Why is Saudi Arabia banning its citizens from traveling to Indonesia?

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

government Saudi Arabia prohibits its nationals from entering the country Indonesia and 15 other countries.

The travel policy was announced on Saturday (May 21) by the Saudi Arabian General Directorate for Passports (Jawazat).

Saudi said the main reason for the travel ban was related to the development of Covid-19 cases in those countries.

According to reports Saudi gazetteAside from Indonesia, King Salman’s government also banned royal citizens from visiting Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India and Yemen.

Saudi Arabia also banned its citizens from entering Somalia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Vietnam, Armenia, Belarus and Venezuela.

In response to the new Saudi regulations, Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah raised his voice.

He acknowledged that the State Department had told the Saudis they were reviewing the policy.

“Conditions in Indonesia are much better, even compared to some western countries,” Faizasyah said CNNIndonesia.comMonday (23.5.).

When further asked if there had been any response from the Saudi side, Faizasyah admitted he had not received the latest information.

Meanwhile, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) in Jeddah, Eko Hartono, said Saudi Arabia-Indonesia relations could be disrupted due to this travel ban.

“This is disrupting efforts in bilateral relations, particularly in the areas of business and tourism,” Eko said in a text message to Mr CNNIndonesia.com on Monday evening (23.5.).

According to Eko, the reason for Covid-19 is no longer relevant as the reason for the travel ban to Indonesia.

“Even though the world knows the Covid-19 case is within us [Indonesia] it was handled well. she [Saudi] We also have an embassy in Jakarta that can monitor this,” Eko continued.

The trend of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia is gradually decreasing compared to last February.

Indonesia recorded an average of 259 Covid-19 cases in a week.

President Joko Widodo’s government has even eased a number of restrictions on Covid-19. Among other things, they lifted the use of masks outside the room, lifted the requirement for PCR testing for new arrivals, and lifted social distancing rules on the commuter line (KRL).

To date, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia has reached 6.05 million cases and 157,000 have died.


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