The government adds England, Norway, and Denmark to the list of countries whose travelers are prohibited from entering Indonesia. This step is supposed to prevent the spread of Omicron variant of COVID-19.
“The government will add the UK, Norway, and Denmark,” stated Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Monday (20/12).
Also, the government removed Hong Kong from this list.
The government previously closed the door for foreigners who were coming from or had visited South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, and Hong Kong within the last 14 days.
“We will continue to monitor this. So I think every Sunday we will make a check. If the spread gets worse in other countries, we will adjust it,” explained Luhut.
Luhut said that his party had increased the guarding of arrivals from abroad, both by air and by sea.
The Ministry of Health has detected three cases of the probable Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Indonesia. The first case was discovered on December 15.
Currently, the government is still waiting for the results of the whole-genome sequencing examination of three Chinese foreigners suspected of being infected with the Omicron or probable variant. They are still undergoing quarantine in Manado.
Indonesian citizens who return to Indonesia and have a travel history in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, Malawi, Angola, Zambia, UK, Norway and Denmark will be quarantined for 14 days.