Jakarta and Bali Impose New Rules on Incoming Travelers

Coronavirus restrictions are being tightened in Indonesia to limit mobility during the year-end holiday season.

A Garuda Indonesia jet on the final descent into Bali’s airport. (Photo: Yulia Agnis/Unsplash)

Starting tomorrow, all travelers arriving into Bali by plane will be required to show proof that they are Covid-free through a PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before departure. Those coming in via ship or private vehicles must also present a negative test result, but from an antigen rapid test conducted within the same timeframe. This new rule is effective until January 4, 2021.

Meanwhile, travelers entering and leaving Jakarta between December 18, 2020 and January 8, 2021 (inclusive of those dates) on public transportation will need to carry a negative antigen rapid test result. Antara news agency reported that Syafrin Liputo, Jakarta’s Head of Transportation, said airline passengers would be asked to attach their test results to tickets before boarding flights in and out of the city. He added that while the requirement is primarily focused on air travelers, it also applies to land- and sea-based transportation, with officers carrying out checks at bus terminals. Crucially, according to a Kompas report, negative Covid-19 test results will not be necessary for families and individuals traveling in private vehicles.

The new testing requirement was signed into law yesterday by Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan, and is part of a decree aimed at keeping residents at home during the long weekends from December 24–27 and from December 31–January 3. Restaurants, bars, cafés, entertainment venues, shopping malls, and tourist attractions are now being instructed to cease operations by 7 p.m. on those days, while public gatherings of more than five people will be banned. In terms of total Covid-19 infection numbers, Jakarta is the hardest-hit of Indonesia’s provinces; as of today, its cumulative caseload is 156,343, including 2,994 deaths.

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