Indonesia Opens Travel Corridor Deal with 3 Countries amid Pandemic



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian government has officially signed a deal with China, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) upon establishing travel corridors that give leeway for air travel with strict health restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

    The travel corridor with China was established on Thursday evening, which followed the deal with South Korea and the UAE that had been made available on August 17 and July 29. 

    “The travel corridor established with China today will immediately start after it is launched,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi in a virtual press conference on Thursday evening. 

    The air travel corridor gives leeway for those who travel for ‘essential business arrangements.’ 

    Also present in the meeting with China were SOEs Minister and chief of Indonesia’s COVID-19 handling committee and national economic recovery (KPCPEN) Erick Thohir, along with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. 

    Meanwhile, the travel corridors with South Korea will mainly give leeway for state officials, diplomats, and businesses in essential sectors. 

    The Indonesian government is also attempting to open business travel corridors with ASEAN countries.