1970 crew working on German cruise ships return to Indonesia

   May 21, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

As many as 1970 Indonesians working for several Germany-based cruise ships were repatriated / returned to Indonesia over the past few weeks, Indonesia's Embassy in Berlin announced.

A total of 242 Indonesian crew of TUI Cruises' liners Mein Schiff 3, Mein Schiff 4, Mein Schiff 5, and Mein Schiff 6 left for Ngurah Rai Airport (Bali) on Wednesday, May 20, and arrived on Thursday, May 21.

According to the Indonesian Ambassador in Germany, Arif Havas Oegroseno, that was the last repatriation and all of them had tested COVID negative. The Indonesian crew boarded a chartered flight of TUIfly TB 8333, from Hamburg Airport at 6 PM (local time) on Wednesday.

As of May 19, the Indonesian Government has facilitated the return of a total of 99,543 Indonesian citizens from abroad. The majority of them are Indonesian migrant workers working in Malaysia as well as Indonesian sailors employed with foreign cruise ships.