Corona Virus Update #65 May 24, 2021
Cumulative number of reported cases 1,781,127 (as of May 24)
Fatality Rate: 3%
Rupiah to US: 14,362
Jakarta Stock Exchange Index: 5763
Reserves (US$ Billions): $138.799 (April 30)
Overview- Quarantine Period Could Lengthen
AICC has been shown a draft of a Ministry of Health recommendation that the 5 day quarantine period for foreign visitors be extended to 14 day in recognition of newly emerging COVID variants. The US is among the countries that the new policy will apply to. Although nothing has yet been officially released, sources say the government is waiting to see what happens when the mudik period (fasting month exodus and return) has ended. If there is a surge in new cases, these would appear in early June.
Case detections since May 13 have been rising. May 24 saw 5280 new cases.
Indonesia is now banning travelers from India and Pakistan or who have traveled there. Check your airline regarding their route and landing policy.
Indonesia has not yet opened access for visa-on-arrival and visa-free during the COVID-19 pandemic, except for foreigners with essential purposes such as businesses, works, or humanitarian reasons. Visit Indonesian Immigration (https://www.imigrasi.go.id) and the Indonesian Embassy (https://kemlu.go.id/washington/en) for updated visa and entry requirements as regulations may change frequently.
Port of entry for international flights remains Jakarta for most flights.
AICC Member, PT Cekindo can help secure business visas.
The current situation is that you need to have a local sponsor to obtain a visa and you have to undergo a 5-night quarantine. The local sponsor applies directly to Indonesia’s immigration department. Jakarta is currently the only port of entry; you fly to other regions (i.e. Bali) from there.
AICC member PT Cekindo is currently arranged business visas if you do not have a local sponsor. Contact: Vincent Cellier email@example.com
US Embassy Protest: More than a thousand Muslims rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia’s capital on May 21 to denounce American support for Israel and demand an end to Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
The head of the KPK (Anti-Corruption Commission) Firli Bahuri, may be at loggerheads with President Jokowi over the fate of 75 KPK employees (including many who are the organization’s best corruption fighters such as Novel Baswedan) who failed a civil service test. Although the President has called for keeping them active, Bahuri apparently has reassigned their duties to others. Although theoretically other state institutions such as the Attorney General’s office can prosecute corruption cases, the KPK was created with a greater degree of independence due to law enforcement problems within the police.
(sources: International and Indonesia news media, Bali Update (from balidiscovery.com), Reformasi Weekly, US Embassy website)