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2x Vaccination Required to Enter Indonesia
Foreigners arriving in Indonesia are now required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Using a vaccination standard that is quickly becoming the norm globally, the Indonesian Government’s COVID-19 Czar, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, has announced the new, stricter requirement for foreign nationals to enter the Republic of Indonesia.
Bali Tourism News – Quoted by the State News Agency Antara on Tuesday, 06 July 2021, Luhut said: “All foreigners coming to Indonesia must show a vaccine card. These people must have undergone (before arriving in Indonesia) the two injections necessary for full COVID immunization.
No one can come to Indonesia before receiving both injections.” Luhut also explained that in addition to presenting a vaccination card, foreign visitors must also prove they have undergone a PCR Swab Test with a “negative” result before boarding their flight to Indonesia. Once landed in Indonesia, the foreign traveler must undergo another PCR Test and then submit to 8 days of quarantine in a designated hotel. At the end of the 8-day quarantine period, another PCR Test is required. If the final test remains “negative” for the coronavirus, the foreigner can then leave quarantine.
Bali Tourism News – The Minister defended the strict entry protocols, insisting similar standards have been implemented in many nations worldwide with quarantine periods varying, depending on the country, of 8, 14, to 21 days. Adding: “After we examined the studies from other countries we consider good examples, we established an 8-day quarantine period.”
The COVID-19 Czar, designated as the coordinator of Indonesia’s Emergency Limitations on Public Movement (PPKM-Darurat) Policy for Java and Bali, challenged those critical of handling the crisis to compare his steps in other locales around the world. Continuing, Luhut said the opening of Indonesia’s borders to foreign nationals also contained a component of reciprocity. “We need to act reciprocally. If other places are introducing such measures, we must do the same,” he noted.
Starting from 06 July 2021, foreigners must have a certificate showing they are fully vaccinated and proof of a “negative” PCR Swab Test performed within 48 hours of their departure for Indonesia.
Foreign diplomats and visiting foreign officials of a ministerial level are exempted from holding a valid vaccination certificate.
Bali Tourism News – Bali Update’s recent analysis of new daily infection rates starting from 01 May through 04 July 2021 demonstrated the rapid and dramatic increase in new COVID-19 infections, emphasizing an almost uncontrolled upward spiral in new cases in Bali dating from the third week of June.
The sudden upsurge in new in Bali and Java starting in late June prompted the national leaders to implement the virtual shutdown of Java and Bali under the PPKM-Darurat policies.
Balidiscovery.com thanks Jackie Pomeroy of Ubud, who has made an art form of following statistical developments of COVID-19 in Indonesia, has created the accompanying updated graph showing trends in reported daily cases starting from 01 May.
Reiterating our earlier coverage and statements made this past week by Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Bali cannot even entertain removing restrictions on public movement and reopening its borders until the daily “new case” level decline.
Unfortunately, over the past week, the number of new COVID cases has continued a relentless upward trend. The question that dominates is: “Will Indonesia extend the PPKM-Darurat beyond its current deadline of 21 August 2021 if new case numbers fail to decline?”
Bali Tourism News: Highest Rate of Vaccinations
As reported by NusaBali, through Saturday, 10 July 2021, the number of Bali residents receiving their first injection stood at 2,567,967 (85,71%) of the targeted 2,996,060 total population.
The total number of Bali residents who have received their second injection through 10 July is 763,761 (25.48%).
The actual numbers of people vaccinated in the Province are provided by the chief of Bali’s Health Department, Dr. I Ketut Suarjaya.
Dr. Suarjaya claimed that the Province of Bali has achieved the highest level of vaccination nationwide. The second-highest level of immunization was recorded by Jakarta, followed by Jogjakarta, East Java, and Riau. “Nationally, Bali has the highest level of first and second vaccinations,” Suarajaya explained.
Bali Tourism News – Broken down further by municipality and regency, as of 10 July 2021, the following level of injections have been achieved in Bali:
Denpasar 503,305 (110.34% of the target)
Badung Regency 394,409 (111.04% of the target)
Tabanan Regency 300,093 (93.31% of the target)
Gianyar Regency 301,089 (85,34% of the target)
Klungkung Regency 125,375 (83.01% of the target)
Jembrana Regency 178,821 (77.53% of the target)
Karangasem Regency 265,035 (72.81% the target)
Bangli Regency 129,085 (63.37% of the target)
Buleleng Regency 370,065 (64.07 of the target)
I Ketut Kariyasa Adnyana, a member of Commission IX in charge of health matters of the People’s Representative Council (DPR-Indonesia), is projecting that by the end of July 2021, Bali will achieve and over 70% vaccination coverage.
