Syrians abroad face a travel ban to Jakarta imposed by Syrian intelligence. Indonesians embassies now require an approval from regime authorities in Damascus.
Indonesian diplomatic sources in one of the Arab Gulf States say Syrians traveling to Jakarta for tourism now require Syrian regime approval.
The new instructions from Indonesian embassies stipulate that any Syrian who wants to travel to Indonesia should submit a formal application attached with his personal data and information, to be sent afterwards to the Indonesian embassy in Damascus, which in turn coordinates with the Air Force Intelligence, and check if the person is wanted to the regime or not.
Visa applications of many Syrians, who live in the Gulf, have been refused over the agreement, the source said.
In a related context, the Australian government put more pressure on the Indonesian authorities to halt illegal travel by Syrians to its territory through a nearby island.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer