The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has formally announced the end of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Speaking from Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, the President officially revoked the country’s pandemic status as the final restrictions were lifted last week.
Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo, is known to many simply as Jokowi. Speaking from Merdeka Palace, he addressed the nation in a televised speech.
He said, “After more than three years of fighting together against the Covid-19 pandemic, since today, Wednesday, June 21, 2023, the government has decided to revoke the pandemic status, and we are entering an endemic period.”
He said that the government has taken into consideration daily caseloads across the archipelago, as well as vaccination rates and the prevalence of antibodies in the population.
He said that a survey shows that 99% of those tested already show Covid-19 antibodies.
In the last few weeks, the World Health Organization also revoked the status of Covid-19 as a global public health emergency.
Jokowi said, “Of course, with this decision, the national economy will move better and improve the social and economic status of the community.”
For the tourism sector and communities across Bali, the official end of the pandemic in Indonesia is great news.
The final restrictions were revoked last week, and as such unvaccinated travelers are permitted to enter Indonesia.
A move that thousands of holidaymakers have been waiting for for a very long time indeed.
This means that no tourist entering Indonesia will have their vaccination status checked, and there is no need to travel with proof of vaccination records even if travelers are double-dosed and boosted.
Currently, there are just 70 active recorded cases of Covid-19 in Bali. The Secretary of the Bali Covid-19 Handling Task Force, I Made Rentin, spoke to reporters about what the end of the pandemic means in Bali specifically.
Rentin said, “Indeed, there are people who have confirmed new cases, but they are asymptomatic or at most have mild symptoms, and it is not recommended to be hospitalized.”
He added, “Even though the Covid-19 pandemic status has been revoked, let’s continue to practice a clean and healthy lifestyle, be consistent in carrying out health programs, and let’s continue vaccination.”
It is clear that officials across Indonesia are keen to connote to promote the health and hygiene practices that became the norm during the pandemic.
In an Instagram post, Indonesia’s Tourism Board, Wonderful Indonesia, have issued some useful guidance for tourists to stay healthy and happy during their visit.
The new health protocols for the endemic transition in Indonesia are pretty straightforward and certainly worth putting into practice to have a happy and healthy time in Bali.
Despite the vaccination requirement now being scrapped, the recommendation for travelers heading to Indonesia is still up to date with Covid-19 vaccinations and all other travel jabs.
In terms of mask-wearing, there are no mandatory requirements; however, in Indonesia, mask-wearing in certain circumstances is still considered culturally respectful.
Wonderful Indonesia has said “while it is permissible to go without a mask if in good health and not at risk, it is still recommended to wear a properly fitted mask in unhealthy or high-risk situations, during travel, and in public facilities”.
They also recommend regular hand washing and carrying hand sanitizer. Social distancing is also advised by the Tourism Board if you are feeling unwell to help reduce the risk of transmission.
Finally, Wonderful Indonesia has recommended that tourists still download the SatuSehat app in order to help keep track of personal health and be up to date with any breaking news or changing protocols as the country moves from pandemic to endemic status.
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