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Update 19 May 2020  16.45

INFORMATION ON AVIATION OPERATING POLICIES RELATED TO COVID-19
Last updated on 18 May 2020 at 09.00 (Jakarta GMT + 7 time)

Garuda Indonesia has been carrying out a number of anticipatory steps in following the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, which naturally emphasizes the safety and comfort aspects of flights to both passengers and crew.

Requirements for passengers with flights from and to PSBB region/red zone Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia fully supports government policy through regulation of the Minister of Transportation No. 25 year 2020 concerning transport control during Eid al-Fitr 1441 H in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Refer to SE No 4 year 2020 TASK FORCE ACCELERATION HANDLING of COVID-19, regarding the criteria of restriction of persons travel out or enter the country boundary area and/or administrative area boundary by private vehicle or public transportation means (land, railway, crossing, Sea, and air) throughout Indonesia and refers to the circular letter of the Minister of Health number HK. 02.01/MENKES/313/2020 on the Health protocol handling of Homecoming WNI and FOREIGNERS from abroad at the entrance of the country and in the region in the situation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). Here are the details of documents that need to be completed by each Garuda Indonesia passengers who will carry out the trip:

1.Travel support letter from institution or related institution
Each passenger must include a travel certificate from the Agency (Government/private) as endorser whose contents explain that the prospective passengers travel is not for homecoming purposes according to the category of passengers who are allowed to travel as follows:

2.Travel Statement letter in order to control the Covid-19 in Indonesia

3.Each passenger who meets the criteria in the category in point number 1 above, must download and fill in the form provided here

4. Personal identification (KTP or other valid identification)

Full information can be viewed here 


Update 16 May 2020 12:00

Press Release: Kemenparekraf Will Apply the CHS Program in Destinations, Bali Becomes a Pilot Project
Friday, May 15, 2020  PRESS CONFERENCE

MINISTRY OF CREATIVE TOURISM AND ECONOMIC / CREATIVE TOURISM AND ECONOMIC AGENCY

Kemenparekraf Will Apply the CHS Program in Destinations, Bali Becomes a Pilot Project

Jakarta, 15 May 2020 - The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will implement the CHS (Cleanliness, Health, and Safety) program in every destination and other locations related to tourism and the creative economy as a strategy to accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector and the creative economy after the COVID-19 epidemic.

Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / Tourism and Creative Economy Agency Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani during a meeting with Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, Thursday (05/14/2020), said, currently Kemenparekraf is preparing recovery steps between others develop SOPs that refer to health, hygiene and safety standards. Details of the recovery program will be discussed and communicated to all tourism and creative economy stakeholders.

"Kemenparekraf is cooperating with the Ministry of Health and related institutions in conducting surveys, verifying the implementation of CHS SOPs properly and correctly in accordance with established standards," said Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani.

As the main destination for Indonesian tourism, Bali is set to become a pilot project in the implementation of the CHS program to later be implemented in other regions in Indonesia.

He said it was inevitable because the COVID-19 pandemic had made new human behavior (new normal). Where people are far more concerned with factors of cleanliness, health, and safety, including for tourism destinations.

Because it is fitting to do adjustments so that after the tourism epidemic becomes a sector that can recover quickly. As President Joko Widodo predicted, the tourism sector will boom after the outbreak ends.

"The CHS movement aims to increase tourist confidence in Indonesia's tourism destinations and industry after COVID-19 so as to encourage increased tourist movements and visits in Indonesia, which in the initial stages will certainly be dominated by domestic tourists," said Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani at the Bali Governor's office .

Also present at the occasion was the Chief Inspector - Baparekraf Restog Krisna Kusma, Deputy of Marketing for the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Nia Niscaya, Deputy for Tourism Products and Implementation of Events (Event) Kemenparekraf Rizki Handayani, Deputy for Development of Infrastructure and Destinations of Kemenparekraf Hari Santosa Ungkari, Special Staff for Security in the Kemenparekraf Adi Deriyan Jayamarta, Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office Putu Astawa, Head of the Bali Provincial Health Service Ketut Suarjaya, also Professor of Tourism in Bali's Udayana University, I Gde Pitana.

In general, Giri explained, the concept of CHS refers to the health protocol issued by the Ministry of Health and the concept of sustainable tourism development and specifically implements Sapta Pesona which is the soul of Indonesian tourism. Separately it can be said that the concept of Cleanliness refers to the state of being free of impurities, including dust, garbage and odors. Apart from that cleanliness also means a lot from viruses, pathogenic bacteria, and harmful chemicals.

While Health (health) is a service that implements health rules or regulations on humans and the environment through prevention, care, monitoring and control activities. In addition, it also plays a role by promoting the improvement of environmental parameters and encouraging the use of environmentally friendly and healthy technologies and behaviors.

While Safety (safety) has included the safety factor is a condition free from risks, hazards, pollution, threats, disruptions that are permanent and non-permanent, physical and non-physical in a certain place and time to manage, protect and increase the vigilance of the community, visitors and environmental quality .

And no less important is zero waste management where the destination manager must have a strategy and implement good waste management policies.

"It needs to be tested from the application of the CHS SOP, which will later become a guide for local governments, tourism destination managers and tourism business managers, as well as tourism stakeholders and other creative economies," said Giri.

"Afterwards, CHS verification, audit and certification will be carried out by involving certification bodies," said Giri.

"In this way, it is expected that a clean, healthy and safe destination and tourism industry can be realized so that it does not pose a health risk to tourists, managers and the community," said Giri.

For the initial stage, this program will try to be implemented in Bali. Because apart from being a major magnet for tourists, both the archipelago and abroad, Bali is also one of the provinces in Indonesia with a controlled distribution of COVID-29 and a very good handling of COVID-19. Although Bali is a tourism center with many tourists visiting, Bali is not an area that is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. Until now there are 332 positive cases of Corona in Bali, 220 people recovered and 4 people died.

