Transportation Ministry issues new regulation on international travel

Transportation Ministry issues new regulation on international travel

Illustration: Passengers carry their luggage at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Badung, Bali on June 29, 2021. (ANTARA FOTO/Fikri Yusuf/hp/uyu)

I urge all passengers to thoroughly read the circular letter to correctly adjust with the new regulation.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Transportation Ministry has issued Circular Letter Number 63/2021 on International Travel by Air Transportation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, effective Wednesday (August 11, 2021).

"Indonesian citizens coming from abroad are allowed to enter Indonesia while conducting strict health protocols. Meanwhile, foreigners are still prohibited to enter, except those who fulfill the criteria of the Regulation of Law and Human Rights Minister Number 27/2021 and the Travel Corridor Arrangement bilateral agreement or obtain special written permission from the Indonesian ministry/agency," director general of civil aviation at the ministry, Novie Riyanto, said in a written statement issued on Wednesday.

Furthermore, all international travelers will have to carry vaccination certificates showing that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, he added.

"If the Indonesian travelers haven't received any vaccination abroad, they will be vaccinated at their quarantine sites upon their arrival in Indonesia after their second real-time PCR test with negative result has been out. The regulation also applies to foreigners aged 12-17, holders of diplomatic or service visas as well as holders of Permanent or Limited Stay Permit Cards,” he informed.

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“Meanwhile, foreigners in Indonesia who want to travel domestically or internationally are required to get vaccinated through the national program or the mutual cooperation scheme in accordance with the local regulations," he said.

However, the rule on carrying COVID-19 vaccination certificates will not apply to:

a. Foreigners who hold diplomatic or service visas related to official visits of foreign officials at ministerial level and above as well as those who enter Indonesia through the Travel Corridor Arrangement.

b. Foreigners who have not been vaccinated and intend to travel from their departure city to the international airport to take international flights out of the territory of Indonesia. However, they will have to show their tickets and get permission from the Port Health Office. In addition, foreigners who have not been vaccinated and are only making a transit stop before continuing their journey on another international flight will also not need to show their vaccination certificate as long as they remain in the waiting area.

c. Foreigners aged under 18 years; and,

d. Foreigners with specific health conditions. However, they will be required to bring a certificate from a government hospital in their country of departure stating that they are unable to get vaccinated.

"I urge all passengers to thoroughly read the circular letter to correctly adjust with the new regulation," Riyanto said adding, the circular can be downloaded from the website jdih.dephub.go.id.

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