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Quarantine Period Bali – Now down to 3 days

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Quarantine Period Bali now down to 3 days!

Quarantine Period BaliThe State News Agency Antara reports that the quarantine period for fully vaccinated (3 injections including booster) international travelers arriving in Bali has been reduced to three days.

The latest shortening in the quarantine period was announced on Monday, 14 February 2022, by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, who also serves as COVID Czar, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. Speaking at a press conference and quoted by Antara, Luhut said: “Starting next week, Indonesians and foreign nationals who have received their booster vaccine dose will have their quarantine period reduced to three days upon arrival.”

All travelers arriving internationally in Indonesia will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and again at the end of their 3-day quarantine. Providing the final test for COVID-19 is “negative,” the traveler is then free to resume their daily life.

The Indonesian government will “encourage” newly arrived travelers to submit to a third COVID-19 test on the fifth day after their arrival and share the results with public health authorities.

Further Quarantine Relaxation Ahead (Quarantine Period Bali)

Luhut signaled a further relaxation in quarantine requirements may be in the works, and the 3-day quarantine period could soon be available to all foreign arrivals starting from as early as 01 March 2022, depending on developments in the nationwide drive to control the spread of the virus. Adding: “If the domestic situation and vaccination coverage continues to improve, it is possible that we might no longer impose centralized quarantine for all overseas travelers by April 1, 2022, or sooner; yet this depends on the pandemic situation and progress on pandemic handling.”

To lessen the economic impact of COVID-19 lockdown requirements, the government has eased rules (PPKM Level 3) on public movements. Office capacity in Level 3 areas has been relaxed from 25% to 50%, allowing more people to return to their workplace instead of working from home. Similarly, maximum capacity levels at public places, attractions, and tourism centers are doubled from 25% to 50% of the normal capacity allowances.

Concluding, Pandjaitan said: “The government concludes that we still have sufficient spaces to impose a lighter COVID-19 circuit-breaker to prevent negative effects on the economy because our focus is to balance our health sector capability with economic recovery.”

 

Quarantine Period Bali – End Bali Quarantine

Quarantine Period BaliBali’s Governor said the arrival of Singapore Airlines Flight SQ 938 on Wednesday, 16 February 2022, carrying 109 foreign travelers and 47 Indonesians, made him very happy as it represents the reopening of Bali to international travel.

As reported by NusaBali.com, Governor Koster promised that he would fight for an end to the current mandatory 3-day quarantine period beginning from March 2022.

The Governor’s comments were part of a press statement issued at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, where Koster was on hand to witness the arrival of the Singapore Airlines flight.

In support of his desire to eliminate the current mandatory quarantine period by March, Governor Koster pointed to a continuing decline in new Omicron variant cases, a trend he hoped would continue over the coming two weeks. “I will work in the future so there will be no quarantine for tourists. The important point is that tourists coming to Bali must be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR swab test result. I think that is sufficient for us to comfortably and safely receive visits by foreign tourists,” he said. (Quarantine Period Bali)

Bali’s Governor went on to explain that 90% of those now testing “positive” for COVID-19 are without symptoms or only manifesting mild symptoms. Meanwhile, those with medium to severe symptoms and must be hospitalized amount to only 10% of those testing positive for COVID. Koster added that people with mild symptoms recover in less than five days. The Governor interprets this to mean that the risks posed by the Omicron variant can be controlled and is not particularly dangerous.

The Governor also underlined that percentage of the population vaccinated against COVID-19 in Bali is very high. Those receiving the first injection exceed the government’s target by 105%. The achieved target for the second injection in Bali has now hit 94%. Among the elderly, the vaccination coverage is climbing. Older people living in Bali have been vaccinated, with 84% of the target already injected with the first dosage, and 74% for the second injection. Among children 6-11 years of age, 105% of the targeted number for the first injection has been achieved, with more than 90% receiving the second dosage. (Bali Quarantine Period)

“So, from the standpoint of vaccination, Bali’s rates are very high, and the Islands if relatively protected from the contagious spread of COVID-19. In short, the people do not need to panic; there’s little to fear. The important thing is to remain on alert and strictly follow the health protocols,” said Governor Koster.

The foreign national landing in Bali on Singapore Airlines on Wednesday hailed from 25 countries – led by Australians (21), French (14), UK (13), USA (12), and Dutch (7).

