Jakarta (ANTARA) - Some 398 Indonesian crew members of US cruise ships landed aboard a chartered flight at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport, west of Jakarta, on Monday, April 14, 2020.

The Indonesians, who worked for the Carnival Cruise Line, departed from Miami in the United States after undergoing a series of stringent medical tests in accordance with the health protocol, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry noted in a written statement released on Tuesday.

Upon arriving at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport, the airport health authorities conducted a series of medical tests on the crew members, including by using thermal scanners and thermal guns to check their body temperature, measuring oxygen levels in their blood, and interviewing them briefly on their health condition and travel history, the ministry revealed.

In addition, they had to fill health alert cards at the airport.

The government, through several of its missions in the US, had contacted the crew members to ensure that they were in good health before returning to Indonesia, according to the ministry.

They had undergone quarantine and medical tests and none of them were found to be symptomatic with COVID-19 before being repatriated to Indonesia, the statement noted.

The Indonesian crew members comprised 139 working for Carnival Horizon, 46 for Carnival Paradise, 67 for Carnival Senfation, and 146 for Carnival Sunrise.
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