70% vaccination is a level often linked with “herd coverage” for the Island of Bali.
Bali Tourism News – Daily Life in Bali Under PPKM-Darurat (Emergency Limitations on Public Movement)
During the current Emergency Limitations on Public Movement (PPKM-Darurat) to remain in effect until 20 July 2021, street lights on public streets are being turned off at 8:00 pm to discourage public movement and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Provincial Secretary for Bali reported that Bali’s Governor, members of the Communications Forum for Regional Leadership, the military commander in Bali, the chief prosecutor, and the Regents and Mayor from across Bali – met together in a PPKM-Darurat evaluation session on Wednesday, 07 July 2021.
As reported by NusaBali.com, Indra revealed that during the 2.5-hour meeting, a range of points was mutually agreed, including:
Lights at tourism destinations, public places, and public places will be turned off at 8:00 pm.
Public activities, already limited under PPKM-Darurat, should all cease at 8:00 pm.
Bali Tourism News – All public restaurants, bars, cafes, kiosks (kaki lima), snack stands, and similar operations should not serve the walk-in public during the duration of the PPKM-Darurat until 20 July 2021.
Food and beverage establishments may, however, do delivery and take away business but only until 8:00 pm.
Traditional and religious ceremonies during PPKM-Darurat should be postponed until after 20 July 2021.
Traditional and religious ceremonies that cannot be postponed can operate under strict rules on a maximum number of participants, physical distancing, and timing – all intended to respect health protocols.
WiFi services provided by the Provincial Government of Bali, Regencies, or the Municipality should end at 8:00 pm.
Indra concluded, saying: “So, I ask for the support of every sector of the Indonesian public to help suppress COVID-19 in the Province of Bali to the lowest level. This should be done until the health and safety of the Balinese people can be safeguarded and in the future, the economy can be returned to good health.”
Bali Tourism News – Occupancy Rates Tumble Due to Shutdown
NusaBali reports that the shutdown of Java and Bali with the implementation of the Emergency Limitations on Public Movement (PPKM-Darurat) policy has precipitated wide-scale cancelation of hotel bookings in Bali.
While in May and June, hotel bookings in Bali had crept into double-digit territory, the introduction of PPKM-Darurat, effective from 03 July until 20 July 2021, has sent occupancy levels back into single digits as domestic travelers are electing to stay at home and cancel holiday plans for Bali.
Sang Putu Eka Pertama, the general manager of a hotel in Kuta, said that before introducing PPKM, the occupancy at his hotel was averaging between 25-30%, assisted by small meetings and the “Work from Bali” (WFB) initiative. Adding: “Last week before PPKM was announced, I was becoming optimistic that the WFB would get business going again.”
But, as soon as the PPKM program was announced, occupancy at his Kuta property sunk to just 5%. “If this persists for two more months, there is a possibility that many hotels will close again,” warned Eka Pertama.
I Wayan Bagiana, a chef working at a Bali hotel, sounded similar sentiments, saying his hotel’s occupancy reduced to just 20% after registering occupancies of 35-40% in May and June. “In the period of May-June, the atmosphere of the hotel sprung back into life. The hotel’s guests were almost all domestic travelers. There was an increase.” said Bagiana.
Bali Tourism News – Commenting on the impact of the PPKM-Darurat, Bagiana said, “many people have canceled.” He continued, says the guests who are still in his hotel have reduced their outside activities and return to their room earlier than planned. Many guests are just staying in the hotel and not going outside. The total number of guests is markedly reduced.
The vice-chairman of the Indonesian Hotel General Manager Association (IHGMA), I Made Ramia Adnyana, said he hopes the government will provide a solution to the current business impasse. Adding: “Let there be more programs that are labor-intensive and produce results.”
Bali Tourism News – Adnyana is also recommending other solutions to bring relief to Bali tourism, such as a program of soft loans to help businesses bridge the current crisis period.
The IHGMA vice-chairman underlined that the tourism community supports the PPKM-Darurat and other measures by the government to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. At the same time, tourism stakeholders are pleading with the government to assist them in their economic plight.
Ramia Adnyana explained that before implementing PPKM-Darurat in May and June 2021, Bali was averaging 8,000 – 9,000 daily domestic visitors. Now, following the introduction of PPKM-Darurat, daily arrivals are around 2,000 visitors per day. “This big drop is affecting hotel occupancies,” he lamented.
The Bali Center for Statistic (BPS-Bali) recorded that starred hotels in May 2021 recorded a 10.35% average occupancy. The previous month, April occupancies averaged 10.09%.
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