Government Bans Boyband BTS from Entering Indonesia If They Refuse Quarantine

The government does not allow the South Korean music group, Bangtan Boys (BTS) to enter Indonesian territory if they do not comply with quarantine rules. BTS plans to hold a music concert in Batam, Riau Islands Province.

“It’s a world rule (mandatory quarantine),” said Alexander K Ginting, Head of Health Handling of the Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Tuesday (11/30). Berita Terkini

This retired TNI officer with the rank of Brigadier General said Indonesian citizens (WNI) are required to undergo quarantine when entering South Korean territory, such as Seoul. BTS should also comply with the quarantine rules set by the Indonesian government.

“We also go to Seoul to get the same behavior for human safety,” he said.

Alex emphasized that the government will continue to enforce Circular Letter Number 23 of 2021 concerning International Travel Health Protocols During the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Pandemic for international travelers entering Indonesia. This rule is to protect the Indonesian people from the threat of a new variant of Omicron.

“All procedures must be followed for the safety and security of the public from the dangers of transmission of the Covid-19 virus and its variants,” said Alex again. Berita politik

Must Obey the Rules
Previously, the Director of Prevention and Control of Direct Infectious Diseases at the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, asked BTS to comply with quarantine rules when entering Indonesian territory.

“We hope that all parties can comply with the quarantine rules for the common good,” he told, Tuesday (30/11).

The quarantine period for international travelers has been regulated in the Circular Letter of the Task Force for Handling Covid-19 Number 23 of 2021 concerning International Travel Health Protocols During the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Pandemic.

In this regulation, international travelers, both foreigners and Indonesian citizens who do not have a history of traveling to 11 countries, have detected the Omicron variant in the last 14 days, are required to undergo a 7-day quarantine upon arrival in Indonesia.

The 11 countries are South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia and Hong Kong. Meanwhile, foreigners who have a history of travel to these 11 countries in the last 14 days are temporarily suspended from granting their visas.

This visa suspension arrangement is exempted for foreigners holding diplomatic and service visas, foreign officials at the ministerial level and above and their entourage who make official/state visits, enter with the Travel Corridor Arragement scheme, and delegates from G20 member countries.

Reject Quarantine
The Korean company Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) offered to bring their country’s idol, BTS, to appear in Batam in signing a cooperation agreement to develop Hang Nadim Airport.

“He (IIAC) offered, can we bring KPOP, BTS to Batam, if I agree,” said Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi in Batam, as reported by Antara, Monday (29/11). Berita Hari Ini

He said he agreed and hoped that the K-Pop Idol would appear in Batam, because it could entertain local residents, even bringing fans from other regions in Indonesia, including neighboring countries.

“If it (BTS) is present, in my opinion, 50,000 people will come, not only residents of Batam City, but nationally. Even from Singapore,” said the man who also serves as Head of the Batam Free Port Free Trade Zone.

However, he continued, there was one condition proposed by the Korean side, namely BTS came and performed without going through the quarantine process in Indonesia.

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His party is currently consulting with the Ministry of Health regarding quarantine rules. Because the mayor doesn’t want to violate the rules during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Incidentally he (BTS) does not want to be isolated. So it is being taken care of. If they are allowed to attend, if they are not allowed they will not go to Batam. But we are trying,” said the mayor.

The consortium of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero), Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), and PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk won the selection auction for the procurement of business entities implementing the government and business entity cooperation project (KPBU) Hang Nadim International Airport, Batam.

It is planned that the signing of the cooperation will be carried out in mid-December, so that the construction of the two airport terminals will begin construction in 2022. Avril Lavigne Fanpage

“In the agreement, the Minister from Korea is ready to come to Batam City, and will sign here. I reported to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, he is ready to attend to witness the signing,” said Muhammad Rudi.

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