A majority of 82 foreign travelers arrived using a B211A visa.(Bali Quarantine Period)

 

Bali’s PPKM Level 3 Category Explained

Quarantine Period BaliNew instructions issued by the Minister of Home Affairs (No. 10 Tahun 2022) set new rules on limiting activities and public movements for the entire island of Bali, now categorized as a PPKM Level 3 Region.

The categorization of Bali at Level 3 and the new public movement guidelines took effect from 15 February 2022.

As reported by BaliPost.com, the Secretary of the Bali Provincial COVID-19 Task Force (Satgas COVID), Made Rentin, confirmed in a written announcement that Bali would remain at a Level 3 Category from 14 February until 21 February 2022. (Bali Quarantine Period)

Current COVID-19 Infection Rates in Bali

Bali was classified at the more cautionary “Level 3″ status due to a sudden upsurge in new cases, with “active cases” now calculated at 19,344 people.

Speaking on 15 February 2022, Rentin explained that 1,177 COVID patients are now hospitalized in Bali, a number representing 6.08% of all active infections. Meanwhile, 89.4% of the active cases totaling 17,293 people are self-isolating at home with mild or no symptoms.

Centralized isolation facilities are currently used by 874 people or 4.52% of all active cases. Rentin outlined that the provincial government of Bali operates 30 centralized isolation centers for COVID-19 patients with a capacity of 1,946 beds. “874 of the available beds (in centralized isolation centers) are now occupied, representing 44,91% with a remaining 1,072 beds unoccupied at this time,” wrote Rentin in his published release. (Quarantine Period Bali)

PPKM Level 3 Stipulations

The Minister of Home Affairs, Tito Karnavian, has explained that Bali and other regions of Indonesia classified as PPKM Level 3 must conform to the following regulations:

Workplaces operating in areas of the economy deemed “non-essential” are allowed to open with staffing levels at 50% of normal levels. The remaining 50% of staff should be directed to work from home.

Workers reporting to the workplace should all be fully vaccinated and scan the government-sponsored PeduliLindungi online application every time they report to work.

Public areas, parks, tourist attractions, and other areas where people gather in numbers must operate at no more than 50% of their normal capacity. Those using any public areas are obligated to follow all health protocols set forth by the Indonesian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy CHSE Protocols. (Bali Quarantine Period)

CHSE protocols stipulate procedures on the wearing of face masks, body temperature monitoring, physical distancing, and the requirement for frequent hand washing. Visitors to these public gathering areas must also be fully vaccinated and use the PeduliLindungi Application.

Children under the age of 12 visiting public areas must be accompanied by a parent.

Children between the ages of 6 and 12 years required to show proof of a minimal first dosage of COVID-19 vaccine.

Artistic and cultural activities, sporting events, and community activities must be operated at 50% of their normal capacity. Again, health protocols must be strictly followed and PedulLindungi screening completed at all entry points for these activities.

Economic centers, such as shopping centers, malls, and supermarkets can operate at 60% of normal capacity and only remain open until 9:00 pm, while traditional public markets may remain open until 8:00 pm.

Private constructions sites can operate at 50% worker capacity.

Places of worship are limited to 50% of their usual capacity.(Quarantine Period Bali)

New Testing Targets

Testing targets for every regency and the City of Denpasar are increased during the PPKM Level 3 period. The daily target for testing across Bali: Badung Regency (1,040 tests); Bangli Regency (495 tests); Buleleng Regency (1,441 tests); Gianyar Regency (1,132 tests); Jembrana Regency (405 test); Karangasem Regency (906 tests); Klungkung Regency (389 tests), City of Denpasar (1,454 test) and Tabanan Regency (973 tests). (Quarantine Period Bali)

 

3 Airlines Apply to Fly to Bali in March

Bali Quarantine PeriodWith Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines bringing an end to the prolonged drought of direct international flights to Bali with regularly scheduled service from Tokyo (GA) and Singapore (SQ), the management company for Bali’s airport confirms three additional international flight slots starting in March 2022 are now on request.

