Covid-19 Task Force Ensures 6 International Entrances Can Detect Omicron Variants – The Covid-19 Handling Task Force ensures that Covid-19 test kits at six country entrances can immediately detect new variants such as the Delta and Omicron variants.

Spokesman for the Covid-19 Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, said that every international traveler must carry out a test polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at the entrance to Indonesia, the specimens will be examined using the method whole genome sequencing to detect the Covid-19 variant.

“Data from the Ministry of Health shows that testing has continued at six foreign arrival gates, each lab has the ability to test 500 to 600 samples every day,” Wiku said at a press conference, Tuesday (7/12/2021).

The six entrances to countries opened by the government for international travelers include; Soekarno Hatta Airport in Banten and Sam Ratulangi Airport in North Sulawesi; Batam Port, Riau Islands and Nunukan, North Sulawesi; and the Aruk and Entikong cross-border posts in West Kalimantan.

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The government has also prohibited foreigners from entering the Indonesian Territory for those who have a history of visiting South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, and Hong Kong in the last 14 days to enter their homeland, for the sake of prevent the Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 or Omicron.

This rule is exempted for holders of diplomatic and official visas, foreign officials at the ministerial level and above and delegations on official/state visits, entering with the Travel Corridor Arrangement scheme, and delegations from G20 member states.

“Foreigners who enter under the diplomatic agreement scheme are not required to quarantine, they will be monitored further with very strict health protocols,” he said.

Meanwhile, Indonesian citizens (WNI) with a history of travel from these countries are still allowed to return home, but will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in the country.

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Source: – Informasi Berita Terkini dan Terbaru Hari Ini by

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