Fifth batch of Indonesian workers leaves on special RB flight

Lyna Mohamad

Two hundred and fifty Indonesians returned home on Sunday, on board a special flight by national carrier Royal Brunei Airlines (RB).

The special flight was the fifth by the airline.

As with the previous special flights, the repatriation process was borne by the returning Indonesian nationals, the majority being workers who had completed their employment contracts in Brunei Darussalam.

Present to see them off at the Brunei International Airport and assist in the repatriation procedures were officials from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Brunei Darussalam.

The KBRI also facilitated the repatriation of six Indonesian nationals who were unwell.

ABOVE & BELOW: Indonesian passengers at the Brunei International Airport; and an embassy staff assisting in the check-in process. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD

The Indonesian passengers were all provided with face masks, gloves and documents by the KBRI. Each of them was also given a Health Alert Card from the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Indonesia, which they were required to fill.

Upon arrival in Indonesia, they underwent COVID-19 preventive procedures which include swab tests and 14 days of quarantine.

Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko said, “There are plans for a sixth special flight to repatriate more Indonesians, and I hope that regular flights from Brunei to Indonesia and vice-versa will resume operations soon.”

To date, 666 Indonesians have been successfully repatriated, as a result of the collaboration with RB.

Based on a survey by the KBRI, there are more than 300 Indonesians in Brunei Darussalam, who are still waiting to return to their home country.

The first special flight operated by RB was to Jakarta, on May 1. The second special flight was also to Jakarta on May 15, with the third to Surabaya on May 17, and the fourth to Jakarta on June 21.