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Covid-19 Situation Report: Indonesia
01 December 2020 | Written by Chris Alexander

Indonesia remains closed to most international arrivals at this time, although a travel corridor exists between Indonesia and Singapore for business tourism. The challenge of containing a pandemic in the world’s largest archipelago, which is also home to the world’s most populous island (Java), makes containment more challenging than elsewhere. Unlike neighbours Thailand and Vietnam, which have had notable success in isolating and containing the virus, Indonesia appears to be putting its resources into finding a cure, through vaccination. In this regard, there has been some very promising progress in recent weeks. 

Indonesia recently signed a deal with China’s Sinovac Biotech for 50 million doses of the new Covid-19 vaccine, which is currently undergoing phase 3 clinical trials in Bandung, West Java. In November, the Government also inked an agreement with the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and Oxford University to supply Indonesia with a further 100 million coronavirus vaccines in 2021. Last week, the vaccine averaged 70% efficiency in clinical trials. To hedge its bets, the government is also exploring partnerships with two other Chinese drug manufacturers, Sinopharm and CanSino Biologics, and is being funded in part by international aid, following a US$1 billion loan deal with Australia.   

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo stated at a cabinet meeting last week that his administration was preparing mass vaccinations and urged ministers to support distribution throughout the islands. Indonesia’s State-Owned Enterprises Ministry intends to vaccinate 107 million people between the ages of 18 and 59 (around 67% of the population in that age group) by the end of 2021.  

President Jokowi’s administration has already allocated IDR 695.2 trillion (US$47 billion) for a stimulus programme aimed at strengthening the country’s pandemic response and reviving the economy. This includes IDR 3.8 trillion (US$ 257 million) for the development of tourism destinations nationwide. The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has released a standardised set of protocols for hotels, restaurants and MICE activity, in order to restart tourism at the domestic level. The Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) and Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) have launched the ‘SafeTravel’ campaign in an effort to standardise health and safety procedures nationwide, and restore public confidence. 

Panorama Destination Indonesia News:  

Panorama Destination Indonesia has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, working alongside government officials in each of its branch offices in Medan, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bali and Labuan Bajo. We are working closely with local government, international experts and colleagues in the Indonesian tourism sector to ensure the health and safety of travellers when they return; for example, we recently partnered with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and became part of the ‘Safe Travels’ campaign. Approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these protocols let us provide a standardised service and stringent protective measures for clients in Bali across a range of sectors, including hospitality, attractions, outdoor retail, aviation, airports, cruises, convention centres and MICE.     

Our Bali office been certified by the Bali Regional Government, in response to its implementation of safety protocols in preparation for the New Normal. This rigorous certification will also help guide our operations in their compliance with cleanliness, health and safety, and environmental issues amidst the on-going Covid-19 pandemic; ultimately, this will ensure we can offer a better, safer experience to clients, employees and stakeholders. 

Panorama Destination will continue to provide the latest breaking news regarding Covid-19 and its impact on tourism via our social media channels:  

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We also understand that our clients, agents and partners have many concerns and questions regarding the current situation in Indonesia with regards to Covid-19. To help address some of these issues, we’ve put together a series of frequently asked questions and provided a response according to the most current information. 

(Please note that the Covid-19 situation in Indonesia continues to develop on an almost daily basis. All information above and below is accurate at the time of writing – for the latest updates, please refer to our social media channels, or get in touch directly) 

Covid-19 FAQ 

What is the current situation in Indonesia? 

The government is planning to roll out a schedule of mass vaccinations by the end of the year. Covid-19 safety protocols have been put in place at all levels of the tourism industry, and a series of major government investments are helping to spark a recovery. 

Are there any signs of progress with reviving tourism in Indonesia? 

A travel corridor has already been set up for business tourism between Singapore and Indonesia. The Central and Regional Government have also begun opening tourist destinations in Indonesia, including Mount Bromo, Dieng Plateau, Wae Rebo Village, Toba and Samosir Island, with many more expected to reopen. Flight networks continue to reopen too, as widespread demand for domestic travel continues to grow, and Indonesia’s tourism infrastructure steadily comes back online.  

How and when will Indonesia reopen for tourism? 

At this time, the government plan is to open several destinations around the end of 2020, served by direct flights only, to mitigate possible transmission. Officials plan to continue boosting domestic tourism until end of this year, and then reopen to Indonesia’s regional source markets such as ASEAN, Australia, China, Japan and South Korea. 

Where can I find more information? 

As always, check our website and social media channels for all the latest updates:  

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