Indonesia bans arrivals from 8 African countries to curb Omicron variant

Indonesia bans arrivals from 8 African countries to curb Omicron variant

People wearing protective face masks stand as they wait for a train during a rush hour at a train station in Jakarta on Monday. (Reuters photo)
People wearing protective face masks stand as they wait for a train during a rush hour at a train station in Jakarta on Monday. (Reuters photo)

JAKARTA: Indonesia will ban the arrival of travellers who have been in eight African countries to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, an official document showed on Sunday.

Indonesia, home to popular tourist island Bali, will not allow people who have been in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini or Nigeria in the past 14 days.

The restriction takes effect on Monday, the document says.

Delegates attending G20 meetings, which Indonesia chairs, will not be affected by the ban. 

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