Indonesia sets up travel corridor with UAE


Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has announced that a travel corridor arrangement has been set up with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to facilitate essential business trips, which included official and diplomatic visits.

The minister said Indonesia proposed the agreement after consulting with related government bodies, as well as their counterparts in the UAE, Jakarta Post reports.

“Indonesia and the UAE signed an agreement on an essential business travel corridor. The agreement is effective immediately,” Retno said.

The travel corridor agreement, she added, was strictly for essential business travel such as businesspeople and diplomats, but not for tourists. The agreement would exempt them from a two-week quarantine measure upon travelling between the two countries, says the Jakarta Post report.

The travellers would still be ordered to adhere to strict health protocols. “We have set up arrangements [and requirements] for travellers to follow strict health protocols, including requiring them to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to travel. Both countries would recognize the test result,” said Retno.