Indonesia has closed its doors to South Korea, Iran and Italy, as a prevention measure from the novel coronavirus outbreak.  The decision came after the increasing number of COVID-19 virus in these three countries, VisaGuide.World reports.

During a press conference, Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that its country has been observing the World Health Organization situation report on COVID-19 virus spread closely, and according to the latest WHO report, aside China, there are three other countries which are highly affected by the virus, which are Iran, Italy and South Korea.

“In the interest of public health, Indonesia has issued a temporary measure for incoming visitors/travellers from the three said countries as follows; suspend entry or transit in Indonesia to incoming visitors/travellers who have travelled to the following cities/regions in the last 14 days:
Iran: City of Tehran and Qom as well as the Province of Gilan
Italy: Region of Lombardi, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marche, and Piedmont
South Korea: City of Daegu and Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do.”

Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that all visitors from outside the areas mentioned above will have to present a health certificate issued by the official Health Authorities from each respective country to apply for future visas.

According to the Ministry, a Health Certificate must still be valid and shown to the airline’s authorities upon check-ins. Foreigner travellers will not be permitted to enter or transit to Indonesia without a Health Authority certificate.

Travellers who come from one any of these three countries will have to complete a Health Alert Card, issued by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia. The Health Alert Card regards the foreigner’s visitors the travel history.

If travellers visited any of the countries mentioned above in the last 14 days, they would be ineligible to enter or transit to Indonesia. The travel bans are set to be enforced on March 8 and will be effective for an indeterminate period.

Last month, Indonesia suspended flights going and coming from China. Indonesia also suspended the visa-free and visa-on-arrival provisions for Chinese nationals.

So far, the number of Chinese citizens infected with coronavirus has reached 80,559. In South Korea, which is the second most affected country are marked up to 6,000 cases of coronavirus, followed by Iran with 4,747 and Italy with 3,858 cases.

The total number of citizens affected by COVID-19 virus has reached up to 100,000. 3,411 of them have died, so far.