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Indonesia's 5-day quarantine rule too risky amid case resurgence, new variant: Experts

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Passengers are seen at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, in July 2020.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Ardila Syakriah
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Jakarta   ●   Wed, April 28, 2021

Amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases globally and growing concerns of more transmissible coronavirus variants, doubts have been raised as to whether Indonesia's quarantine policy would be sufficient in protecting the country from these threats.

Current rules require international travelers to quarantine for five days upon arriving in Indonesia, but travel from India is now an exception due to the country's world record-breaking daily coronavirus cases.

Describing India's COVID-19 situation as "worrying", Indonesia has followed several other countries in temporarily suspending visa issuances to Indian nationals and foreigners who have traveled to the South Asian country within the past 14 days. Indonesian nationals with a two-week travel history to India can still enter the archipelago but have to undergo "stricter health protocol...

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