Indonesia is removing the 14 heavily infected countries from its travel ban list, allowing travelers from countries like South Africa and the United Kingdom to enter its borders from January 12, even as the Local Covid-19 infections continue to rise.
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
Indonesia has lifted a ban on all foreign arrivals and kept the required isolation period at 7 days in a bid to keep the economy going, even as local Covid-19 infections continue to rise .
Authorities last week removed the 14 heavily infected countries from its travel ban list, allowing travelers from countries like South Africa and the United Kingdom to enter its borders from January 12, according to a statement from the Covid-19 task force.
With the restrictions in place, “it will be difficult for cross-border movements that are still necessary to maintain stability, including national economic recovery,” spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said in the statement.
The lifting of the ban came as Southeast Asia’s biggest economy geared up for a number of international events this year, such as the MotoGP championship in March and the G-20 summit in November. , which would generate more international arrivals.
Indonesia’s daily Covid caseload rose to 1,362 on Tuesday, the highest since Oct. 8, as the omicron strain spread across the country and the number of local transmissions surpassed its imported cases. About half of the new cases were recorded in Jakarta. Yet the rate of hospitalizations and deaths have remained low as vaccination coverage has improved.
Sanitary protocols during sporting events
Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said the government will always impose strict health protocols at sporting events. He responded to a statement from Dorna Sports, the organizer of the MotoGP motorcycle championship, that he would not follow Indonesia’s quarantine protocols while racing.
Separately, President Joko Widodo reiterated a call for Indonesians to reduce travel to public places, work from home and avoid overseas travel over the coming weeks to avoid a spike in coronavirus cases. ‘omicron that could overwhelm its healthcare system. The government has said cases are expected to peak in February or mid-March, before starting to subside.
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