PCR, Antigen Testing Rollback to Start from Bali


JAKARTA, - The relaxation of PCR and antigen testing requirements for domestic travelers will be implemented gradually, starting from Bali, the Covid-19 Handling Task Force has said.

"This relaxation is being done gradually, starting from Bali with visa on arrival, quarantine free, and vaccination target," the task force's emergency health support sub-department head, Alexander K. Gintang, informed here on Monday evening.

This policy is still in the formulation process, which is being conducted together with a number of related authorities and experts, he informed. Currently, it is entering the finalization stage, he said.

Under the policy, domestic travelers will be asked to remain cautious by monitoring the PeduliLindungi application, receiving complete and booster vaccination, remaining alert for symptoms, and complying with the health protocols, he said.

"It has started to be accelerated in Bali this week. It will then continue to agglomeration regions with basic vaccination coverage, elderly vaccination above 80 percent, and booster over 30 percent," Ginting added.

Earlier, at a virtual press conference, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that domestic travelers arriving via land, sea, and air, are no longer required to submit negative antigen or PCR test results.

Pandjaitan, who is also the coordinator for Java Bali public activity restrictions (PPKM), said that the decision was made for the sake of the transition to normal activities.

"The detail of the policy will be stipulated within the circulation letter that will be issued by the related ministry or institution and will be released in the near future," he informed.

Entire sports competition events can also now have audiences with the condition that they have received the booster dose and are utilizing the PeduliLindungi application, he said.

In addition, government spokesperson for Covid-19 handling, Reisa Broto Asmoro, said that the government has prepared a road map to help Indonesia carry out the gradual transition to the endemic phase.  *ant