JAKARTA, Nov 28 (dpa): Indonesia has imposed a travel ban on South Africa and seven other African countries following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant which has already been detected in European countries, an official said on Sunday.
Indonesia’s immigration department said the travel ban for foreigners with a travel history to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, and Nigeria within the past 14 days will take effect on Monday.
"Foreigners that have visited those countries within the past 14 days will be denied entry at the immigration checkpoints,” immigration spokesman Arya Pradhana Anggakara said in a statement.
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. - dpa