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Indonesia curbs entry of foreign visitors from cities hit by COVID-19 outbreaks

Indonesia curbs entry of foreign visitors from cities hit by COVID-19 outbreaks

An Indonesian health officer points at the screen of a thermal scanner for passengers amid a deadly virus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, at the Lombok International airport in Praya, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on January 26, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Moh El Sasaky)

JAKARTA: Indonesia will ban the entry and transit of foreign visitors who have traveled to cities hit by coronavirus outbreaks in Iran, Italy and South Korea in the last 14 days, starting Sunday (Mar 8), the country's foreign minister said on Thursday.

Travellers coming from other places in the three countries will need to provide a certificate issued by health authorities to declare that they are healthy, Minister Retno Marsudi said.

The measures follow a similar ban on entry and transit of visitors from mainland China to limit the spread of the virus.

Indonesians coming home from the three countries, especially those who had travelled to outbreak-hit areas, will also face an extra health examination, Marsudi told reporters.

The world's fourth most populous country, with 260 million people, has reported two confirmed coronavirus infections.

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Source: Reuters/nh

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