR test upon arrival. Then, on day 13, take a second RT-PCR test. 

It is hoped that this tightening of regulations will support the government's efforts to prevent, detect, and overcome the spread of the Omicron variant. 

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