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Jakarta Post

Embassies urge citizens to leave Indonesia

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 30 2020   /  01:12 am

Foreign missions in Indonesia are racing against time to get their citizens home before transportation restrictions come into full effect, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise and concerns over the country’s healthcare capabilities deepen.

The United States Embassy became the first foreign mission to announce that family members of its staff who are under 21 years of age must immediately leave the country.

“The Department of State made this decision due to evidence of COVID-19 in Indonesia, current Indonesian medical capacity, and current availability of flights out of Indonesia,” the embassy said in a statement published on Thursday.

Washington has already urged its citizens not to travel to the archipelago “due to the Global Health Advisory and Embassy Jakarta’s limited capacity to provide support to US citizens,” it said in an online trave...