The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has put the Indonesian tourism industry on high alert as border closures are returning around the world. Indonesia it will ban travelers who have been to eight African countries and extend quarantine times for all arrivals to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant. The ban extends to people who have been to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini or Nigeria in the past 14 days.
Anyone arriving in Indonesia must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine (effective December 3, 2021) at facilities designated by the Government of Indonesia
Indonesian citizens entering Indonesia from the listed African countries and Hong Kong must be quarantined for 14 days. All other travelers entering the country are now required to quarantine for seven days instead of three days. Adult travellers, with limited exceptions, must be vaccinated. Consult the details HereEffective July 6, 2021, the Indonesian government has required all exempt international travelers to present their digital or paper-based COVID-19 vaccination certificate upon check-in and upon arrival in Indonesia.
The Indonesian government recognizes the following vaccinations, including but not limited to two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, AstraZeneca or Sinopharm and a single dose of Johnson & Johnson. To enter Indonesia, all travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test from a sample collected within 72 hours of initial departure. Visitors must bring international health insurance with a minimum coverage of USD $100,000, including but not limited to COVID-19 related treatment and hospitalization in Indonesia.
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Indonesia is prioritizing COVID-19 control over tourism as the country prepares to host the Group of 20 nations and other international meetings in 2022.
“The G-20 summit will attract nearly 7,000 delegates to Bali,” said Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy. “We don’t want to risk this event by rushing to lift the quarantine rules. It’s not a competition to open faster or sooner – it’s the handling of the COVID situation that has priority in Indonesia.”
The pandemic has hit the Indonesian tourism sector hardest. One said the government was watching omicron develop very closely to make sure that the country’s domestic travel market avoids any downturn caused by the new variant. Government ministers are cautious after the summer peak when delta variant cases surged and hampered recovery across the broader economy.
Indonesia welcomed 16 million foreign visitors in 2019 before the pandemic, but last year they dropped to just 4 million due to travel restrictions brought on by COVID-19. That crisis continued into 2021, with just 1.1 million foreign visitors entering in the nine months ending September, down 67% from the same period a year earlier. Despite Bali reopening to foreign tourists in mid-October, few foreign visitors have reached the popular island, as there are no direct international flights.
“We ask people in the industry to be patient. We need to make sure that when we reopen and resume international travel we will be ready,” the minister said. “We want to make sure that reopening Bali minimizes the risks for everyone.”
Due to the uncertainty about the coronavirus situation, Indonesia expects only 1.8 million to 3.6 million foreign visitors next year. Even in 2024, when many hope the world will be back to normal, the tourism target has been revised down to about half of pre-pandemic numbers. In the post-pandemic era, Indonesia will make its tourism sector greener and more sustainable. We are moving from a quantitative basis to a qualitative basis, where trips will be personalised, personalized, localized and scaled down.
“We aspire to be a competitive player in sustainable tourism and ecotourism. We believe that Bali will continue to be an important international tourist destination. New and renewable energies, for example, will be introduced in all tourist destinations, with carbon offsetting activities,” said the minister. “Tourists will be offered activities, such as the obligation to plant mangroves.”
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