Corona Virus Update #70 June 28, 2021
|Cumulative number of reported cases: 2,135,998 (as of June 28)
Rupiah to US: 14,472
Reserves (US$ Billions): $136.398 (May 31)
Overview– Daily Cases Doubled in a Week
Indonesia’s daily coronavirus cases doubled in only one week, climbing to 21,095 on Saturday, June 26, the highest level since the COVID outbreak began in March 2020 and is the highest single-day case number recorded anywhere in the world since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.
Rapid growth hit Jakarta and most other provinces except for East Java. Hong Kong has banned flights from Indonesia along those from UK, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and South.
Some hospitals have been overwhelmed with COVID cases and have set up temporary wards under tents. Jakarta’s 7,000-bed Wisma Atlet Emergency Covid Hospital is full and authorities have placed more than 250 isolation cases in an annex that is not fully completed. Jakarta residents have been asked to donate supplies.
President Jokowi is maintaining that the current system of neighborhood “lockdowns” in areas designated as red zones is sufficient to contain the current outbreak. Some Indonesian epidemiologists differ and believe more regional mobility restrictions are necessary.
Indonesia is now banning travelers from India and Pakistan or who have traveled there. Check your airline regarding their route and landing policy.
Bali is now requiring negative PCR tests for all domestic travelers.
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 but should new cases spike, especially those involving the Indian variant, Indonesia could lengthen them to 14 days. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
US-Indonesia Collaborate on Maritime Center: Indonesia and the United States have broken ground on a new $3.5 million maritime training center in the strategic area of Batam, in the Riau Islands, Indonesia’s maritime security agency said. Attending the ceremony virtually on Friday, the US ambassador to Indonesia, Sung Kim, said the maritime center would be part of ongoing efforts between the two countries to bolster security in the region. “As a friend and partner to Indonesia, the United States remains committed to supporting Indonesia’s important role in maintaining regional peace and security by fighting domestic and trans-national crimes,” he said, according to a statement from Bakamla, Indonesia’s maritime security agency. The training centre, located at the strategic meeting point of the Malacca Strait and the South China Sea, will be run by Bakamla and houses classrooms, barracks and a launch pad, the agency said.
(sources: International and Indonesia news media, Bali Update (from balidiscovery.com), Reformasi Weekly, US Embassy website)