Both Balipost.com and the State News Agency Antara, are quoting the CEO of PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP I), Faik Fahmi, who says the three airlines have started the formal application process to secure a landing slot in Bali. (Bali Quarantine Period)

 

 

The three airlines said to be preparing to fly to Bali are:

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Scoot Tiger Air

Jetstar Airways

Fahmi commented that he welcomed plans by the three airlines to reactivate their former routes to Bali. The PAP I CEO said the resumption of more flights to Bali is a positive sign that international airlines and foreign tourists are ready to holiday in Bali.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: PAP I said that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plans to operate four weekly flights as an extension to their current Amsterdam to Singapore service using Boeing 777s configured to carry 408 passengers.

Scoot Tiger Air: PAP I has received an application from Scoot Tiger Air to fly three times each week connecting Singapore – Denpasar using Airbus A-320 aircraft with 108 seats.

JetStar Airways: Also, now in the application and final approval process is Jetstar Airways seeking to fly three times a week on the routes Singapore-Denpasar, Sydney-Denpasar, and Melbourne-Denpasar. Jetstar plans to use an Airbus 320 on the Singapore-Denpasar route with 180 saleable seats. Meanwhile, the Sydney-Denpasar and Melbourne-Denpasar services with Jetstar will be flown on either Boeing B-788 with 335 seats or an Airbus A-321/A-320 with, respectively, 323 or 186 seats. (Quarantine Period Bali)

Fahmi took the occasion to reiterate PAP I’s commitment to restore international airline connectivity during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. This commitment is manifested in PAP I’s strict enforcement of all government-mandated health protocols. Adding: “We hope that the number of international passengers and international flights destined to Bali will continue to gradually increase and assist the revitalization of the people’s economy and the Island’s tourism industry in a sustainable manner.”

In 2019, before the global pandemic, Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport welcomed 13,8 million passengers traveling on 78,388 flights.

By contrast, only 638 international travelers landed in Bali in the first 18 days of February (1-18 February 2022).(Quarantine Period Bali)

 

Bali Counting Int’l Arrivals

Bali Quarantine PeriodTourism industry members and Bali officials continue to closely monitor the number of passengers arriving on the few international flights currently operating to Bali, seeking affirmation that the sorely needed tourism recovery is underway.

The once-weekly Thursday Garuda flight between Narita (Tokyo) and Denpasar made its third flight on 18 February 2022, with what has now become a typically paltry number of passengers. This lack of passengers calls into question how long Indonesia’s financially troubled flag carrier will sustain the route connecting Japan and the Island of Bali.

Meanwhile, news regarding the relaunch of the daily Bali flight by Singapore Airlines is more cheering, with passenger numbers growing with each successive landing. (Quarantine Period Bali)

All international passengers arriving in Bali disembark at an airport where official health and safety protocols are strictly applied to prevent COVID-19 contagion. All airline, ground staff, and government officials on duty at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport wear, at a minimum, face masks, with many also using plastic face shields as an added caution. All passengers are required under law to emerge from their aircraft wearing face masks. Meanwhile, protocols on handwashing, hand sanitizers, surgical gloves, physical distancing, and plexiglass barriers at service desks are very much in evidence. (Quarantine Period Bali)

As reported by Balipost.com, the 17 February 2022 arrival of GA 881 from Tokyo to Bali carried only 13 passengers and 12 crew, broken down further into 9 foreign Japanese passengers and 3 Indonesian nationals. GA 881 operates using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft configured to carry 241-287 passengers. Depending on the specific aircraft deployed for the service, that extrapolates to a 4-5% occupancy rate for Thursday’s flight.

Singapore Airlines SQ 944 landed on Friday, 18 February 2022, with 146 passengers – 14 Indonesian nationals and 146 foreigners. The 146 foreigners landing in Bali were traveling on a B112A visitor visa (72), KITAS Temporary stay permit (31), or travel affidavit (2). Foreign arrivals came from 25 different nations, with the largest number from Australia (24).

Thursday’s return flight on Singapore Airlines (SQ 945) departed with only 36 passengers and 12 crew. The departing passengers numbered 27 foreign nationals and 9 Indonesians. (Quarantine Period Bali)

 

Bali Peace Park – Far from a Done Deal

Bali Quarantine PeriodNearly 20 years after a terrorist bomb killed 202 people and injured scores of others on 12 October 2002, the owner of the 560-square meter plot at Jalan Legian No. 66 in Kuta, once home to the ill-fated Sari Club, has reportedly agreed to sell the land for Rp. 45 billion.

