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Indonesia has quickly banned foreign tourists getting into the nation by way of Jakarta’s airport, the Transport Ministry stated, in a bid to sluggish a spike in coronavirus infections pushed by the Omicron variant. The Southeast Asian nation has seen a soar in circumstances, with greater than 36,000 infections recorded on Sunday and the mattress occupancy fee at hospitals within the capital reaching 63%.
The transfer to bar tourists flying to Jakarta comes simply days after Bali welcomed the primary worldwide flight in practically two years carrying foreign guests. The new rules apply to foreign tourists and Indonesians who’ve travelled overseas for holidays, the ministry stated in an announcement launched late on Sunday.
The resolution to “temporarily restrict tourist arrivals” was supposed to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus, stated Novie Riyanto, Director General for Civil Aviation at the Ministry. Tourists flying from overseas will nonetheless be capable of arrive at Bali airport, in addition to at Batam and Tanjung Pinang within the Riau Islands close to Singapore.
Police have additionally carried out a curfew in downtown Jakarta from midnight to 4 a.m. as infections have stored climbing. Indonesian officers have warned that the surge in circumstances pushed by the Omicron variant might not peak till late February.
Despite these considerations, the resort island of Bali welcomed a flight from Tokyo final Thursday carrying six foreigners, largely journey brokers who had been on board to observe the island’s readiness to obtain foreign tourists.
Bali formally opened to foreign guests from 19 nations final October, however with no non-cargo flights till final week foreign tourists have been restricted.
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