Indonesia Temporarily Bans Flights from India: Tourism Minister
The Indonesian government has banned flights from India, following a severe spike in Covid-19 cases which left nearly 200,000 dead in the South Asian country.
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said the step is part of efforts to prevent an outbreak on a similar case from occurring in Indonesia.
"We know that the Covid-19 situation in India is worrying, therefore the government has taken a firm step to close our borders to foreigners from India," Sandiaga said on Tuesday, April 24.
The decision was made a month after both countries discussed launching direct flights between Bali and India following a plan to reopen Bali's tourist attractions in the second semester of 2021.
Sandiaga said India's Covid crisis occurred when the government permitted religious festivals such as the Ganges River festival and other crowd pulling events. These traditions increased coronavirus transmissions. The situation was worsened by the country’s substandard health facilities.
The former Vice-Presidential hopeful added that the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Mwill work closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health.
"We will continue to monitor the situation in India, including the progress of the travel corridor arrangement with India," he said.