TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration recorded the arrivals of 117 foreign nations and 12 Indonesians from India on Wednesday. According to Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, all 129 of them were swabbed, and 12 tested positive for Covid-19.
"Twelve passengers tested positive. We have conducted genome sequencing on all 12, and we are waiting for the results," the minister said in an online press conference on Friday, April 23.
The 117 foreign nationals who arrived from India have temporary residency or KITAS, which means they are allowed entry to Indonesia by using chartered aircraft during the Covid-19 restrictions period, as regulated in the Human Rights Minister's Regulation No.26/2020.
The Indonesian government has suspended giving visas to foreign nationals with a history of visiting or staying in India less than 14 days prior to their arrivals. The decision came following Covid-19 cases surges in the world's second most populous nation.
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, who chairs Indonesia's Committee for Covid-19 Mitigation and National Economic Recovery (KPC-PEN), said that the policy is a measure to prevent outbreaks of new Covid-19 strains that have caused an explosive second wave in India.