Mandatory quarantine now 10 days tops as Indonesia flip-flops

Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan in Feb. 2021. Photo: Humas Kemenko Marves
Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan in Feb. 2021. Photo: Humas Kemenko Marves

The Indonesian government gave a nice little surprise for travelers in 2022 as it shortened mandatory quarantine for international arrivals, even if the new rule superseded another relatively fresh mandate for longer isolation periods.

Yesterday, following a cabinet meeting, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said that Indonesia is shortening mandatory quarantine to 10 days for arrivals from countries with high Omicron risk, and 7 days for arrivals from everywhere else.

The previous day, the COVID-19 Task Force had just enforced new regulations mandating 14-day quarantine for arrivals from countries with high Omicron risk, and 10 days for arrivals from everywhere else.

Luhut cited Omicron’s short incubation period in patients as the main reason for the cut.

“To us, the key is health protocol discipline. That’s why we needn’t be excessively paranoid, and focus on health precautions in public spaces,” he said.

Under current regulations, travelers coming from the following 13 countries would need to quarantine for the maximum 10 days in Indonesia:

1. South Africa

2. Botswana

3. Namibia

4. Zimbabwe

5. Lesotho

6. Mozambique

7. Eswatini

8. Malawi

9. Angola

10. Zambia

11. United Kingdom

12. Norway

13. Denmark

As of Monday, Indonesia has recorded 152 Omicron cases, the majority of which are imported cases. None of the known Omicron patients exhibited any severe symptoms.

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