Saudi Arabia bans travel to and from Indonesia, Umrah suspended for Indonesian pilgrims

Saudi Arabia bans travel to and from Indonesia Umrah suspended for Indonesian pilgrims

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Last week, the Ministry of Interior announced that Saudi Arabia officially banned their citizens from traveling to Indonesia, either direct or indirect.

The decision was taken based on the government’s concern for its citizens due to the high daily spike in COVID-19 cases in the Republic of Indonesia.

This travel ban will remain in effect until the epidemiological situation in Indonesia is stabilized, says a report.

The Ministry of Interior also urged the citizens who are already in Indonesia to stay away from the areas where the risk of the coronavirus is high and return to the Kingdom as soon as possible.

Previously, a total of 8 Saudi citizens, all of whom consisted of men of various ages, were infected with COVID-19 after visiting Indonesia.

Saudi Arabia also had issued a law banning its citizens from international travel if they have not received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Kuwait is also an additional country that prohibits its citizens from traveling to Indonesia as the country facing a high explosion of new variant coronavirus.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait informs its citizens in Indonesia to leave immediately to ensure their safety.  They added that the Kuwait embassy in Jakarta is ready to be contacted by the citizens who need help.

The latest report stated that 33,772 new cases were found, bringing the total to 2,983,830 positive cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia, turning the country into the new coronavirus epicenter in Asia, leaving India behind.

Indonesia has become one of the countries with the highest number of coronavirus infections, with the number of cases per 1 million people is the highest in the world. The explosion of positive cases in Indonesia is allegedly due to the spread of the delta variant.

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