Indonesia next to close borders for foreigners amid virus crisis

Indonesia has become the next Southeast Asian country to impose strict travel policies and is closing its borders for foreign arrivals as the global coronavirus crisis worsens.

From March 20, foreign arrivals to Indonesia are no longer permitted and popular holiday hot spots including Bali are being sealed off. The entry ban will last for a period of at least one month.

According to foreign minister Retno Marsudi, the Indonesian government has suspended its visa exemption policy for a short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic and service visa-free facilities for all countries. Those who still want or need to visit Indonesia – for example for business reasons – must apply through embassies in their own countries, as well as provide health certificates.

People who have traveled to Iran, Italy, the Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK in the last 14 days are completely banned from entering or transiting in Indonesia. There are also travel restrictions for those with a history of travel to China, as well as South Korea’s hardest-hit regions.

Health alert card required

All arriving visitors, including transit passengers, must complete and submit a health alert card to authorities upon arrival at Indonesian airports. Should the travel history indicate that a person has traveled to the countries above in the last 14 days, such person may be refused entry to Indonesia.

Indonesian citizens currently traveling abroad have been advised to return to Indonesia at the earliest possible time to avoid further travel disruptions. Additional screening shall be carried out on them upon arrival. If no initial symptom is found, a 14-day self-quarantine will be strongly recommended, but if the additional screening shows initial symptoms of the coronavirus, a 14-day observation in a government facility will be applied.

Indonesia on March 18 reported 14 more deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the total toll to 19 and making it the Southeast Asian country with the highest number of fatalities. The number of confirmed cases surged to 227 as of press time although it might be much more as there is widespread belief the populous country’s testing is inadequate.



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Indonesia has become the next Southeast Asian country to impose strict travel policies and is closing its borders for foreign arrivals as the global coronavirus crisis worsens. From March 20, foreign arrivals to Indonesia are no longer permitted and popular holiday hot spots including Bali are being sealed off. The entry ban will last for a period of at least one month. According to foreign minister Retno Marsudi, the Indonesian government has suspended its visa exemption policy for a short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic and service visa-free facilities for all countries. Those who still want or need to visit Indonesia...

Indonesia has become the next Southeast Asian country to impose strict travel policies and is closing its borders for foreign arrivals as the global coronavirus crisis worsens.

From March 20, foreign arrivals to Indonesia are no longer permitted and popular holiday hot spots including Bali are being sealed off. The entry ban will last for a period of at least one month.

According to foreign minister Retno Marsudi, the Indonesian government has suspended its visa exemption policy for a short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic and service visa-free facilities for all countries. Those who still want or need to visit Indonesia – for example for business reasons – must apply through embassies in their own countries, as well as provide health certificates.

People who have traveled to Iran, Italy, the Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK in the last 14 days are completely banned from entering or transiting in Indonesia. There are also travel restrictions for those with a history of travel to China, as well as South Korea’s hardest-hit regions.

Health alert card required

All arriving visitors, including transit passengers, must complete and submit a health alert card to authorities upon arrival at Indonesian airports. Should the travel history indicate that a person has traveled to the countries above in the last 14 days, such person may be refused entry to Indonesia.

Indonesian citizens currently traveling abroad have been advised to return to Indonesia at the earliest possible time to avoid further travel disruptions. Additional screening shall be carried out on them upon arrival. If no initial symptom is found, a 14-day self-quarantine will be strongly recommended, but if the additional screening shows initial symptoms of the coronavirus, a 14-day observation in a government facility will be applied.

Indonesia on March 18 reported 14 more deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the total toll to 19 and making it the Southeast Asian country with the highest number of fatalities. The number of confirmed cases surged to 227 as of press time although it might be much more as there is widespread belief the populous country’s testing is inadequate.



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