TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Data from the Soekarno-Hatta Airport immigration office states that there are 148,642 foreign nationals (WNA) entering and departing through the airport during the period of the past 5 months when the government restriction on foreign nationals was implemented.
The data from January to May suggests foreign nationals that arrived in Indonesia during the restriction consist of Chinese citizens (20,057 people), Japanese (7,713 people), South Korean (6,426 people), Indians (3,464 people), and Americans (3,229 people).
On the other hand, foreign nationals that departed from Indonesia during the same period consisted of Chinese citizens (17,370 people), Japanese (6,657 people), Russians (5,354 people), and Indians (4,421 people).
Head of the Soekarno-Hatta Airport immigration office Romi Yudianto said on Thursday, May 27, 2021, that these people arrived in Indonesia to work in national strategic projects, humanitarian reasons, and medical reasons.
According to him these people arrived in Indonesia under limited stay permits (KITAS) and permanent stay permits (KITAP) and are always verified by immigration officers and have met the requirements the agency imposes. He believes the current system of limiting and restricting arrivals of foreign nationals have been effective upon reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
JONIANSYAH HARDJONO (CONTRIBUTOR)