Foreigners Are Restricted from Entering Indonesia Until January 14, 2021

The Indonesian government officially closed its borders to foreigners starting January 1, 2021 until January 14, 2021. The Minister of Foreign Affairs announced this policy on Monday, December 28, 2020 after having a limited cabinet meeting. She clarified that this step was necessary following the raise concerns over the detection of a new variant of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in several countries.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs further reaffirmed that this policy is in accordance with the Annex of COVID-19 Task Force Circular Letter No. 3 of 2020 dated December 22, 2020 on Travel Health Protocols for Christmas and New Year Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic which aims to monitor, control, evaluate, and prevent the increase of COVID-19 transmission, including the new variant firstly identified in the United Kingdom.

According to COVID-19 Task Force Circular Letter No. 4 of 2020 dated December 28, 2020 on Travel Health Protocols During the COVID-19 Pandemic, this restriction is exempted for foreign nationals who enter Indonesia for official visits and their position is at least at ministerial level. In addition, the policy does not apply to foreigners who hold a diplomatic stay visa, a Limited Stay Permit Card (in Indonesian, Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas or KITAS) or a Permanent Stay Permit Card (in Indonesian, Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap or KITAP). The foreign nationals still must adhere to the Indonesian health protocols.

In terms of death numbers due to COVID-19, Indonesia ranks third in Asia. As per January 3, 2021, Indonesia has a total of 765,350 (seven hundred sixty five thousand three hundred fifty) confirmed cases of COVID-19 with total deaths of 22,734 (twenty two thousand seven hundred thirty four).

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January 4, 2021

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