The Jakarta Post
Immigration authorities denied entry to 118 foreigners in February in an effort to prevent the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from spreading to the country.
“The foreigners had lived in or visited China 14 days before arriving in Indonesia,” immigration spokesperson Arvin Gumilang said in a written statement on Sunday, adding that the denial of entry was in keeping with a 2020 Law and Human Rights Ministerial Decree that had been issued in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Immigration General Directory has issued overstay visas for 1,247 Chinese nationals across the country.
“Overstay visas were only issued to Chinese citizens in Indonesia whose visas had expired but who could not go back to their country because of the virus outbreak and because there was no means of transportation to take them there,” Arvin said. Airlines and airports have suspended all flights to and from mainland China following the government’s decision to impose a temporary travel ban to and from the country on Feb. 5.
There have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia to date. (gis)