The Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia has slowed down dramatically in recent weeks and months, as the nation continues its march towards full immunity. On Sunday (2/1), Indonesia reported just 174 new Covid-19 cases – a sign of the virus’ waning influence in an archipelago of 208 million people. At fewer than 200 new daily cases, Indonesia’s Covid-19 figures are less than 1% of July’s peak, which were over 50,000.
In another encouraging milestone, the number of recovered patients (4,115,358) continues to rise and is soon expected to overtake the number of confirmed Covid-19 positive cases (4,264,669). Both figures are accurate as of 6 January.
On 3 January, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that Indonesia’s vaccination drive had covered more than half of the country’s target population (those aged 12 and above) with both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. An estimated 54.8% of Indonesia’s population is now fully covered by the vaccine, having completed both shots. Around 79.6% of the targeted population have received at least one dose. A total of 281,299,690 million doses have now been administered.
On Monday, Indonesia also lifted its own domestic travel restrictions, which had been in place over the holiday season to guard against any super spreading as a result of Christmas and New Year movement. This means that travel curbs on unvaccinated individuals will be lifted, and long-distance travellers will no longer be required to present negative test results or completed vaccine certificates prior to departure.
Bali’s international airport reopened on 14 October after 18 months of closure. Although the expected influx of arrivals has been slow to materialise (official numbers suggest that only 45 foreigners visited the island in 2021), according to Statistics Indonesia, around 1.06 million foreigners arrived via other Indonesian islands from January to August, taking local flights and ferries to Bali alongside the many millions of domestic tourists.
As of 15 September 2021, foreigners or non-Indonesian citizens were allowed to enter Indonesia as long as they have been fully vaccinated. This is stipulated under Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation No. 34/2021 (or Permenkumham No. 34/2021) on the Granting of Visa and Immigration Permit During the Covid-19 Pandemic Handling Period and Towards National Economic Recovery. Visa-on-arrivals are still not being granted until such time that the Indonesian government has deemed the Covid-19 pandemic to be over.
Every foreigner who wants to enter Indonesia must submit a negative Covid-19 swab test result and show evidence that they have health insurance that can cover the cost of any Covid-related treatment. All arrivals must undergo quarantine and take a swab or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test to ensure that they are completely healthy and free from Covid-19.
Despite some recent success, Indonesia continues to be cautious, especially in response to the new Omicron variant. The government has preprepared additional human resources, pharmaceutical workers and medical equipment in the event of any future outbreak. The country has an estimated total of 400,000 hospital beds, of which around 30% (120,000) have been allocated for Covid-19 care and recuperation. The government has also prepared additional supplies of Covid-19 medication, ready to be distributed in the event of any sudden escalation in demand.
To further guard against the Omicron strain, the Indonesian Covid-19 Task Force issued Circular No. 1/2022 on health protocols for overseas travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Circular mandates a temporary ban on the entry of foreigners from 14 countries where the Omicron variant has been detected. These countries include South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Nigeria, France, England and Denmark, among others. The full decree can be found here. In addition, the quarantine period for all incoming travellers has also been extended from 10 to 14 days, to help curb the spread and guard against any further outbreaks.
Panorama Destination Indonesia News:
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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