AviationGaruda requires all passengers flying to the capital to have a health permit; Cambodia enforces mandatory 14-day quarantine; Changi Airport will lift transit bans from June 2

Jakarta now no-go area without medical clearance

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Jakarta is cracking down on the movement of people in and out of the city.
Jakarta is cracking down on the movement of people in and out of the city. Photo Credit: Arkadiusz Warguła/iStock/GettyImagesPlus

JAKARTA - National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia now requires  Jakarta-bound passengers to present an exit and entry permit for the city prior to boarding.

All passengers who wish to board flights to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport must also show medical letters from hospitals stating that they are COVID-19 negative.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan recently issued an order banning people from entering or leaving Jakarta, one of the cities in Indonesia hardest-hit by the virus, without prior approval, the Jakarta Post reported.

Garuda’s low-cost carrier subsidiary, Citilink, is also preparing to announce the same requirements for its passengers.

Passengers who do not provide the two required documents must self-quarantine for 14 days in hotels selected by the government’s COVID-19 Task Force.

Elsewhere, Cambodia will be enforcing a strict mandatory 14-day quarantine for all passengers flying into the kingdom. The move follows the arrival of two flights from South Korea on which two passengers tested positive to Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases in Cambodia to 124.

In Singapore, Changi Airport will  lift transit bans from 2 June.

Airport staff will wear personal protective equipment when interacting with passengers, while existing precautionary measures, such as safe distancing and temperature checks for passengers and staff, will remain in place. Transit passengers will be confined to a designated space in the airport.

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