Hong Kong Bans Flights From Indonesia During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Hong Kong has announced that it will ban passenger flights from Indonesia starting Friday, after its administration designated Indonesia as an A1, or country that is at high risk of Covid-19 transmission, along with India, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines.
The territory announced the ban will come into effect Friday. “The number of imported COVID-19 cases from Indonesia crossed thresholds set [by Hongkong],” said the Hong Kong government of its decision to ban passenger flights from Indonesia.
The Indonesian Foreign Ministry confirmed the ban. “All airline arrivals from Indonesian are not allowed to enter Hong Kong. However, this policy is temporary and subject to periodic reviews,” said the ministry in a press release.
“[Indonesian] migrant workers affected by the new regulation should contact their employers and agents. The Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong will ensure that the rights of Indonesian migrant workers will be met.”
Hong Kong employs thousands of migrant workers from Indonesia, the Philippines and other countries. The Chinese special administrative region has recorded over 11,800 cases and 210 deaths from the coronavirus.