TEMPO.CO, Yogyakarta - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno asserted the Indonesian government was still prohibiting the entry of foreign tourists to curb the spread of COVID-19 .
“To date, foreign tourists are not allowed to enter the country. We still close that,” said Sandiaga while monitoring the COVID-19 vaccinations for tourism players in Yogyakarta on Monday, April 26, 2021.
He said the government was concerned about countries with high cases, such as India. “We totally closed down flights from India whose COVID-19 cases were rampant,” he added.
According to him, this policy was aimed at suppressing virus transmission until the condition is completely under control. The government also barred Eid homecoming as part of its stern measure to anticipate a surge in cases.
In the enforcement of the micro-scale community activity restriction or Micro PPKM, everything has been regulated including the Eid homecoming ban and tourism activities. It was noted that the opening of tourism sites must be under strict health protocols.
“The decision to open tourism destinations is the regional government's to make under considerations of the COVID-19 trends in their respective regions,” Sandiaga confirmed.
Sandiaga Uno underlined the government did not want the spike in positive cases due to Eid homecoming last year to recur. At the time, the number of positive cases soared up to 94 percent despite the enforcement of the Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB), road closures, and the Eid homecoming ban.
PRIBADI WICAKSONO (CONTRIBUTOR)