JAKARTA - International air travellers arriving in Indonesia no longer have to serve quarantine, as Covid-19 cases trend downwards around the vast archipelago.
"The Covid-19 situation has continued to improve, hence the government has decided to take several measures to ease restrictions," said President Joko Widodo in a speech on Wednesday (March 23).
But travellers will still need to do a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival in Indonesia, he added, without saying if pre-departure tests would continue to be a requirement.
Previously, travellers from overseas who were fully vaccinated or had a booster shot must serve a one-day quarantine, while those who were partially vaccinated served seven days of quarantine.
Wednesday's announcement came after a successful two-week trial of quarantine-free travel for visitors arriving on the main tourist islands of Bali, Batam and Bintan.
Currently, international arrivals by air are allowed only at the Soekarno-Hatta main international airport outside Jakarta and six other airports: Juanda in East Java; Ngurah Rai in Bali, Hang Nadim in Batam; Raja Haji Fisabilillah in Tanjung Pinang; Sam Ratulangi in Manado and Zainuddin Abdul Madjid in Central Lombok.
Other than the seven airports, overseas travellers may arrive in Indonesia by sea only via Bali, Batam, Tanjung Pinang, Nunukan in North Kalimantan, and by land via Entikong in West Kalimantan and Motaain in Nusa Tenggara Timur.