Coronavirus: Indonesia to Temporarily Ban all Foreign Arrivals and Transits

Exceptions will be made to diplomats, as well as those with work permits.

Jakarta skyline.

To curb the further spread of coronavirus, Indonesia will temporarily ban all visits and transits by foreign nationals to the country.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told reporters after a virtual ministers’ meeting with President Joko Widodo on Tuesday: “President (Joko) sees that our current policy needs to be made stricter. We have decided that all visits and transits by foreign nationals to Indonesia will temporarily be banned.”

Exceptions will be made to diplomats, as well as those with work permits.

Meanwhile, the country is increasing its measures to limit mobility among its citizens but feels the need to slow imported cases.

In Indonesia, Jakarta is the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus crisis, spanning nearly half of the 1,414 confirmed cases.

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