"The application will also be carried out in stages, for the first planned in the Nusa Dua area of ​​Bali," said Giri.

"Kementerian Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif / Badan Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif,
Republik Indonesia
Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / Tourism and Creative Economy Agency,
Republic of Indonesia


Update 14 May 2020  20:45
 

Bali Tourism Plans Opened in October 2020

Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace) held a Coordination Meeting on the Recovery of Tourism in Bali in the Praja Sabha meeting room, Bali Governor's Office, Denpasar, Thursday (5/14) afternoon. The meeting was scheduled for the formulation and synergy of a joint strategy to restore national tourism, especially Bali.

The Ministry of Tourism, led by the Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / Main Secretary of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, stated that the pandemic Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) had a significant impact on all aspects of the economy, including tourism. .

"Specifically for the province of Bali, the impact is felt and influential considering that Bali is a major tourism destination. "For that reason, it is necessary to take immediate and prompt steps to restore all affected tourism destinations," he said.

For this reason, the Ministry of Tourism has formulated the CHS (Cleanliness, Health, Safety) program as a tourism tagline after the Covid-19 pandemic. "When we enter a new normal world, all new habits that were not considered normal now are normal. For this reason, the implementation of CHS is very appropriate now, "he explained.

Cleanliness includes the cleanliness of attractions and entrances, health or health in the form of checking the health of tourists and safety or security that includes the security of tourists and the people of Bali.

Bali was made a pilot project considering the province was the best in suppressing and overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic. At present Bali is the best province in suppressing deaths from the virus, which is equal to 1.2%, and a high cure rate. Bali can also reduce the local transmission rate compared to other provinces in Indonesia, whereas Bali as a world tourism area which until last March was still visited by various foreign tourists.
The success of Bali as a province that is able to control the virus and has gained appreciation by the national Task Force can also be used as a selling point for Indonesian tourism, especially Bali.

The various strategies that need to be considered for this program are: health protocols developed by the Department of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Bali region readiness such as entry points and tourist sites and destinations.
He also added that the Covid-19 curve is now flat and he hopes to decline quickly. If this positive trend continues, the Ministry of Tourism has made a program divided into two periods, namely June-October called gaining confidence which includes the preparation and revitalization of destinations, planning promotional programs and assistance to tourism actors. Starting in October 2020, it is called appealing, namely the gradual opening of tourism destinations by following strict health protocols, promotions, organizing events and the MICE Roadshow and Media Campaign. So that in 2021 Indonesian tourism is expected to be back to normal.

The provinces that are prioritized for this program are Bali, Yogya and the Riau Islands. After succeeding it will be continued with other provinces.

Deputy Governor Cok Ace really appreciated the Ministry of Tourism program, especially since Bali was a priority in being with 3 other provinces. He also agreed to raise the success of Bali in handling Covid-19 as one of tourism promotion, seeing the development of cases to date the highest cure rate of 65% in Indonesia with the lowest mortality rate of 1.2% in Indonesia. "This can convince tourists to come to Bali," he said.
However, he hopes the opening of tourism in Bali is not done simultaneously, it can be started from Nusa Dua first. 
 


Update 8 May 2020  23:00

Indonesian Ministry of Health  issues Circular  

- Indonesian and foreign nationals seeking to enter Indonesia need to obtain a health certificate from the country of origin and undergo a COVID-19 rapid test, or a laboratory-based test, according to the Health Ministry.

As per a circular issued by the Health Minister (Nomor HK.02.01/Menkes/313/2020), all citizens, including Indonesian and foreign nationals, arriving at each entry point need to follow quarantine procedures and undergo additional medical checks.

The medical checks include interviews, body temperature checks, COVID-19 symptoms test, saturation oxygen test, rapid test, or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

In addition, upon arriving at the entry point, both Indonesian and foreign nationals are required to adhere to the protocols for COVID-19 prevention and control, including keeping a safe distance of at least two meters from other people, wearing masks, and leading clean and healthy lifestyles.

Meanwhile, Indonesian citizens returning from abroad need to carry medical certificates in English, which would be valid for seven days from the date of issue. The medical certificates will be validated by doctors at the Port Health Office at ports, airports, and border check points.

If a health certificate confirms its holder has tested negative for COVID-19 based on a PCR test, he/she will only be subjected to medical tests to check for symptoms or risk factors for the novel coronavirus disease.

The health official will issue a health alert card (HAC) to individuals concerned or monitored.

Indonesians citizens would be allowed to continue their journey to their final destinations after obtaining a health alert card. Indonesians returning from abroad are required to self-isolate for 14 days at their homes and submit the health card issued by the health office to chiefs of neighborhood associations and the chief of community units.

The certificate will be conveyed to the public health service center, which will monitor their health.


Update 29 April 2020  22:00

What you should know if you have or need to travel by air

While the risk of catching an infection on an aircraft is typically lower than in a shopping center or an office environment, there are simple measures you can take to further reduce the risk of illness if you are traveling. These include practicing hand hygiene by washing them regularly with soap or an alcohol-based sanitizer, and not touching your face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth.

While you must not travel when you are ill, should you experience symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness during or after a trip, seek medical attention and share your travel history with your health care provider. Most governments also provide clear instructions.

Air travel restrictions

Please refer to the IATA Travel Centre updates on travel restrictions.

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

 


Update 24 April 2020 18:00

Bali Hotels Association has been working hard trying to get the best and most accurate information. This represents our best understanding of the current situation in Bali. 
This information is available for our Member Hotels, travel and media partners as well as the public. 
We believe international flights are not included in the new travel restrictions regulation based on the latest information from the officials. 

