Indonesia Opens More Airports For International Passengers

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Durian. Indonesian government, starting from Oct.14, is opening more airports for international flights, an official said, adding some requirements will be applied for passengers from overseas, after closing its borders due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Indonesia is allowing international tourists to visit the countries through three airports – the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, the Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam and the Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport in Tanjung Pinang.

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Earlier, international flights to Indonesia only can enter from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten and the Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi. However, the two airports are only entry points for foreigner non-tourists.

New regulation has been issued to manage foreign tourists coming through the three new entry points. It’s including 5 x 24 hours quarantine requirement at designated locations and other mandatory rules.

“For Indonesians and foreigners, who want to enter Indonesia, must follow requirements, determined by the government, including doing PCR test [prior to departure], must be fully vaccinated and applying mandatory health protocol, including to have PCR test upon arrival and 5×24 hours quarantine,” Director General for Aviation at the Transportation Ministry Novie Riyanto said in a statement on Oct.15.

Showing vaccination card is exceptional for foreign nationals who enter Indonesia through travel corridor arrangement scheme, the official said.

The new government decision only apply to tourist from 19 countries – Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and Norway.

More than 50 percent of its population aged 12 and more have been inoculated with first dose vaccine from total target of 208.2 million people. For Bali for example, 83 percent aged 12 and above have been fully vaccinated. The acceleration of  national vaccination program aimed to reach herd immunity.

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