40 Indonesians Abroad Test Positive for Covid-19: Ministry

    Marcheilla Ariesta - 19 Maret 2020 13:59 WIB
    40 Indonesians Abroad Test Positive for Covid-19: Ministry
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    Jakarta: The Foreign Affairs Ministry has confirmed that as many as Indonesian nationals who currently stay in other countries have tested positive for covid-19.

    "The total number of Indonesian covid-19 patients in other countries are 40," the ministry said in a press release on Thursday, March 18, 2020.

    According to the ministry, 14 cases were found in Singapore, 13 cases were found in Malaysia, nine cases were found in Japan, One case each was found in Macau, Taiwan, Australia and Saudi Arabia.

    "10 of them have fully recovered. 25 percent of the total confirmed cases," the ministry stated.

    The governnment recently decided to implement prohibtion of entry or transit to Indonesia for foreign travelers who in the last 14 days have travelled to Iran, Italy, Vatican, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland.
     
    According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the measures will be effective from Friday, March 20, 2020. In addition, similar existing measures for foreign visitors from mainland China and South Korea's Daegu City and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province remain in effect.
     
    "The Indonesian government has suspended its visa exemption policy for short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic or service visa-free facilities for all countries, for a period of one month," the ministry said in a press release issued on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
     
    "All foreigners or travelers who wish to visit Indonesia must obtain a visa from Indonesian missions in accordance with the purpose of their visit," the ministry stated.
     
    Upon application, applicants must provide health certificate issued by relevant health authorities from their respective countries. Upon arrival at Indonesian airports, all visitors must complete and submit a Health Alert Certificate to the Health Quarantine Office
     
    "Should the travel history indicate that a person has travelled to the countries above in the last 14 days, such person may be denied entry to Indonesia," the ministry stated.
     
    For Indonesian citizens who have travelled to the countries and regions in the travel ban list, an additional screening shall be carried out by the Health Quarantine Office upon arrival. If the additional screening shows initial symptoms of covid-19, a 14-day observation in a government facility will be applied.
     
    "If no initial symptom is found, a 14-day self-quarantine will be strongly recommended," the ministry stated.



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