Many domestic flights though are now banned. While our best understanding is that foreign nationals could potentially legally travel internally for the purposes of onward travel out of Indonesia, in practice there may be little provision or availability to do so from tomorrow. 

The Indonesian Government's announcement that all commercial passenger traffic by air, sea and rail will be STOPPED from 24 April until 01 June, does not seem to  include some International flights which are still authorized to operate under this policy and travelers with existing itineraries should reconfirm their departure details with the relevant airline. 

If you are looking for current data for Bali and Indonesia these can be found on the following sites.
http://covid19.bnpb.go.id/ 
https://pendataan.baliprov.go.id/ 
https://infeksiemerging.kemkes.go.id/ 
https://www.balihotelsassociation.com/covid-19/

The Bali Governor, Wayan Koster,  reported yesterday that hospital and quarantine capacities were still adequate. Individuals who test positive to the rapid test enter isolation rooms in Covid-19 referral hospitals until their positive status is confirmed with the PCR test, and the Task Force is working with hospitals to increase the number of these rooms. At the two largest hospitals, Udayana has prepared 97 beds, and Sanglah is adding an additional 18 beds to the current number.
 


Update 21 April 2020  15:00

Bali Hotels Association is a professional association of star-rated hotels and resorts in Bali. Members include general managers from more than 157 hotels and resorts, representing 27,148  hotel rooms and 35,849 employees in the Bali hotel sector. Each of our members have plans in place to ensure support of the staff through various initiatives.  As well as making recommendations to the various Government bodies which results in support of the wider tourism community. Each tourism sector in Bali have associations and all are trying to do their best during these difficult times.
 


Update 18 April 2020 23:00

Food Drive for Medical Personnel
BHA would like to show gratitude and support towards all medical personnel who have been working extremely hard during this situation. 
Bali Hotels Association is also in the process of donating 

Masks for our community, hotels are ensuring all staff and their families, as well as people in community have access to masks. 

Data collected from our member hotels also show that many hotels continue to try their best to manage and support the situation in relation to their staff. 


 

Update 10 April 2020  13:00 

Bali has officially mandated that everyone must wear a mask when outside their home. 
This applies to all Residents and Visitors. 


Update 1 April 2020  9:30 

Indonesia is to ban all foreign ­arrivals and transit passengers through the country, including Bali. 

The decision follows similar moves by countries across Southeast Asia, although Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said foreigners with residency or diplomatic visas would be exempted from the ban.

“The President has decided the existing policy needed to be strengthened,” Ms Retno said, adding that the government would tighten screening procedures for Indonesian nationals returning in their thousands from neighbouring countries such as Malaysia.

Full release available here


Update 30th March 2020  10:45

Bali Governor Wayan Koster has taken a number of steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 transmission, one of which is through calls for people to stay at home and restrict or postpone trips to and from Bali.

These are the summary of the main points in the announcement with Bali Governor Wayan Koster on National TVRI on Saturday (3/28/2020)

 2. Regarding the restrictions on the entry of foreign tourists through airport closures, this step has not been taken.  But he added that a number of countries had indeed taken the policy of closing the airport so that automatically there would be no flights to Indonesia or Bali from these countries.  To close an airport or port, of course we must follow the directions and policies of the central government.  If it is closed to all accesses, I think it is a lockdown policy whose authority is in the central government.  We do not do that, because it is not an authority (us, red).  What we do is restricting residents out of their homes or participating in activities that are attended by many people.

 3. With regard to the readiness of the hospital for handling COVID-19 patients, in Bali the cumulative number of PDPs is now as many as 130 people.  Of these 87 negative COVID-19 as many as 87 people have gone out, returned home declared healthy.  There were 9 positive COVID-19 patients, 4 foreigners, 5 citizens.  There are still 38 people being treated in hospitals, both in Sanglah and 10 government hospitals spread across districts/cities.  We still have adequate isolation space available in case there are additional positive patients.

 4. In line with that, hearing input from various parties, we have prepared the PTN Udayana Hospital as an isolation center for COVID-19 patients, as well as a prevention center.  The PTN Udayana Hospital, which will be functioning on April 7, is still in preparation.  If it is ready, then we will stop other regional hospitals that are currently treating COVID-19 patients, so that their spread can be localized, not spread to various regions.  Thus the management of COVID-19 in Bali is localized which is only centered at the Udayana PTN Hospital.

 5. In connection with the facilities needed regarding the handling of COVID-19, we have received assistance from the central government in the form of PPE, which is 4000 units, shipment of 3,800 units of rapid test kits.  That is only phase 1, will be sent again at the next stage.  We have distributed these tools directly through the Task Force to the referral hospital that is handling COVID-19.

 6. Rapid tests began yesterday, prioritizing medical staff serving in the referral hospital to ensure that these medical personnel are truly healthy.  We also prioritize Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) returning from various countries.  The quarantined PMI had undergone a rapid test, the results were negative and they were given a health certificate and were allowed to return to their respective homes to further carry out independent isolation.

 7. Rapid test results come out within 15 minutes so it does not take long to find out the results.  According to information from doctors, the accuracy rate is 99 percent.

 8. Regarding the closure of tourist destinations, we have written to regents / mayors in Bali on March 23 this year to close wista objects in their respective regions.  The regent / mayor has followed the policy that I have given so that now all major tourist destinations have been closed.

 9. The Ministry of Health has allowed Sanglah Hospital to do a Swab test.  We have prepared facilities for this, such as medical staff so that starting on March 26, Sanglah Hospital has conducted a Swab test for PDP COVID-19.  Thus, the results of the examination can be known more quickly.  So far it has been sent first to Jakarta and Surabaya.  Results are long because of queuing.  Now do it independently at Sanglah.

