The situation changes so rapidly that we handle the situation cruise by cruise.
March 19, 2020: The US State Department has issued a Global level 4 Health Advisory – DO NOT TRAVEL
The COVID-19 situation in Indonesia has changed in the last few days. There are now 309 known cases and 25 people have died (source ChannelNewsAsia 19 March 2020). The number of cases is still low compared to most other effected countries but it can’t be denied that the virus has arrived in Indonesia as well and numbers are increasing.
Indonesia will prohibit the entry and transit of visitors who have travelled in the last 14 days to Italy and Vatican City, Spain, France, Germany, the UK, as well as Iran due to COVID-19 concerns, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Tuesday (Mar 17).
The ban, which will take effect at midnight on Friday March 20th
For the next month, all travellers who wish to visit Indonesia will also have to obtain a health certificate from their home countries and must apply for a visa from Indonesian missions, the ministry said in a statement.
Restrictions for travellers from China and South Korea’s Daegu City and Gyeongsangbuk-do province remain in place, the ministry said.
At this moment all harbors and airports are open. However air travel has decreased significantly and flights are being canceled or rerouted. Also some provinces are contemplating to close their local borders to foreigners. The airport in Sorong doesn’t allow foreigners to disembark.
Please take note that Singapore has restrictions for arrivals from ASEAN countries as well as Japan, Switzerland, and the U.K. Passengers from mainland China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Germany and Spain were already not allowed entry or transit through Singapore.
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President Jokowi’s statement 15 March 2020, 15.25 West Indonesian Time
Since we announced the Covid-19 case at the beginning of this month, I have instructed the Minister of Health and relevant ministries to increase extra steps in dealing with the global pandemic from Covid-19.
We see a number of countries that experienced an earlier spread than we and that have a lockdown with all the consequences with it, but there are also countries that do not do a lockdown but do the right steps and policies to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The government continues to communicate with WHO and uses WHO health protocols and consults with public health experts in dealing with the spread of Covid-19.
The government has also formed a task force to accelerate the handling of Covid-19, which is chaired by Indonesia National Board of Disaster Management (BNPB) Chief Lieutenant General TNI Doni Monardo. This task force has worked effectively by synergizing our national strength, both central and regional, involving the state’s workers, military, and the National Police and involving support from the private sector, social institutions, and universities.
As a large country and an archipelagic country the degree of spread of Covid-19 varies in degree from one region to another, therefore I ask all governors, all regents, all mayors to continue to monitor the condition of the area and continue to consult with medical experts in examine every situation that exists.
Then also continue to consult with BNPB to determine the status of the area on emergency alert or non-natural disaster emergency response based on the emergency status of the area, the ranks of the local government assisted by the TNI-Polri and support from the central government to continue to take effective and efficient steps in dealing with the spread and the impact of Covid-19.
Make a policy about the learning process from home for students and students. Making a policy about some state’s workers can work at home using online interaction while still prioritizing excellent service to the community.
Then postpone activities that involve a large number of participants and improve Covid-19 infection testing and treatment services to the fullest by utilizing the capabilities of regional hospitals and working with private hospitals and research and higher education institutions recommended by the Ministry of Health.
I have ordered to provide adequate budget support to be used effectively and efficiently, which first refers to Law Number 24 Year 2007 on Disaster Management which allows the government and regional governments to prioritize using the budget quickly.
In addition, the Minister of Finance has also issued regulations and guidelines for the provision of the budget needed by all ministries/institutions and local governments and the task force for the acceleration of handling Covid-19.
This regulation provides a legal basis so that relevant parties can use their budgets and submit additional budgetary requirements to address the challenges of distributing Covid-19.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed the world economy massively and significantly, including to the Indonesian economy. For this reason, the government has taken and continues to take rapid steps to anticipate some of these impacts.
The government ensures the availability of sufficient staples to meet the needs of the community. The government has also provided economic policy incentives as announced by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and the ranks of the Ministry of Economy to keep the business activities that are already running as normal.
I also ask the regional head to support this policy and carry out adequate policies in the regions. I and the entire cabinet continue to work hard to prepare and protect Indonesia from the spread of Covid-19 and minimize its implications for the Indonesian economy, as yesterday it was said that one of our ministers was detected positively infected with Covid-19.
Anticipatory steps have been taken and I am sure that ministers continue to work full time as usual, even today ministers are working harder even though some are done online to address health issues and overcome the economic impact of Covid-19.
Finally, I ask all Indonesians to remain calm, not panic, stay productive by raising awareness so that the spread of Covid-19 can be blocked and we can stop. With the current conditions it’s time for us to work from home, learn from home, praying at home, it’s time to work together to help each other and unite, work together.
We want this to become a community movement so that the Covid-19 issue can be handled optimally.
Dewi Nusantara is committed to doing everything possible to follow all recommendations to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. We take our responsibility to our guests and staff extremely seriously and have the following precautionary measures in place:
Below the list of precautions and regulations PT Dewi Nusantara has in place:
Stay up to date:
Check the World Health Organisation’s latest updates, travel advice and FAQ’s on Corona Virus here: WHO Website
You may also want to check the CDC website and Travel FAQ’s here: CDC Website
Indonesia is NOT listed as a country to which travel is not advised. The countries to which travel is not advised are currently: China, Iran, Mongolia, South Korea, and Italy.
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