Indonesia eases travel restrictions, lifts pre-departure Covid testing rules

If you plan to travel to Indonesia soon, be aware of the latest travel requirements.

Indonesia has announced that the country is further easing travel restrictions and mask mandates starting 18 May. In a statement streamed on the presidential palace’s YouTube channel on 17 May, President Widodo also said that vaccinated travellers arriving in Indonesia will no longer be required to show negative pre-departure tests.

Indonesia eases COVID and travel restrictions

In his statement, the President noted that the decision was taken because “the pandemic is getting more and more controlled.”

“When people are doing outdoor activities, or in open areas that are not crowded with people, then they are allowed not to wear masks,” the president said.

“Domestic and international travellers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to take PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or antigen swab tests,” he added.

Other rules and restrictions

Masks are, however, still required indoors and on all public transport in Indonesia. Those with underlying health conditions or coughs, as well as the elderly have been recommended to use masks.

On the other hand, quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated domestic travellers coming to Indonesia were lifted in March, but those arriving from overseas were required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test till the lifting of restrictions starting 18 May.

In a separate press conference, Wiku Adisasmito, Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force spokesperson, said that as per the new policy, the “instructions will be elaborated in a number of regulations.”

“We hope the policy will be implemented well. However, people are expected to remain vigilant and adapt to future changes,” he added.

Indonesia is the latest South East Asian country to ease COVID-19 restrictions following others such as Laos, Singapore and Malaysia.

A total of 166 million people of Indonesia’s 270 million population have been fully vaccinated.

Hero and feature images: Hugo Matilla on Unsplash. The story first appeared on Prestige Singapore

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