 10. Regarding PMI's return, we received information from the Embassy that they would return.  We anticipate, coordinating with travel airlines, sending agents to the LN then checking the departure schedule to Bali.  Arriving at Ngurah Rai Airport, according to the procedure must go through a special lane, show a healthy certificate.  If you show a healthy certificate and do not come from an infected country, you are allowed to go home.  If you come from an infected country, you must be quarantined, examined, if the result is healthy or negative, then you can go home, if you are sick, be isolated in the hospital.  So far, most of the thousands who have returned, only 41 have been quarantined, none have been positive, all are negative and may return.  Tonight there is still something to come.

 11. Regarding the possibility of Bali implementing a local lockdown, as adopted by a number of regions, we are waiting for direction and policy from the central government because it is in accordance with the direction of the President's policy.  But we, even though we have not yet implemented a total lock down, have maximally limited the movement of residents out of the house, with appeals to work at home, study at home and outside restrictions except for needs that are truly urgent or because they have special interests.  It is forbidden to visit crowded places, entertainment centers in districts / cities.  We ask to postpone the plan to go outside Bali.  Control the citizens out so that the risk of spread can be controlled and limited.

 12. Are there sanctions for residents who are still gathered?  We have issued an appeal for customary and religious activities to be followed by a maximum of 25 people, if we are more tasked with traditional villages and pecalang to limit.  On March 26, assisted by the police, the disciplinary community did not leave the house.  Until now residents who go outside the house are very rare.  The streets in all parts of Bali are quiet, so are the deserted supermarkets, quiet restaurants, the appeals that we provide are going well.  This is all thanks to the support of Mr. Pangdam, the Regional Police Chief and other parties, especially regents / mayors throughout Bali and traditional villages who are carrying out their duties properly so that the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in the Province of Bali runs well and effectively.

Video link and summary available on this link. 

https://infocorona.baliprov.go.id/2020/03/28/wawancara-gubernur-bali-dengan-tvri-nasional-sabtu-28-maret-2020/

 


Update 22nd March 2020  13:35

As more countries close their borders or introduce travel restrictions, overseas travel is becoming more complex and difficult.

Contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to discuss your travel plans and options for cancelling or postponing current bookings, or to arrange commercial flights.

Singapore has announced that some very important changes will be taking place Singapore will bar entry and transit to all short-term visitors starting from 11:59 p.m. on Monday, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Full Information go to MOH site here

Please refer to the section on this site with COVID-19 useful Official links  view more

 


Update 17th March 2020  18:50

For any visitors to Indonesia please note that the Indonesian Governement has advised that starting this Friday 20th March, foreign visitors from all countries, will not be able to get the  Visa Free Arrival and Visa on Arrival as they are suspended for one month. Therefore, every foreigner who will visit Indonesia is required to have a Visa from an Indonesian Representative in accordance with the purpose of the visit. When applying for a visa, you must attach a health certificate issued by the health authority in each country. 

Also, travelers who within the last 14 days visited the countries below are not permitted to enter / transit Indonesia - Iran; Italy ; Vatican; Spain; France; Germany; Switzerland; the UK.

* ADDITIONAL INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT POLICY *
* RELATED TO PEOPLE'S PASSAGE FROM AND TO INDONESIA *

1. The government continues to pay close attention to reports from WHO regarding the development of the spread of COVID-19.

2. Bearing in mind that more and more countries have been infected with COVID-19, the Government strongly urges Indonesian citizens to limit their travel abroad except for urgent matters which cannot be postponed.

3. For Indonesian citizens who are currently traveling abroad, they are expected to return to Indonesia immediately before experiencing further flight difficulties.

4. A number of countries currently have policies to restrict traffic. Therefore, all Indonesian citizens are requested to keep a close watch on information in the safe-travel application or contact the nearest RI representative hotline.

5. Regarding foreign visitors from all countries, the Government of Indonesia has decided that the Visa Free Arrival (BVK), Visa on Arrival and Free Diplomatic / Service Visa policies are suspended for 1 month.

6. Therefore, every foreigner who will visit Indonesia is required to have a visa from an Indonesian representative in accordance with the purpose and purpose of the visit. When applying for a visa, you must attach a health certificate issued by the health authority in each country.

7. In addition to the above, there are special policies that concern the following countries:

8. First, the policy towards China is still valid according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs statement on 2 February ( https://kemlu.go.id/.../pernyataan-pers-kemlu-tentang-update-... ) and Permenkumham number 7 2020 ( https: //www.imigration.go.id/.../14-15-07-PERMENKUMHAM_NOMOR_7_… )

9. Second, the policy towards South Korea for Daegu City and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province is still in accordance with the Foreign Minister's statement dated March 5, 2020. https://kemlu.go.id/.../indonesian-government-policy-on-the-d…

10. Third, migrants / travelers who within the past 14 days visited the countries below are not permitted to enter / transit to Indonesia. These countries are:

a. Iran;
b. Italy;
c. Vatican;
d. Spanish;
e. France;
f. German;
g. Switzerland;
h. United Kingdom 

11. Fourth, all arrivals / travelers must fill out and submit a Health Alert Card to the Port Health Office prior to arrival at the entrance of the Indonesian International Airport.

12. If the travel history shows that in the last 14 days the person concerned has visited these countries, then the person concerned may be refused entry to Indonesia.

13. Fifth, for Indonesian citizens who visit the aforementioned countries, an additional inspection will be carried out by the Port Health Office upon arrival in the homeland:

a. If additional investigations find the initial symptoms of Covid-19, there will be an observation at a government facility for 14 days;

b. If no initial symptoms are found then it is strongly recommended that the person perform an independent quarantine for 14 days.

