Increased Quarantine Period Under Decree 1/2022

On January 1, 2022, the Head of the Covid-19 Management Task Force (“Covid-19 Task Force”) issued Decree No. 1 of 2022 on Entry Point, Quarantine Location and RT-PCR Requirement for Indonesian Nationals Travelling Overseas (“Decree 1/2022”) which imposes various new travel protocol aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 and its new variants. The notable provisions of Decree 1/2022 are as follows:

  • Entry Points

Entry into Indonesia, whether by air, sea or land, may only be done through designated entry points, as follows:


  1. Soekarno Hatta, Banten;
  2. Juanda, East Java; and
  3. Sam Ratulangi.


  1. Batam, Riau Islands;
  2. Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands; and
  3. Nunukan, North Kalimantan.

Cross Border Posts

  1. Aruk, Kalimantan;
  2. Entikong, West Kalimantan; and
  3. Motaain, East Nusa Tenggara.


  • Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests and Quarantine Provisions

Under Decree 1/2022, Indonesian nationals that have travelled overseas shall, upon arrival within Indonesia, conduct quarantine for a period of 14 x 24 hours if their place of departure: (i) is confirmed to have community transmission of the new Omicron variant; (ii) is geographically close to countries with community transmissions of the Omicron variant; and (iii) has over 10,000 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant. If arriving from places other those with the above criteria, Indonesian travelers shall only be subjected to a quarantine period of 10 x 24 hours. We note, however, that the Government is considering to shorten the periods to 10×24 hours and 7×24 hours respectively. We will inform any change immediately.

The quarantine protocols (which include the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (“RT-PCR”) tests) shall refer to Circular Letter issued by the Covid-19 Task Force. Currently, the latest Covid-19 Task Force Circular Letter which regulates quarantine protocol may be found in Covid-19 Task Force Circular Letter No. 26 of 2021 dated December 26, 2021 on Health Protocols for International Travel During the Covid-19 Pandemic Period.

Decree 1/2022 also designates a number of Centralized Quarantine Locations for each of the entry points. However, these Centralized Quarantine Locations are reserved only for:

  1. Indonesian Migrant Workers returning to Indonesia and staying for a minimum of 14 days;
  2. Students returning to Indonesia after completing their education/study assignment overseas;
  3. Government Employees returning to Indonesia after completing a work trip; and
  4. Indonesian representatives in international competitions or festivals

Decree 1/2022 remains in force until December 31, 2022, with the caveat that it may be amended as necessary if any errors/inconsistencies are discovered.




January 3, 2022

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