Omicron Effect, Luhut Extends Quarantine Period for Indonesian Citizens to 7 Days

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

Government through the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan re-change duration quarantine for Foreign Citizens (WNA) and Indonesian Citizens (WNI) who come from abroad from three days to seven days of quarantine period.

This step was taken to prevent the Omicron variant of the corona virus (Covid-19). The policy will be implemented starting Monday (29/11) tomorrow at 00.01 WIB.

“The government will also increase the quarantine time for foreigners and Indonesian citizens from abroad outside the countries listed in point A to 7 days from the previous 3 days,” Luhut said at a press conference, Sunday (28/11).

Luhut detailed the list of point A countries, including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Angola, Zambia and Hong Kong.

This means that foreigners and Indonesian citizens outside these countries who enter Indonesia must undergo a 7-day quarantine. Meanwhile, Indonesian citizens who have just arrived from the 10 countries must be quarantined for 14 days.

“For Indonesian citizens who return to Indonesia and have a travel history from countries in point A above, they will be quarantined for 14 days,” he said.

In addition, Luhut also appealed to the public not to panic after dealing with the Omicron variant of the corona virus. Luhut ensured that the government had taken various handling steps.

Luhut then asked all parties to improve the discipline of health protocols and the use of the PeduliLindung application.

“The government has taken stringent measures against arrivals from abroad and will improve genome sequencing to detect this Omicron variant,” Luhut said.

The Omicron variant of the corona virus has received worldwide attention because it is included in the list of variants that have received WHO’s attention. This variant is said to have a higher transmission rate than the longer variant.

The initial suspicion of this virus was first discovered in South Africa. A number of countries including Indonesia have closed their entrances to people traveling from South Africa and a number of other countries in Africa.

(rzr/wis)

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