TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has curtailed the COVID-19 quarantine duration that subjects international arrivals from seven to just five days. However, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said this only applied to those who had received full doses of the vaccine.
“The government has changed the quarantine regime from seven to five days. But only if the travelers, either Indonesian or international citizens, are fully vaccinated,” the minister said in a virtual press conference on Jan. 31.
This comes after the government initiated a strategy shift following the rise of local transmission of the Omicron variant. According to the data he collected, the incubation period for the latest COVID-19 variant is around three days.
The decision to reduce quarantine days also comes as the government’s need to move workers to the areas that need them most is taken into account. Facilities originally used as quarantine facilities for international travelers will be converted to centralized isolation centers following the surge in asymptomatic and mild symptomatic cases.
The suppression of the number of cases is also changed to the suppression of the number of hospitalizations and the mortality rate due to the changes in the characteristics between the Omikron and the Delta variants.
M FAIZ ZAKI