3 shots equal 3 days of quarantine in Indonesia starting March 1

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3 arrival section in November 2019. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3 arrival section in November 2019. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

Indonesia is set to cut its mandatory quarantine period for boosted international travelers on March 1, a senior minister said today, allowing the group to go about their business in the country after just three days in isolation.

Under current regulations, fully vaccinated travelers, AKA those who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, are required to undergo five days of quarantine upon arrival in Indonesia. The partially vaccinated (one dose) are required to quarantine for seven days.

No specific regulations on boosted travelers existed until today, when Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan announced the concession during a press briefing.

“The quarantine period for international travelers, whether foreign or Indonesian, who have received booster shots is reduced to three days, under the condition that they carry out entry and exit PCR tests,” he said.

“The exit PCR test can be carried out on the morning of the third day, and the traveler can leave [quarantine] if their test comes out negative.”

That said, boosted travelers are advised to carry out a PCR test independently on the fifth day after their arrival, and report their condition to a healthcare facility.

Indonesia’s travel policy in the face of the Omicron threat has evolved the more the world learns about the variant. 

In the first few days of 2022, Indonesia imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine and banned arrivals from countries deemed high-risk from the variant. The government then gradually shortened the quarantine period for fully-vaccinated travelers to 10 days, then seven, and then five, all in the month of January. It has also lifted all travel bans related to Omicron.

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