Indonesia removed travel ban on all foreign arrivals and kept the quarantine period required to keep the economy running at 7 days, even as local Covid-19 infections continued to increased day by day.

The Indonesian government removed all 14 highly infected countries from its travel ban list, allowing travelers from countries including South Africa and the UK to enter their borders from January 12, according to a statement from the Covid-19 Task Force.

Indonesian spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said in the statement "it will be difficult for cross border movements that are still needed to maintain stability including the national economic recovery,"

Indonesia is prepairing itself for several international events this year, such as the MotoGP Championship in March and the G20 summit in November that will generate more international arrivals.

The Omicron strain spread across the country, the number of local transmissions exceeded its imported cases. Almost half of the new cases were reported in Jakarta. Nevertheless, hospitalization rates and mortality rates remain low as vaccination coverage has improved.

President Joko Widodo reiterated calls for Indonesians to visit public places, work from home and avoid traveling abroad over the next few weeks to avoid a spike in omicron cases that could overwhelm its health system.


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