Despite warning Covid-19, Saudi Arabia’s travel ban to Indonesia stays

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia nationals scanned travel document at the immigration gate of King Khalid International Airport. (Source: Reuters)

Jakarta, IO – Saudi Arabia nationals are still prohibited from traveling to Indonesia and 15 other countries as they still recorded Covid-19 cases.

The announcement was made by Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) on Saturday (21/5). Besides Indonesia, Saudi Arabia also “blacklisted” Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Vietnam, Armenia, Belarus, and Venezuela.

Read: Epidemiologist urges Govt to conduct early detection to prevent entry of monkeypox

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah questioned the policy to Saudi Arabia officials because in terms of Covid-19 cases, Indonesia has managed to get it under control and even the government has begun to relax the mask mandate in open spaces.