Travel Advice Indonesia 2020: the latest update

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Travel Advice Indonesia 2020

With the declaration of a worldwide viral pandemic, COVID-19, by the World Health Organisation, international travel is being restricted by many countries.  At Travala.com, we want to ensure that our customers are provided with the latest travel advice for the key destinations favoured by our customers.

 

The first cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed in the city of Wuhan, China on 31 December 2019 and since then, it has proceeded to spread to over 204 countries and territories with over 1,250,000 people so far testing positive for the virus and sadly over 68,000 dying.

 

Indonesia confirmed its first internally transmitted case of COVID-19 on 2 March 2020 and by 5 April, 2,273 cases and 198 deaths had been confirmed. Read more below about the latest travel advice for Indonesia in 2020. 

 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus, a large family of viruses which can cause illness in animals and humans. Coronavirus infections in humans can result in coryzal symptoms as seen in a common cold and more severe respiratory symptoms such as pneumonia. In recent years, we have seen outbreaks of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

 

COVID-19 is the most recently discovered type of coronavirus and it is spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth. The method of transmission is often via cough, sneeze or exhalation. People breathing in these droplets or touching the surfaces these droplets land on and who touch their eyes, nose or mouth are at risk of developing COVID-19.
The World Health Organisation continues to assess ongoing research on the means of transmission of COVID-19 but general advice is to maintain distance from others, regularly wash hands and avoid touching your face.

 

Many countries have implemented temporary travel restrictions and COVID-19 has impacted on events and activities. In the Travala.com travel advice newsletter we will endeavour to provide you with the latest travel advice on key destinations.

 

Current Travel Advice for Indonesia, as at 6 April 2020

Is it safe to travel to Indonesia in 2020? From 2 April 2020, travellers who are non-residents of Indonesia have been advised that they are not allowed to enter Indonesia with visa exemptions and visa on arrival applications suspended until 20 April.

 

This extends to airline crew and passengers who have been in China or Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in South Korea, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City in the past 14 days. 

 

Those entering Indonesia with Permanent Staying Permits (KITAP) or Temporary Staying Permits (KITAS) are only permitted to enter Indonesia if they have a valid and written in English health certification issued by a local health authority. This health certificate  must state that they are fit for travel and free from respiratory disease. The certification must have been issued at least 7 days prior to the date of departure. Want to stay up to date on latest travel advice to Indonesia? Subscribe to our newsletter. 

 

Flight changes to and from the Indonesia

With many of Indonesia’s neighbouring countries  imposing travel restrictions due to COVID-19 and Indonesia’s own measures, the country’s airline industry has reacted.

 

  • On 1 April 2020, Indonesia AirAsia grounded all domestic flights within Indonesia until 21 April 2020 and all international flights until 17 May 2020
  • Prior to 2 April 2020, Garuda Indonesia airlines had attempted to maintain its level of service but is now allowing those travelling un until 31 May 2020 to reschedule flights

 

Cancelled events in Indonesia

Indonesia’s President, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, declared a COVID-19 public health emergency on 31 March 2020.

 

This included the closure of schools and workplaces and the implementation of restrictions on religious activities and activities in public places. 

 

Many Christian churches in Indonesia have cancelled their Easter activities while the country’s Muslims have been issued with an unprecedented edict that forbids them travelling home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on 23-24 May 2020.

 

Coronavirus19 (COVID-19) FAQ – Travel

Question: Should I cancel my vacation to Indonesia?

Answer: In many countries, non-essential travel is being discouraged with the pandemic being a constantly evolving and changing situation.  You should check for latest updates on travel advice for both your country of departure and your destination via respected Government websites and the Travala.com travel advice newsletter. With refundable bookings on Travala.com you can be assured that if you do need to cancel your vacation that you will be refunded.

 

Question: If I decide to travel to Indonesia, are there any precautions that can be taken to minimise the risk of infection?

Answer: 

  • Avoid contact with people displaying symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with hands, especially if unwashed.
  • Make sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • While the focus is on COVID-19 please ensure that you are up to date with your routine vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

 

Question: Is there an increased risk of infection whilst travelling by air?

Answer: Due to how air is filtered and circulated on airplanes, many viruses and germs do not spread easily. Many countries now also operate immigration medical checks to identify any passengers who may pose a risk.

 

Question: Should travellers wear masks in Indonesia?

Answer: Anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to wear a mask as it restricts the spread of the virus. For the uninfected, the wearing of masks is not deemed to significantly reduce the risk of infection, but you may wish to consider the customs of your destination. For instance, all passengers travelling on trains in Indonesia must wear a face mask while they are encouraged on all other modes of transport.

 

Question: What can I expect on arriving and departing at airports?

Answer: In some countries screening for all passengers entering and leaving their country is being conducted. Before being allowed to board a flight, you may be questioned about your health and your travel history and have your temperature taken.

 


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