14. Extension of residence permit for foreigners / travelers who currently reside in Indonesia and has expired, then the arrangement is carried out in accordance with Permenkumham No. 7 in 2020.

15. For KITAS / KITAP holders and holders of diplomatic / official residence permits currently residing abroad and their entry permits will expire, the arrangements are also in accordance with Permenkumham No. 7 in 2020.

16. This policy will take effect on Friday 20 March at 00.00 West Indonesia Time.

17. This policy is temporary and will be evaluated in accordance with developments.


Links
Video Announcement by Indonesian Foreign Minister
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=113&v=z0tB-Z0OmV8&feature=emb_logo


Update 15th March 2020  6:45

On Wednesday 11 March the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic. Bali Hotels Association continues to closely monitor the situation and following all instructions by the official authoirites.

Bali Hotels Association member hotels and resorts have established plans and processes in place for staff and visitors.   These plans are continuously reviewed and updated as further information about COVID-19 emerges.

We would like to remind visitors and members that what is true today may be different in a day, a week or a month, given the fluidity of how cities cope with the outbreak.

​We remind travelers to check with their respecitve Government guidelines for travel as well as with their airlines and agents regarding any changes to flights. 

The development of COVID-19 can be monitored through the WHO site.


Update 13th March 2020  17:40

In a follow up with the situation of a high risk visitor who passed away in Bali, official statements have now been issued by both hotels. 

The first resort took all the precautionary measures because the woman’s travel partner had stayed there, although the woman herself had never stayed at the resort. 

This resort decided to quarantine 54 hotel staff members after a thorough contact check by the Health authorities.

This is just a precaution because the visitors' travel partner was not identified as positive for COVID-19. The travel partner is currently healthy and in good condition.

There have been several inaccurate media publications. The resort’s management has notified all guests whose stay overlapped with the patient’s travel partner. As is standard protocol, all employees who had any interaction with the individual have been advised to self-quarantine at home. The resort is fully cooperating with the Ministry of Health and local health officials in Bali. 

Prior to notification of this case, the resort heightened their already stringent practices around food handling, as well as sanitization, disinfection and cleaning of guest rooms and public areas. Antibacterial hand sanitizers have been placed in areas across the property.  Temperature checks for all employees are also conducted.  The most up-to-date hygiene protocols and guidance are in place.

Bali Hotels Association are regularly reviewing the latest information, protocols and tools from the world’s leading health experts and government authorities to ensure the effectiveness of response by our members.

Sanglah hospital Director  Wayan Sudana, reported, the woman's partner is isolated at Sanglah Hospital , is in good condition and showing no symptoms. 

The health and safety of guests and employees are  Bali Hotels Association  Members top priority.

The second hotel has also issued a statement and is believed to also be following the recommendations by all health authorities.

Bali Hotels Association is saddened by the news of the visitors' passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.  Globally, WHO and Government Officials maintain that there is no need to avoid places where persons with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been. 

We advise members of the public to not speculate and/or spread unfounded rumors. Please visit only official sites for updates on the COVID-19 situation and click here for access to information from Bali Hotels Association.
 


Update 12th March 2020  8:30

Bali Hotels Association was made aware of a situation in regard to the death of a visitor to Bali who was suspected of having COVID-19.
Our thoughts are with the family and we understand that the family is being offered assistance by official authorities in Bali. This visitor was in the high-risk group before her arrival in Bali.
At this point, all facts are being checked. Officials are conducting contact tracing to identify individuals who had close contact with the visitor.
Globally WHO and Government Officials maintain that there is no need to avoid places where persons with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been. The risk of infection from transient contact, such as in public places, is low. There is also currently no evidence in Bali of community spread.
We advise members of the public to not speculate and/or spread unfounded rumors. Please visit only official sites, such as www.who.int for updates on the COVID-19 situation. You can also go to www.balihotelsassociation.com for access to the latest information in Bali.
All official information  on COVID-19 for Indonesia and Bali. 
The development of COVID-19 can be monitored through the WHO site.

Update 9th March 2020  23:30

There are currently nineteen reported cases of coronavirus in Indonesia. We continue to monitior the situation on behalf of our members, their staff and visitors including our travel industry partners. 


Update 7th March 2020  13:30

There are currently four reported cases of coronavirus in Indonesia in Jakarta, although Bali remains free of the virus.

In the Bali Cluster, contact tracing has been completed on the case of a 60 years old Japanese tourist positive for Covid-19 and was reported of having a vacation in Bali on 15-19 February. All outcomes revealed negative for Covid-19.  Eleven close contacts were suspected and we have collected specimens as well as carry out close monitoring

Many inaccurate reports about Bali not being able to test, it is not that is unable, but under instruction from the National Government that only its Jakarta-based Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes) be authorized to conduct throat swab tests and announce the result. Any suspected patients were isolated and the swabs and blood specimens done in Bali and sent to Jakarta-based Health Research and Development Agency under strict WHO standards. 

On March 4th 2020 The Indonesian Health Ministry assigned its regional labs to test people suspected of carrying the novel coronavirus amid concerns that it has not been proactive enough in detecting infected people to prevent its spread.

The ministry, which is spearheading the battle against the lethal virus, previously insisted that only its Jakarta-based Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes) be authorized to conduct throat swab tests and announce the result.

The policy change was made after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday that two Indonesians, known as Case 1 and Case 2, had been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“With the first confirmed cases, we need to be able to respond faster. The tests will no longer be done in Balitbangkes only,” said the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general secretary, Achmad Yurianto, who has been appointed as the spokesman for the handling of the virus outbreak.

The Bali provincial administration has  increased surveillance and prepared mitigation systems that applies World Health Organization standards.

