As concern regarding the new Coronavirus grows every day, travellers have been postponing their travel plans across the globe. A lot of this anxiety however is created from the lack of information or rather misinformation that is floating across the internet. With governments around the world taking active measures to control and contain the virus, your travel plans don’t necessarily have to be on hold. Here’s all that you need to know based on actual current facts.
Current situation in Indonesia
Almost a month after the first case reported by China, Indonesia remains one of the very few Asian countries to remain free of the fast-spreading illness. As of today, more than 1,900 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country. While this has brought relief to everyone, it also raises questions about what sets it apart from the six neighboring Southeast Asian countries as of today, and if Bali is safe for tourists. With millions of Chinese travelers visiting Indonesia annually, the local government is beefing up its measures by claiming to have learnt from its previous encounters with outbreaks including the 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak.
The ministry is also continuously working with local health agencies to monitor people who have traveled to countries affected by the virus. In the last few weeks, as many as 17 travelers who had traveled to China in the past 14 days have been denied entry into Indonesia.
Alongside this, Indonesia has imposed a complete travel ban on flights flying in and out of the country. However, stranded foreigners have been given a breather with the extension of their visas.
Indonesia travel advisory
Starting 5th February 2020, Indonesia had imposed a travel ban to and from China as an effort to prevent the virus from spreading into the country. Foreign minister Retno Marsudi in a televised news conference, said that Indonesia would immediately bar visitors who had been in China for 14 days.
As on 31 March, 2020, Indonesian government will put a temporary ban on foreign Nationals entering the country. A quarantine period has also been made mandatory for all returning citizens.
Know before you go
- Talk to your doctor before travelling, especially if you are travelling with children.
- Avoid all high-risk areas such as farms, live animal markets or surfaces with animal droppings and secretions on them.
- If you do come in contact with animals or animal products, avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes till you have properly sanitized yourself.
- Monitor your health closely and keep a distance from sick people especially if they have fever or breathing difficulties
- Follow the local advisories
- Check with your travel insurance company about how your specific policy covers the situation in case of an emergency
- Due to increased screening measures at airports and border crossings, keep sufficient lead time while travelling
- If you feel sick while travelling to or from Bali, Indonesia, contact the nearest embassy, consulate or your airline crew as a precaution and advise them of your travel history
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Please be assured that Flynote values and prioritises its customers’ safety over everything else. You can reach out to us for any concerns regarding your travel in the meanwhile.