JAKARTA, Nov 30 (Xinhua): The Indonesian government has expanded the entry ban on foreigners with travel histories in 10 countries and China's Hong Kong in the last 14 days, in order to prevent spread of the more contagious Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus, the Directorate General of Immigration has announced.
The 10 countries are South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, and Lesotho.
"This policy will be effective from Nov. 30, 2021," said the agency.
The Southeast Asian country has also suspended and limited the issuance of visit and stay visas for residents of the 11 areas.
Meanwhile, the quarantine period for international visitors from other areas has been extended from three to seven days, Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said.
"The government has taken steps to limit arrivals from abroad and will improve the genome sequencing measure to detect this Omicron variant," Pandjaitan added.
A 14-day quarantine is also applied to Indonesians with travel histories in the cited places having reported the Omicron variant.
Indonesia on Monday (Nov 29) confirmed 176 new Covid-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 4,256,112, according to the country's Health Ministry.
The ministry reported that the death toll from the virus in the country rose by 11 to 143,819, while 419 more people recovered during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,104,333.
Indonesia started mass Covid-19 vaccinations on Jan. 13 after the authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine.
More than 138.90 million people have received their first doses of vaccines, while over 94.75 million have taken the second doses.
Indonesia has so far administered over 234.88 million doses, including the third booster jabs.
The Indonesian government aims to vaccinate 208.2 million people in the country. - Xinhua