The development of COVID-19 can be monitored through the WHO site.

More information at Indonesian Ministry of Health site   ( Indonesian Only) 

 


Update 5th March 2020  16:50

The Indonesian government has just announced that it has decided to ban tourists coming from some areas from Iran, Italy and South Korea from entering Indonesia from March 8th, 2020.   The Ban also applies for transit passengers from these countries. 

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the banned areas include Qom City, Tehran, and Gilan Province in Iran; the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, and Piedmont in Italy; and Daegu region and Gyeongsang Province. Residents in cities other than those mentioned above are still allowed to enter Indonesia but must have a healthy certificate.

The prohibition of entry and transit to Indonesia for migrants or travelers who in the last 14 days traveled in these areas," said Retno in a press conference at his office on Thursday (5/3).

Retno was quoted as saying “that all migrants and tourists from these three countries needed a health certificate issued by the health authorities in each country to be able to enter or transit in Indonesia. The health certificate must be valid and must be presented to the airline at check-in. Migrants are also required to fill out a health warning form prepared by the Indonesian Ministry of Health before landing in Indonesia. The card contained questions about travel history.

"Without a health certificate from the competent authority, the migrants and travelers will be refused entry or transit in Indonesia," Retno said.
Retno said that all Indonesian citizens traveling from the three countries would still be allowed to enter on condition that an additional medical check-up is performed at the arrival airport.
"This policy is temporary and adjusted according to developments," said Retno.

Latest Press Release from Department of Health Bali  [ 3 March 2020 ] Click here


Update 4 March 2020  18:35

"This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma. We are all in this together."
- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization

Bali Hotels Association could not agree more. The Bali Hotels Association Board, convened once again today to ensure our members continue to follow all WHO standards as well as maintain the necessary procedures for staff and guests within their hotels. We continue to share the message for those that continue to travel and do not want to change their plans, we will warmly welcome you.

Bali Hotels Association is working closely with the local Government Officials and all stakeholders. We continue to prepare recommendations on behalf of all members.
As many of our member hotels and their staff and familes face uncertain times.

Our website maintains all the relevant news and updates at without all the hype and misinformation.

​We remind travelers to check with their airlines and agents regarding any changes to flights. 

The development of COVID-19 can be monitored through the WHO site.


Update 2 March 2020  18:00

Ball continues to warmly welcome visitors to Bali as it maintains a high level of alert and awareness.

As reported widely in the press today Indonesia now has 2 cases of COVID-19 case in the country, marking the first confirmed cases.  The President of Indonesia was quoted as saying by the Kompas news site that the two Indonesians had made contact with a Japanese person, who visited the country and later tested positive in Malaysia. Both are located in Depok, just outside of the Indonesian capital and are being treated at Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital in Jakarta. The captial is located 1,201.61 km from Bali. 

Our member hotels continue to pay attention to all the expert advice in light of the COVID-19 situation and all hotel members have once again been reminded to  maintain all precautionary measures in place as recommended by WHO. The Bali Hotel Association also updated their recommended procedures for handling guests and staff who may present unwell in any of our member hotels in conjunction with the Bali Department of Health and WHO recommendations.

WHO have created a myth buster thread which we suggest travellers to Bali check. 
We have made the link available here

Travellers are recommended to check with their airlines and agents regarding any changes to flights. 

The development of COVID-19 can be monitored through this page and WHO site. 


Update 27 February 2020  10:30

Ball continues to main a high level of alert and awareness.  As of today Indonesia has yet to confirm a single COVID-19 case in the country. The latest developments regarding COVID-19 can also be monitored through the WHO website

Our member hotels also continue to maintain to pay attention to all the expert advice in light of the COVID-19 situation.

Bali Hotels Association member hotels have stepped up and implemented precautionary measures. The Bali Hotel Association also updated their 
recommended procedures for handling guests and staff who may present unwell in any of our member hotels in conjunction with the Bali Department of Health and WHO recommendations.

WHO have created a myth buster thread which we suggest travellers to Bali check. 
We have made the link available here

Travellers are recommended to check with their airlines and agents regarding any changes to flights. 


Update 18 February 2020  08:55

As flights and visitors continue to arrive in Bali, Government officials and various departments continue to maintain a very alert according to WHO’s standards.  As of today Indonesia has yet to confirm a single COVID-19 case in the country. 

Since 5th  February, Indonesian authorities have temporarily denied entry and transit to foreign nationals who have been in mainland China during the last 14 days due to the coronavirus outbreak. Indonesia has stopped direct flights to and from mainland China from that date until further notice. Check arrangements with your airline or transport provider and follow the advice of local authorities.

Australia as well as many other countries haven't changed their advice level. Tourism authorities in Bali understand that some people may have a fear to get on an aircraft and travel to any destination currently. 

The development of COVID-19 can be monitored through this page and WHO site. 


Update 14 February 2020  10:30

Australian Media report  have widely reported the following:
Don't cancel Bali plans: WA Health Minister

The West Australian Government says there is no reason for Australian tourists to avoid travelling to Bali, despite reports of the first case of coronavirus being linked to the popular holiday island.

Key points:
-The tourist from China reportedly tested positive on his return home
- It is unclear whether they were exposed in Indonesia or China
-WA authorities say people should not cancel travel to Bali at this stage

WA Health Minister Mr Cook said people should not cancel travel to Bali as a result of the development.  Communicable Disease Control director Paul Armstrong said there were no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Bali."Officially, Indonesia doesn't have any cases at all," Dr Armstrong said.
"Neighbouring countries of Indonesia of course have got several cases each but nothing alarming, nothing that would really elevate the risk of people travelling there."
Dr Armstrong said Australia had offered support to Indonesia for increased testing if required.

