Indonesia Weighs Easing Lockdown From June

Indonesian officials have begun discussions about reopening Southeast Asia’s largest economy in phases starting from June to save economy amid strict health protocols.

As the world around us continues to change, we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you about our thoughts about Travel Business in the future.  Usually we’d use this space to show you the wonders of Indonesia. Meanwhile, I do not see necessity for us to talk about pristine beaches, epic landscapes and phenomenal wildlife right now, in a time when none of us can travel just yet to visit them, it doesn’t feel quite right. This is a time when our community truly needs to come together to support our clients and partners around the world.

We understand more than anyone, the transformative importance of travel. We’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding. Your words of support have been hugely reassuring. We have heard from many clients recently who have been using their extended time at home to start making holiday plans for when the time is right to travel again. We all need something to look forward to after all.

Indonesia Weighs Easing Lockdown From June

Tourism, that normally contributes a big role of the Indonesia’s economic output, is among the sectors hardest hit by the global outbreak that has grounded nearly all travel. With International travelers most likely to stay at home or travel shorter distances this summer, the nations likely to be shunned and will take longer to bounce back. 

Indonesian officials have begun discussions about reopening Southeast Asia’s largest economy in phases starting from June to save economy amid strict health protocols. The Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs is planning a five-phase return to post Covid-19 normalcy, starting with the freeing up of transport services on June 1 and the opening up of all economic activities by the end of July or early August. The government’s phased recovery plan is firm at this point.

President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, is looking forward to introduce the “new normal” in four of the nation’s 34 provinces, including Bali, and 25 cities judged to have flattened the curve. The government is also stepping up efforts in other areas – including the capital Jakarta on the densely populated island of Java – where the number of new infections is rising rapidly. To do this, the Jokowi government has brought out the troops.

According to the circular, online ticket reservation will take place in the destinations, while operating hours and the number of visitors will be limited at the aforementioned spots. That is part of a new normal that the Indonesian government has asked the public to brace for, which sees the enforcement of health protocols.

President Jokowi,  has vowed to flatten the virus curve this month “at all costs and means”  and has strongly advised the local administrations will apply “new normal” health protocols, including limiting the number of visitors to tourist destinations. Along with tourist destinations, hotels, shopping malls and traditional markets will also have to comply with the protocols. Hotels, for instance, must provide hand sanitizer and handwashing stations. The number of hotel occupancy will also be limited.

But as with other countries, it is a decision that has to be made sooner or later. The president has been worried all along at the economy impact on the country’s social fabric and particularly the informal sector.

Meanwhile, in its preparation to open up for tourists, the Bali regional government has recently stipulated that airline passengers are required to take the polymerase chain reaction before traveling to Bali. Passengers must be able to show the negative test result which is valid for seven days from the date of issuance. That is one of the requirements as part of the new health protocol to enter Bali, which at press time, is being set up.

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The central government stated trialing new health protocols. Police and army personnels will be stationed at public venues to prevent overcrowding and ensure visitors adhere to physical distancing. Other measures include limiting capacity by 50 per cent, temperature checks upon entry to a mall, and the placement of hand sanitisers in many locations. These protocols will be fully implemented alongside the resumption of business operations.

We at Top Indonesia sense a great desire and longing among people to travel again. With all due caution, we are now making it possible for people to catch up and experience what they had to do without for a long time with layered measures to ensure your safety.

Indonesian Airline & Travel industry outlines new norms

Indonesia has allowed the resumption of public transport services only for ‘essential travel’. Travels for family emergencies, repatriations of foreign citizens out of Indonesia and repatriations of Indonesian citizens from overseas will be allowed during the pandemic. Further, business trips related to the government’s handling of the pandemic, logistics flights and travels for ‘important economic functions’ would also be excluded from the current travel ban.

The National Disaster Management Agency, or BNPB, is setting up mobile laboratories at airports and seaports around the country to test arrivals for Covid-19.  On top of that, the Indonesian Airlines and airports are recommending a layered approach to temporary safety measures as air travel restarts, warning that no single measure can mitigate all of the risks during the pandemic. The plan laid out by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International to reassure governments it is safe for the public to fly includes contact tracing, temperature screening, social distancing, extra cleaning and wearing masks.

Successfully restarting air passenger travel while restoring confidence in the safety of air travel are vital pre-requisites to enabling the global economy to recover from COVID-19. Many airlines and airports in the country are implementing measures such as requiring masks and leaving middle seats empty, due to government requirements. Security and health screenings on airport entry and exit could play a useful role in reassuring passengers and deter travel in the case of suspected infections. We believe that an effective implementation on an outcome basis and layered approach for restarting tourism, represents the most effective way of balancing risk mitigation with the need to enable travel in the immediate term.

Secluded getaway to Bali, Komodo & selected destinations is set to gradually open for tourism

The time will come when we are travelling once again and when it does many of us will want to escape to a place of total calm, relaxation and seclusion with our loved ones. Take advantage of the secluded location with no prying eyes and space to stretch out implementing epidemic prevention measures. Private island hideaways are just that.

It’s hard to imagine, but we will holiday again. As global lockdown restrictions gently ease and countries tentatively dip a toe into the new normal, opportunities to safely travel will arise. Until then, we want our valued guests to know that Top Indonesia will be here with inspirational ideas, trustworthy advice, and a whole host of reasons why we cannot wait to help you when the time is right.

We remain your partner and advisor and welcome the opportunity to hear your thoughts, as we navigate through this time together.

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