Jakarta – The Indonesian government bans travel from India over Covid-19 concern starting on Saturday, following reports that a chartered flight from the country has arrived here with some of the passengers testing positive for the disease.
"In addition to the entry ban, we also suspend visa issuance for Indian citizens," Director General of Immigration Jhoni Ginting said in a statement.
The ban also applies to all foreign visitors who have travel history to India in the last 14 days, he said.
Indonesian citizens returning from India are directed to go through one of seven main entry gates including Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Juanda Airport in Surabaya, Kualanamu Airport in Medan, Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, Batam Centre Port on Batam Island, Sri Bintan Pura Port in Tanjung Pinang and Dumai Port.
"Indonesian returnees must strictly follow health protocols as required by the Covid-19 Task Force," Jhoni added. He didn't say how long the entry ban will last.
The decision came a day after Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin revealed that 12 of 129 passengers on a chartered plane arriving from India have tested positive for Covid-19.
The plane carried 116 Indian citizens, an American and 12 Indonesians, but the nationalities of the infected persons were not disclosed.
"We use whole genome sequencing to determine the variant of the virus infecting those 12 passengers," the minister said.