Mr Cook stated that at the moment DFAT [the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] has the same travel advisory for Bali, so people shouldn't be alarmed.

"We are simply providing this information in the interests of transparency to make sure that we continue to provide people with the most up-to-date information as possible."

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It is business as usual for our member hotels as they continue to maintain a high level of attention to all the expert advice in light of the COVID-19 situation in China.

Bali Hotels Association member hotels have stepped up and implemented precautionary measures. The Bali Hotel Association also updated their 
recommended procedures for handling guests and staff who may present unwell in any of our member hotels in conjunction with the Bali Department of Health and WHO recommendations.

WHO have created a myth buster thread which we suggest travellers to Bali check. 
We have made the link available here

 


Update 13 February 2020  23:15

The Department of Health Bali Head Mr Ketut Suarajaya responds about the recent news on the Chinese resident who returned home to Bali.  

In a press release by the Department of Health Bali a report has been given on the follow up after news of a Chinese citizen returned back to China after visiting Bali. 

Click here to download the press release

Just a reminder to make sure you check the following tips to make sure you don't get caught out at the airport.

It is business as usual for our member hotels as they continue to maintain a high level of attention to all the expert advice in light of the COVID-19 situation in China.

Bali Hotels Association member hotels have stepped up and implemented precautionary measures. The Bali Hotel Association also updated their 
recommended procedures for handling guests and staff who may present unwell in any of our member hotels in conjunction with the Bali Department of Health and WHO recommendations.

WHO have created a myth buster thread which we suggest travellers to Bali check. 
We have made the link available here


Update 13 February 2020  15:40 

WHO confident with Indonesia detection measures
The World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Indonesia  Dr. Navaratnasamy Paranietharan during a visit to University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Public Health (FKM UI)  was quoted as saying "that Indonesia is well-prepared to respond to cases of coronavirus. He also confirmed that there have yet been records of the coronavirus entering Indonesia." He also said that the Indonesian government’s preparation and prevention plans are commendable. 

During yesterdays event, he also strongly denies that there are doubts against Indonesia’s ability to detect coronaviruses. “This means that we believe and are confident with Indonesia’s medical capacity to handle the treatments and the detection of the virus.”

He said that Indonesia has had the capacity to detect the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV since January 14, 2020, via PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) which is genomic sequencing equipment. Using this, he claims results from lab tests on possible coronavirus cases can be obtained in two days. 

Indonesian authorities announced  early today they were retracing the movement of one Chinese tourist, who tested positive in China days after his return from a visit to Bali.

“We are coordinating with the immigration and the airlines,” Bali Health Agency Head Ketut Suarjaya said. “It is possible that this person did not contract the virus while in Bali because he only stayed in Bali for more or less six days and Bali is still virus-free as of now. He may have contracted it elsewhere,” 

“Indonesia is doing what is possible to be prepared for and defend against the COVID-19,” Paranietharan was quoted as saying. 

In a statement earlier this week, Indonesia’s health ministry said 62 of 64 specimens collected as of 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 were negative, while the remaining two were still being tested. Indonesia had just two cases of infection and zero fatalities during the SARS epidemic, according to WHO data.

“As WHO said, we have proper and adequate facilities to detect coronavirus according to WHO standards,” Vensya Sitohang, director of health surveillance and quarantine at the ministry, said Wednesday. “So questions surrounding Indonesia’s ability to detect virus are baseless.”

Check arrangements with your airline or transport provider and follow the advice of local authorities.

It is business as usual for our member hotels as they continue to maintain a high level of attention to all the expert advice in light of the COVID-19 situation in China.
Bali Hotels Association member hotels have stepped up and implemented precautionary measures. The Bali Hotel Association also updated their 
recommended procedures for handling guests and staff who may present unwell in any of our member hotels in conjunction with the Bali Department of Health and WHO recommendations.


Update 13 February 2020  10:00

There are many reports in the media today regarding a possible situation with a Chinese visitor who upon returning to China has been reported to have tested postive. 

The Bali Health Agency is investigating at this stage as it is not known yet if it is in fact accurate news and where exactly he was infected. The Bali Health Agency does know yet whether he was infected with the coronavirus before he went to Bali. There is a possibility that he got the virus when he returned to China. 

It is business as usual for our member hotels as they continue to maintain a high level of attention to all the expert advice in light of the COVID-19 situation in China.
Bali Hotels Association member hotels have stepped up and implemented precautionary measures. The Bali Hotel Association also updated their 
recommended procedures for handling guests and staff who may present unwell in any of our member hotels in conjunction with the Bali Department of Health and WHO recommendations.


Update 12 February 2020  11:00

Bali continues to monitor the situation with the  respiratory illness outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first reported in Wuhan, China. We update this alert on a regular basis with the latest medical advice and official reports from our sources. 

Flights continue to come into Bali from many destinations except Mainland China.

From 5 February, Indonesian authorities temporarily denied entry and transit to foreign nationals who have been in mainland China during the last 14 days due to the coronavirus outbreak. Indonesia will also stop direct flights to and from mainland China from that date until further notice.
Check arrangements with your airline or transport provider and follow the advice of local authorities.

It is business as usual for our member hotels as they continue to maintain a high level of attention to all the expert advice in light of the 2019-nCoV situation in China.
Bali Hotels Association member hotels have stepped up and implemented precautionary measures. The Bali Hotel Association also updated their 
recommended procedures for handling guests and staff who may present unwell in any of our member hotels in conjunction with the Bali Department of Health. 


Update 8 February 2020  23:30

Bali Hotels Association latest update on the situation in Bali related to the novel coronavius outbreak in China.

