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COVID-19: Govt repatriates 330 Indonesians from India, more to come home

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 19, 2020   /   01:42 pm
COVID-19: Govt repatriates 330 Indonesians from India, more to come home Keeping distance: Passengers maintain a safe distance while queuing for their health and immigration check on Thursday at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. (Reuters/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

As many as 330 Indonesians have been repatriated from India since May, amid an international travel ban imposed by the Indian government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi has reported. 

Forty-seven Indonesians arrived in Jakarta from New Delhi on Saturday, the latest batch in a series ongoing repatriation efforts by the Indonesian government.

“More people will be repatriated from Mumbai on July 23. We hope to send as many Indonesians as possible back to Indonesia on the next flight,” Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto Suryodipuro said on Saturday, as quoted in an embassy statement.

According to the statement, most of the repatriates were tourists, while others were students and professionals who worked at international organizations, Indian companies and as ship crew. 

“After months of separation from their families due to the pandemic, those celebrating will be able to enjoy Idul Adha with family,” Sidharto said.

The first repatriation flight from New Delhi arrived in Indonesia on May 20 with 59 Indonesians on board, followed by 117 Indonesians on the second flight on May 22. The third repatriation flight on July 4 brought back 107 Indonesians from Delhi.

The 47 most recent returnees will undergo 14 days of home isolation or, if found to be symptomatic, quarantine in government-arranged facilities.

As many as 169 Indian nationals who had been stranded in Indonesia because of the travel restrictions were also brought home on July 9 aboard an Air Asia flight from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. The repatriation effort was made possible through cooperation between the airline, the Indian Embassy in Jakarta and Indian community center Indonesia Tamil Sangam.