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What to know if you’re trying to fly back to Australia from Bali Amid the Corona Virus Outbreak

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This is an additional Government Policy in Indonesia related to people crossing border from and to Indonesia:

  • The government continues to pay close attention to reports from WHO regarding the development of the spread of COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • For Indonesian citizens who are currently traveling abroad, they are expected to return to Indonesia immediately before experiencing further flight difficulties.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In addition to the above, there are special policies that concern the following countries:
    First, the policy towards China is still valid according to the statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 2 February (read here) and Permenkumham number 7 year 2020 read here.
    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 read here.
  • Third, migrants / travelers who within the past 14 days visited the countries below are not permitted to enter / transit to Indonesia. These countries are: Iran, Italy, Vatican, Spanish, France, German, Switzerland and England.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    If additional investigations find the initial symptoms of Covid-19, there will be an observation at a government facility for 14 days; If no initial symptoms are found, it is strongly recommended that the person perform an independent quarantine for 14 days.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This policy will take effect on Friday 20 March at 00.00 West Indonesia Time.
  • This policy is temporary and will be evaluated in accordance with developments.

On the other hand, anyone arriving in Australia from overseas will be forced to self-isolate for 14 days, while lockdown measures similar to those in place in European countries remain on the table.

Key Points (quoting from ABC Net Australia) are:
1. Those arriving in Australia from midnight will go into self-isolation.
2. International cruise ships won’t be allowed to dock for 30 days
3. “Social distancing” is still being encouraged, including no hand shakes

This means Australians who choose to still go on their holiday in Bali would be forced to spend a total of four weeks in quarantine.  On Friday Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged Australians to reconsider any non-essential travel amid coronavirus fears. 50K fines / 6 months jail time.

‘We now advise all Australians to reconsider your need to travel overseas at this time, regardless of your destination, age or health – if your travel is not essential, consider carefully whether now is the right time,’ he said. In specific cases where we have Australians on cruise ships then there will be some bespoke arrangements that will be put in place directly under the command of the Australian Border Force to ensure the relevant protections are put in place.

 

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