Should the final sale go through, it will pave the way for ta memorial park to honor the victims of the bombing in the middle of the traditionally busy heart of Kuta’s nightlife zone.

MSN.com. detik.com, and many Indonesian news outlets report that Indonesian businessman, Sukamto Tjia, has signed “an agreement to sell” the plot of land at the agreed price equivalent of around US$5,800 per square meter.

Clock Ticking on Finalizing Sale (Quarantine Period Bali)

The document signed by Sukamto is not a sales agreement but a formal offer to sell the land providing the payment of an amount equivalent to around US$3.2 million is paid before the end of March 2022.

In 2019, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to consider government assistance in the purchase if a “ballpark figure” price agreement was already in hand.

Should the funds be secured in time for the fast-approaching deadline, it would mark the end of two decades of disputes and discords surrounding the controversial project. Internal arguments within the BPPA on how to continue with efforts to secure the site precipitated the resignation and departure of the group’s Australian founder, Dallas Jackson-Finn, who decided to go it alone and try to negotiate a deal for the parcel of land with its Indonesian owner. (Quarantine Period Bali)

Bali Quarantine PeriodQuoted by MSN.Com, Jackson-Finn said: “We’re coming up to the 20th anniversary, so I think that will be of great significance to have that park there instead of looking at a vacant block of land.” Continuing, Jackson-Finn added: “It’s prime commercial real estate. We’ve factored in the loss of income, compensation and it works out at about 17 cents per Australian.”

Jackson-Finn and the BPPA once envisioned creating a beautiful meditative garden on the side of a normally busy street in a now-vacant lot bordered on three sides by shops. The vacant lot is located only a few meters away from the Ground Zero Monument where the names and nationalities of the 202 people who died in the 2002 bombing are inscribed. Another short distance away stands the reopened Paddy’s Bar that was also targeted by the bombers. (Quarantine Period Bali)

Back to the questions at hand: Will the substantial sum of money be found before the March deadline, together with the additional amount needed to build and develop the peace park? The question also arises on who would become the “new owner” of the park proposed for the vacant lot?

Prime Minister Morrison’s offer “to consider” the project is far short of a firm commitment from the Australian government to underwrite the entire amount needed to close the deal. In the past, former prime ministers, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, both pledged US$450,000 towards plans to purchase the Sari Club site. Further promises of support were also made in the past by Australian territorial governments. Whether these past pledges still stand remains unclear. (Quarantine Period Bali)

The federal opposition in Australia is lobbying the government to expend “sufficient funds in the budget” and work with the government of Indonesia and other stakeholders to secure the plot before the end-March deadline so plans for the park can proceed as the 20th anniversary of the October bombing draws nigh.

A parliamentarian backbencher, Luke Gosling, stated that the 88 Australians who died and the many more injured in the 2002 bombing “must not be forgotten.” Gosling added: “The bombings were horrific. Australia and Indonesia have a long history together and it’s in the national interest to have a Bali Peace Park built on the Sari Club site as a living memorial.”

The ability to close the deal and build the proposed peace park is further complicated by the BPPA’s dissolution. Before its dissolution, a BPPA spokesperson declared it had “terminated its interest in acquiring the land following prolonged negotiations and has indicated that Australian government-committed funds would not be required.” (Quarantine Period Bali)

Before dissolving the association and abandoning the Bali Peace Park Project, the BPPA had accused the owner of the plot of making “outrageous” demands for a sales price far in excess of the land’s commercial value.

During the negotiation with the owner, the estranged BPPA founder, Dallas Jackson-Finn, surprisingly came to the defense of the Sari Club plot’s owner offering a price that included compensation for lost revenue over the past two decades in addition to the cost of purchasing the land. Jackson-Finn took issue with the BPPA for depicting Sukamto Tjia and his son, Ronald, as “greedy,” claiming the land’s owner was a businessman entitled to fair compensation in the proposed sale and any lost income over the past two decades. (Bali Quarantine Period)

The current design for the Bali Peace Park Association (BPPA) includes a mural depicting the tragedy and a “reflection corner” where visitors can pause and quietly reflect on the event and its victims. Assuming money needed to purchase the site can be secured before the end of March, further questions arise on who or what organization will be the legal new owner of the land and where additional funds will come from for the development, and perpetual can and maintenance of the park.

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