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November 3, 2020, 07.34 PM – Indonesian travelers are predicted to prefer planning an overseas trip to Turkey and Saudi Arabia amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia reopened its borders to foreign travelers for the Umrah pilgrimage in October as an estimated 300 pilgrims from Indonesia were set to depart for the Middle Eastern country on Sunday, November 1.

According to Secretary-General of the Association of the Indonesian Tour & Travel Agencies Pauline Suharno, the recent Indonesian pilgrims that departed last week were individuals who had made a deposit to their respective travel agents pre-pandemic.

Read also: Indonesia’s Airport Operator: First 253 Umrah Pilgrims Follow Health Protocols

“There have been operational delays among Umrah tour operators. Travel agents have also faced some difficulties as they prefer that guests who have made a deposit postpone their trip rather than guests request a refund.”

The majority of last week’s pilgrims from Indonesia are those that had postponed their Umrah pilgrimage and had only waited for approval for their departure.

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Indonesian travelers are expected to have a preference to visit Turkey during the coronavirus pandemic due to its uncomplicated terms and conditions that apply for foreigners.

Turkey has allowed foreign tourists to enter, including travelers from Indonesia, since June 2020.

Read also: Indonesian Red Cross Ready to Send Aid to Turkey Following Major Quake


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