Another 147 Indonesians flown home

Lyna Mohamad

Some 147 Indonesian nationals boarded the 7th special flight operated by Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) last Sunday to Surabaya, Indonesia.

The Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam assisted the repatriation of its citizens and embassy officials were present at the Brunei International Airport to provide each passenger with gloves, face mask and travel permit as well as a Health Alert Card issued by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia.

Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko expressed hope that by next month, RB would resume its flights to Indonesian cities as the demand for flights to Indonesia remains high.

The envoy added that every month, there are a number of Indonesian nationals who have finished their contracts and need to return home. Thus, the embassy is planning to facilitate more flights to Jakarta on August 19 and 23.

The Indonesian Embassy had previously facilitated six repatriation flights with five to Jakarta and one to Surabaya between May and July. So far, 1,059 Indonesian nationals have been flown home. Besides the repatriation of the seriously ill, majority of Indonesians who have returned to their home country have been migrant workers in Brunei whose employment contracts expired.

Upon arrival in their home country, the passengers will undergo COVID-19 screening procedures including a swab test and mandatory 14-day quarantine.

ABOVE & BELOW: An Indonesian Embassy official helps a passenger with the travel process; and Indonesian nationals queuing at the Departure Hall of the Brunei International Airport. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD