Indonesia bans international visitors for 2 weeks over new Covid-19 virus strain

JAKARTA (REUTERS) – International visitors will be barred from entering Indonesia for a two-week period, in a bid to stem the spread of a new potentially more contagious strain of the coronavirus, its foreign minister Retno Marsudi said on Monday (Dec 28).

The new regulation, effective Friday (Jan 1), comes days after Indonesia banned travellers from Britain and tightened rules for those arriving from Europe and Australia to limit the spread of the new strain.

Earlier this year Indonesia banned all tourists but some exemptions have been made for business travellers. The new regulation applies to all foreign visitors, with the exception of high-level government officials, she said.

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