After South Africa, Indonesia now restrict arrivals from another seven African nations amid new Covid-19 variant concerns

The restriction by Indonesia to the eight African countries takes effect on Monday (Nov 29). - AFP

JAKARTA, Nov 28 (Bernama): Indonesia is the latest to join the growing number of Asean nations that has imposed restriction on travellers from eight African countries, in the wake of the detection of new Covid-19 variant, B.1.1.529 or known as Omicron.

The restriction, effective Monday (Nov 29), applies to travellers from or who have been in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini and Nigeria in the past 14 days according to Indonesia Directorate General of Immigration.

In a statement today, head of public relations and general affairs, Arya Pradhana Anggakara said an order to stop the department from issuing visit visas and limited stay visas for citizens of the countries, except delegates to the G20 meetings in Bali, have been issued.

Indonesia is hosting the meetings and will hold the the G20 Presidency from Dec 1, 2021 until Nov 30, 2022.

On Friday, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines announced curbs on arrival from several nations in south of the African continent.

Thailand followed suit on Saturday barring travel to and from eight African nations.

Indonesia has also stopped issuing visas for citizens of those countries, he added.

Indonesia has managed to flatten the curve of the second wave of the pandemic triggered by the highly contagious Delta variant. Most of the restrictions to control the outbreak have now been lifted, allowing the pandemic-battered economy to recover.

About 45 per cent of the eligible population of 208 million have had their second dose of vaccine, while 66 per cent have had their first jab. Most people received China’s Sinovac vaccine. - Bernama

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