GARUDA Indonesia continues to conduct routine flights from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta.

According to the Country Manager Malaysia, PT. Garuda Indonesia Tbk. HM. Fredrik Kasiepo when contacted in Kuala Lumpur said that until now we are still flying three times a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Fredrik said this when responding to the Malaysian government’s policy of prohibiting entry to Indonesian citizens (WNI) holding long-term passports from entering the country as of Monday (7/9).

“Garuda continues to fly because Indonesian citizens from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta still wish to fly. Garuda Indonesia could still transport diplomats and Malaysian citizens flying from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur and transit passengers,” he noted.

He added that passenger interest is still high but we are still waiting and see also the central policy. The number of passengers from Malaysia to Indonesia is still not bad but he was reluctant to mention the number. Apart from Garuda Indonesia, a number of airlines also schedule flights to Indonesia, namely AirAsia and Malindo.

Previously, the Malaysian Government stated that it would prohibit long-term visa holders for Indonesian citizens (WNI), India and the Philippines from entering the country starting Monday, September 7, 2020.

“Considering the sudden increase in cases in several countries, the Special Ministerial Conference on PKP implementation today has made a decision to impose entry restrictions on long-term visa holders for three countries,” said Malaysian Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The restrictions on foreign nationals of the three countries include Permanent Residents (PR), Malaysian My Second Home Program (MM2H) visas, expatriates of all categories including Professional Visit Pass (PLIK), resident pass, spouse of Malaysian citizens (Spouse Visa) and students. [antaranews/photo special]