Bali and Java will remain on national Covid-19 restriction level one for the next 30-days. This means no change to the current restrictions for travelers and local people. The news that restriction remain at the lowest level is another positive sign that the country is moving in the right direction.
The Director General of Home Affairs Minister Safrizal Z told reporters from Jakarta that people in Indonesia needed to remain vigilant and to remain proactive in their approach to limiting the spread of the virus. He confirmed that PPKM Level one remains in place until 3rd October 2022, when another review of the latest figures will be carried out.
Bali and Java have remained on level one with monthly reviews since the middle of the year. These month-to-month updates will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Keeping the monthly reviews in place enables the government to enact restrictions with immediate effect should cases start to rise.
Minister Safarizal confirmed that cases across Bali and Java remained in decline over the last week. However, levels are still situated just above the conditions the World Health Organisation outlined. He wrote in a press statement that “All Indonesian regions status is in level 1. Still, we must continue to be vigilant’.
This is great news for the Bali tourism sector that keeps a close eye on Covid-19 caseloads as the recovery from the pandemic continues. Each time a new restrictions review approaches there are muttering about whether restrictions could change for better or worse. Thankfully, level one enables tourism businesses to operate at 100% capacity.
According to the World Health Organisation Covid-19 tracker, Indonesia logged 3,513 new cases of Covid in the last 24 hours. In a population of over 275 million people, this figure is very, very low. PPKM Level one allows public spaces, venues, restaurants, and hotels to operate at 100% capacity. The most noticeable requirement that remains in place is the use of the PeduliLindungi track and trace app in public spaces.
The Indonesian government has not indicated that travel requirements regarding Covid-19 vaccinations will change any time soon. While many countries have scrapped the proof of vaccination requirement, it remains the case that tourists to Indonesia must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Travelers who are medically exempt from receiving the vaccination or are unvaccinated may contact their embassy or consulate for specific information regarding their travel options.
It remains the case that international travelers to Bali must show proof of a full course of the Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival and download the PeduliLindungi app. Travelers must also undergo a temperature check on arrival. If a traveler shows a temperature of over 37.5 degrees, they will be asked to take a PCT test. If this comes back positive, they will be asked to isolate.
Governor Wayan Koster confirmed this week that Bali has the highest vaccination rate of all Indonesian provinces. Moreover, the vaccine rollout on the Island of the Gods was the fastest in the country too. In a written statement published on Monday, 5th September, Governor Koster stated that cases of Covid-19 in Bali are extremely low and continuing to decline. He said that recovery rates were increasing for those who test positive and that deaths from Covid-19 in Bali are at an all-time low.
In his statement, Governor Koster wrote, ‘The better condition of the Covid-19 pandemic and high vaccination rates in Bali have made Bali a comfortable, safe and conducive tourist destination for domestic and foreign tourists. It is likely that both the central Indonesian government and the Bali Provincial government will keep promoting public awareness of Covid-19 and vaccinations ahead of the G20 Summit.
Indonesia has received praise from ambassadors and world leaders for its handling of the pandemic. With one of the world’s most significant political events coming to Bali in just a matter of weeks, officials will want to stay in the clear a little longer before removing the last few remaining travel requirements regarding Covid-19.
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