Govt plans 14-day quarantine for travelers from abroad

Govt plans 14-day quarantine for travelers from abroad

Government spokesperson for COVID-19 Handling, Wiku Adisasmito, addresses a press teleconference originating from Jakarta on May 28, 2021. (ANTARA/ Zubi Mahrofi)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government is planning to extend the quarantine period for travelers arriving from abroad, especially from countries hit by the COVID-19 crisis, to 14 days from the previous five days.

"In order to prevent the importation of (COVID-19) cases, the government plans to stipulate an extension of the quarantine duration from 5x24 hours to 14x24 hours for travelers from countries experiencing the COVID-19 crisis," government spokesperson for COVID-19 Handling, Wiku Adisasmito, informed at a press teleconference originating from Jakarta on Friday.

He said the rule change will be included in the latest circular of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, which will be published soon.

This effort, Adisasmito noted, is aimed at preventing COVID-19 transmission in the country through travelers coming from abroad, especially from countries battling the COVID-19 crisis.

"In principle, the screening mechanism, both testing and quarantine for entering and leaving Indonesia must be carried out properly," he said.

Speaking about the COVID-19 crisis and the implementation of a strict isolation policy (lockdown) in Malaysia from June 1-14, 2021, he said the government has prepared a contingency plan for the repatriation of Indonesian citizens.

The Indonesian government's policy towards Indonesian citizens in Malaysia will prioritize elements of protection and security, he informed.

"Especially for those who were deported, the Indonesian government has carried out diplomacy with the Malaysian government to carry out repatriation in stages, according to health risks," Adisasmito said. (INE)

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