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Indonesia Commits to Nationwide Safety Certification
26 December 2020 | Written by Chris Alexander

As Indonesian tourism continues its recovery from Covid-19, the Government has rolled out an extensive set of health and safety protocols for hotels and restaurants, known as Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE).  

Devised by the Indonesian Government’s Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), CHSE certification comprises a set of health and safety protocols to be implemented nationwide, confirming hotel compliance in various popular tourism destinations and demonstrating that each has been inspected and approved according to the new requirements.  

To ensure the CHSE standards are enforced, Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Ministry has been allocated a budget of IDR 119 billion (US$ 8.3 million), which will be used to roll out the protocols for businesses in 34 provinces nationwide.  

This complements a recent IDR 3.3 trillion (US$224 million) stimulus package for tourism-related businesses and local administrations, designed to ramp up Indonesia’s safety standards and protocols in advance of a return to normal tourism operations.  

Various locations have already reopened under CHSE certification, including a range of popular attractions and facilities in Banyuwangi, East Java; Batam and Bintan in the Riau Islands; Yogyakarta in Central Java; Labuan Bajo and Komodo National Park East Nusa Tenggara; and Bali.  

CHSE certification is internationally recognised, supported by substantial government investment and regulated by diligent inspection, making it an effective way of raising standards and restoring confidence in tourism infrastructure nationwide. With a growing number of hotels, restaurants and attractions achieving CHSE certification status, Indonesia’s tourism sector is increasingly ready to reopen and welcome back international arrivals for safe, memorable travel experiences in the archipelago.