Currently many visitors from all over the world continue to enjoy their holiday in Bali. Bali Hotels Association provides ongoing factual information to its Hotel Members. 
We urge you to check the facts and not share news that is not accurate or verified. 

If you are booked to travel please check with your airline, agent and please visit the IATA Travel Centre or the relevant government websites for all countries you will be travelling through including your final destination.

These travel requirements are subject to change and we recommend you stay up to date with the latest changes.


Update 6 February 2020  10:30

Changes to the immigration regulations for a number of countries around the globe as a result of the coronavirus are updated on the  IATA Travel Centre
Many countries have implemented entry requirements for travelers who have visited or reside in Hubei province and/or mainland China.
If you are booked to travel please check with your airline, agent and please visit the 
IATA Travel Centre or the relevant government websites for all countries you will be travelling through including your final destination.

These travel requirements are subject to change and we recommend you stay up to date with the latest changes.


Update 5 February 2020 15:00 

For passengers traveling to mainland China who are affected by the suspension of flight operations, Angkasa Pura ( Bali Airport Authority)  have opened a helpdesk located on the 2nd Floor of the International Terminal. Officers from airlines, ground handling , are on stand by to help affected passengers.

More info here

Additional Contacts who may be able to assist with Mainland Chinese Guests who may be need of help while in Bali 

  1. Mei Lan : +62 811395867 (ASITA, Divisi Mandarin)
  2. David Kurniawan : +086 13811361511 (WeChat BTB)
  3. Ida Ayu Indah : +62 8123828963 (Dinas Pariwisata Provinsi Bali)
  4. Ketut Yadnya : +62 81239015631 (Dinas Pariwisata Provinsi Bali)
  5. Pering Muliawati : +62 81339103884 (Dinas Pariwisata Provinsi Bali)

All International travellers: are asked to practice usual precautions as the Flu (pre-novel coronavirus [2019] 

WHO have created a myth buster thread which we suggest travellers to Bali check. 
We have made the link available here

Visitors to Bali continue to enjoy the island and the people of Bali continue with their daily activiites


Update  3 February  2020  

Bali Hotels Association latest update on the situation in Bali related to the novel coronavius outbreak in China.

The Indonesian government decided on Sunday to close borders to all travelers from China, after Sunday’s successful evacuation of most of its citizens from Wuhan, the epicenter of novel coronavirus outbreak in China’s Hubei province.

The government would bar all direct flights from the mainland China from landing on Indonesian territories starting at 00:00 a.m. on Wednesday 5th February, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said in a press conference on Sunday.

Indonesia would also close its border to all travelers who have spent more than 14 days in the Mainland, Retno said. 

Bali's International Airport continues to maintain a strict vigilance based the WHO recommendations, Bali 's main hospital 
Sanglah Central General Hospital (RSUP) Denpasar is designated by the Bali Government departments to be deemed ready to take any visitors who display any flu like symptons after having been screened or deemed coming from any overseas infected area. 

All BHA Hotel Members have been advised to continue to follow the WHO recommendations and maintain the high level of awarness and hygiene. 

International travellers: are asked to practice usual precautions as the Flu (pre-novel coronavirus [2019] 

The WHO have created a myth buster thread which we suggest travellers to Bali check.  We have made the link available here

Visitors to Bali continue to enjoy the island and the people of Bali continue with their daily activiites. 

Any important updates will posted here and will also be available on our news page


Update  2 February   2020

Bali Hotels Association latest update on the situation in Bali related to the novel coronavius outbreak in China.

In light of the developing novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, a number of countries have announced they are closing their borders to foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through, China.  As of 2 February, Bali Hotels Association suggests that visitors with flights that transit in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) check directly with their airline or agent.

All BHA Hotel Members have been advised to continue to follow the WHO recommendations and maintain the high level of  awarness. 

Main point made by WHO declaring the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern would allow WHO to better coordinate the international response and hold nations to account if they overstep the organization's standards -- which may pertain to travel, trade, quarantine or screening.

International travellers: are asked to continue to practice the usual precautions as the Flu. 

Visitors to Bali continue to enjoy the island and the people of Bali continue with their daily activiites. 

Any important updates will posted here and will also be available on our news page


Update 31 January  2020

Bali Hotels Association latest update on the situation in Bali related to the novel coronavius outbreak in China.

The WHO declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern, as this would allow the WHO to better coordinate the international response and hold nations to account if they overstep the organization's standards -- which may pertain to travel, trade, quarantine or screening.

Visitors to Bali continue to enjoy the island and the people of Bali continue with their daily activiites. 

Any important updates will posted here and will also be available on our news page


Update 24 January 2020

Bali's Vice Governor issues a statement for Bali on novel coronavirus. All BHA hotel members have been briefed about the virus as well as detection and prevention measures and to take any precautions to ensure guests have a memorable, pleasant and healthy holiday on the island of the Gods.

Visitors to Bali continue to enjoy the island and the people of Bali continue with their daily activiites. 

Any important updates will posted here and will also be available on our news page


Update 23 January 2020 

I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport authorities in Denpasar, Bali had installed thermal scanners on two of the airport's international arrival gates to anticipate any coronavirus transmission that was suspected to be the cause of the pneumonia.

Visitors to Bali continue to enjoy the island and the people of Bali continue with their daily activiites. 

Any important updates will posted here and will also be available on our news page


Update 30 December2019 

Mt Agung volcano news & activity updates will continue to be present in the media.  Bali Hotels Association works very closely with all official agencies and stakeholder to ensure the correct information is provided for vistitors. 

Mt Agung is well behaved and there remains a 4 km exclusion zone around the crater. NO tourism or regular activity should be undertaken in this zone. 

Visitors to Bali continue to enjoy the island and the people of Bali continue with their daily activiites. 

Any important updates will posted here

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