DestinationsThe country is set to catch up with other Southeast Asian destinations to ditch Covid-19 tests for travel.

Relax, Indonesia wants to take it easy with testing rules

Wearing masks outdoors will soon be optional in Indonesia.
Wearing masks outdoors will soon be optional in Indonesia. Photo Credit: Gettyimages/Diamond Dogs

Indonesia is set to ease its pandemic rules by making mask wearing outdoors optional and scrapping the testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers, according to a Bloomberg report.

When that mandate takes place, which could be as soon as 23 May, that will put Indonesia on par with the travel entry regulations currently in place across major destinations in Southeast Asia.

Most of the region's countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines, have already removed quarantine and Covid-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.

The Indonesian government is also lifting the mask mandate for outdoor places as the local virus situation comes under control, a decision that is reflecting the growing norm across the region.

Masks, however, are still required for indoor activities and public transportation.

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