Bali has received a new batch of more than 130,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine, as local officials begin the second phase of mass vaccinations, with efforts centred on Denpasar city. A total of 3 million people on the island (around 70% of the Bali population) are expected to be vaccinated in the coming weeks, in order to ensure that Indonesia’s most popular tourism destination is safe and ready for the return of international visitors in the near future. New plans are also underway to provide a travel bubble for vaccinated tourists visiting Bali.
Nationwide, the vaccination programme is already well underway, with top officials, including President Joko Widodo, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and Bali Governor Wayan Koster, among the first to receive the vaccine last month. An estimated 1.1 million people have already received the vaccination, according to the health ministry. The focus is now shifting to workers in close contact with the public (especially in tourism). The second phase of vaccinations is scheduled to be completed by May 2021, and expects to reach around 38.5 million people in Indonesia. At the end of February, the President confirmed that private vaccination programmes would also be permitted, opening the door for companies nationwide to provide inoculations for their employees.
Indonesia has set aside a budget of Rp73 trillion (US$5.1 billion) for procuring and distributing Covid-19 vaccines, with plans to stockpile 329.5 million doses from various manufacturers, including Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Novavax, Merah Putih and Pfizer Strategy. This program will be targeting of two-thirds of the population (about 181.5 million people) inoculated against the coronavirus by March next year. The vaccination itself will proceed in two phases: the first will be from January to April, in which around 1.6 million healthcare workers, 17.4 million public service officers and 25 million elderly people will be vaccinated; in the second phase, 63.9 million people living in areas with a high risk of transmission and 77.4 million in other vulnerable communities will get the jab between April 2021 and March 2022. Indonesia remains closed to international arrivals at this time. The current travel ban applies to all foreign nationals, except those with diplomatic and official stay permits, as well as those with special permits from ministerial authorities. However, plans are already underway to reopen travel corridors and kick start a more general tourism revival. New Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Mr. Sandiaga Uno has proposed that Indonesia focuses its vaccination programme on areas that are popular ports of entry for tourists, especially those arriving from neighbouring Singapore. Indonesia has also been elected to lead a regional task force, set up to reopen travel corridors between nations in the ASEAN bloc.
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Panorama Destination Indonesia has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, working alongside government officials in our branch offices in Medan, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bali and Labuan Bajo. We are working closely with local government, international experts and colleagues in the tourism sector to ensure the health and safety of travellers.
We have partnered with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) as part of the ‘Safe Travels’ campaign. Approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these protocols provide a standardised service and protective measures across multiple sectors, including hospitality, attractions, outdoor retail, aviation, airports, cruises, convention centres and MICE. Panorama Destination has also participated in and completed the CHSE inspection process, and has been awarded ‘Excellence’ status by MOTCE, having successfully fulfilled 91% of the indicators in the CHSE programme.
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 compliance with cleanliness, health and safety, and environmental issues.
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