Monday, 25 May 2020 | 05:51 WIB

Indonesia Bans Foreign Entry to Mitigate Spreading of Coronavirus

Indonesia Bans Foreign Entry to Mitigate Spreading fo Coronavirus (kemenparekraf)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian government has set a ban on visiting or transit for foreign nationals to Indonesia. The ban was made to address the challenge of mitigating the spreading of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

"This rule applies starting from 2 April 2020 at 00:00 Indonesian Western Time," Indonesia Foreign Ministry Spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said to the reporters through a video conference on Wednesday (1/1/2020).

The regulation is stated in Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation No. 11 of 2020 on Prohibition of Temporary Foreigners Entering the Territory of the Republic of Indonesia

The ban applies to all foreigners with six exceptions, namely foreigners who hold limited residence permits and permanent residence permits, foreigners who hold diplomatic and official visas, foreigners who hold diplomatic residence permits and official residence permits.

The ban also excludes food aid and medical support staff are based on humanitarian reasons, sea, air and land transportation crews, as well as foreigners who will work on national strategic projects.

However, the excluded foreigners must fulfill a number of requirements before being allowed to enter Indonesian territory. These incude the requirement of a health certificate in English issued by the health authorities of each country, has stayed 14 days in a COVID-19-free region or country, as well as a 14-day statement of willingness to be quarantined by the Indonesian government.

Previously, the Indonesian government had imposed a ban on entry or transit for migrants who had visited Iran, Italy, the Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Britain in the last 14 days. In addition to that policy, specific policies involving several countries such as China and South Korea, especially Daegu City and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, are still in force.