Indonesia Eyes Lifting All Quarantine Requirements in April

  • Indonesia is considering lifting all quarantine requirements for inbound travelers in Apr 22, as Covid-19 hospitalizations and fatality rates remain under control despite a resurgence in cases.
  • In the mean time, the required quarantine period is reduced to three days from five for incoming travelers who have received a third dose of vaccines starting next week, Luhut Panjaitan, the cabinet minister in charge of the pandemic response in Java and Bali, said in his weekly briefing on Monday.
  • PCR testing requirement will remain in place for those arriving travelers.
  • “Hospitalization and death rates have been so much lower than” those suffered during the Delta outbreak, he said, adding that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is a lot less deadly than the Delta strain, which had overwhelmed the medical system last year. Indonesia is following a global strategy of trying to live with the virus, even as infections continue to spread, opening its borders more freely to those who are eligible.
  • Covid hospitalisation rate is maintained at around 30 per cent. The government is also easing capacity restrictions to improve mobility, including increasing office capacity to half or more from 25% per cent, Panjaitan said. It will keep monitoring the situation with the intention to loosen curbs further, he said.

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