Indonesia has announced several health protocols for foreign nationals entering the country in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key points:

  • From May 7 onwards, foreign nationals must:
    • Have a Fit to Fly certificate in English or a valid medical certificate granted seven days before arriving.
    • Wear a face mask.
    • Present a statement of compliance to obey the required quarantine procedures in Indonesia.
  • Foreign nationals are also subject to the following medical protocols:
    • Rapid test and/or polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This is not required for individuals with a valid medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 PCR result.
    • An interview.
    • Temperature check and other relevant tests.
    • Oxygen saturation test.
  • Foreign nationals will be granted health clearance, Health Alert Card and travel permit if they have negative COVID-19 rapid test results and demonstrate no signs of symptoms or comorbidity. They are required to submit their health clearances to the relevant embassy, and a local health agency will monitor them. They must also enter 14-day self-quarantine.
  • Those with reactive rapid test results and comorbidity will enter into isolation at a designated hospital. Foreign nationals with reactive rapid test results and no comorbidity will be deported.

Background: Indonesia suspended flights and entry for travellers from mainland China in February. Travel restrictions were expanded in March and the visa-exemption policy was suspended. Most foreign nationals were banned from entering the country in the beginning of April, and new temporary travel restrictions were implemented at the end of April.

Analysis & Comments: The new health protocols for foreign nationals will impact the movement of people into Indonesia, and delays should be expected. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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