The Special Class I Immigration Office at Soekarno-Hatta Airport has repatriated 32 Indian foreign nationals who were refused entry to Indonesia on Sunday April 25, 2021.
“The deportation process for 32 Indians was carried out on Sunday at 00:40. They were flown home using Emirates Airlines flight number EK 395 for Dubai,” said Soekarno-Hatta Airport Immigration Checkpoint (TPI) Head Indra Bangsawan, when contacted Sunday morning.
32 Indian nationals were refused entry when they arrived at Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Friday, April 24 due to not meeting the requirements to enter Indonesia.
According to Indra, while waiting for the scheduled repatriation, the Indian nationals were prohibited from leaving the Soekarno-Hatta Airport area. They are placed in a special room for Immigration at Terminal 3. “The room is safe and does not disturb the atmosphere of the Terminal,” said Indra.
During the deportation process, Indra ensured that the Covid-19 health protocols werestrictly enforced. Indra said that the 32 Indian nationals came to Indonesia with various purposes. Some claimed to plan on doing business, invest and some claimed to work on ships.
“But they don’t have Kitas and Kitap (work/ stay permits). Even if they want to work on ships, how come there aren’t any agents to pick them up?” said Indra.
Indra stated that Immigration refused to allow the Indian nationals to enter Indonesia due to temporary restrictions for Indians and foreigners who had traveled to India in the previous 14 days. “We refused, because the Director General of Immigration has temporarily suspended the issuance of visas for Indian citizens.”
The refusal of entry to Indonesia also applies to all foreign nationals who are known to have traveled to India in the past 14 days.
Soekarno-Hatta Airport has tightened surveillance of flights and of Indian citizens travelling since last Friday.
The tightening of the entry of foreigners from India was carried out considering that the country is in the midst of being hit by the ‘Covid-19 Tsunami’ over the last two months. In addition, India is known to be struggling against mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus variant B 1617 which contains multiple mutations.