Bali to Reopen, Air Traffic Increasing, War Footing, Vaccination Rates Rising, Latest on PPKM
Oct 06, 2021 | AmCham Indonesia
Bali Getting Ready for International Flights
Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is preparing to reopen for international flights on Oct 14. Passengers on flights from six countries will be permitted to enter Indonesia: South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, China, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai, according to Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.
International passengers must do the following before their flight:
Show full vaccination proof and negative PCR test results (taken three days prior)
Show proof of hotel booking for eight-day quarantine, with the cost not covered by the government
Fill in the Health Card Alert (HAC)
Fill in the e-PCR
Fill in the Electronic Customs Declaration (e-CD).
Upon arrival, passengers will receive a temperature check and a PCR test. They will then need to register for data input, health documents, and a quarantine hotel check, as well as immigration procedures.
In preparation for reopening, Ngurah Rai Airport is cooperating with Bali Jimbaran Hospital to provide two mobile lab facilities with a total capacity of 3,840 tests per day, President Director of Angkasa Pura I Faik Fahmi said. The number of waiting areas has also been increased and the arrival corridors expanded.
Air passengers at Soekarno Hatta Airport have increased over the last two weeks following the easing of public mobility restrictions, according to M Holik Muwardi, Senior Manager of Branch Communication and Legal at airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP).
Holik said 40,000 passengers are now passing through the airport daily on weekdays and 45,000-50,000 at weekends as of Oct 5, compared to 30,000-33,000 during the latter stages of PPKM Level 4. Most travel remains domestic.
Air traffic has also increased to 450 flights each day from 340 to 360.
Meanwhile, International flights to Jakarta are no longer restricted to only 90 passengers per flight, the Ministry of Transportation said, as Soekarno-Hatta Airport can now conduct more PCR tests and is thus able to process more passengers. Director-General of Air Transport Novie Riyanto said the airport now has PCR testing capacities that can serve up to 600 people per hour, with a one-hour waiting time for the results.
The Covid-19 pandemic is like a protracted and tiring war, President Joko Widodo said yesterday, Oct 5, during his speech commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Indonesian National Army (TNI) at the Merdeka Palace. He also said the TNI has a critical role in enforcing Covid-19 health protocols and helping carry out the national vaccination program by utilizing all personnel and unit capabilities.
Indonesia’s vaccination rate was 2,049,125 per day on Sept 29, consisting of 1,291,850 first doses and 757,275 second doses. In total, as of Oct 5, 94,939,217 people have received their first dose (45.59 percent of the target), and 53,656,921 their second doses (25.76 percent of the target). Some 986,750 health workers (65.96 percent) have also received their third booster dose. The vaccination target is 208,265,720 people.
PPKM has been extended once again to Oct 18, and the government has loosened regulations as no region is designated Level 4. Blitar is now the pilot project for PPKM level 1, as it has achieved 70 percent of its first dose vaccination target. The extension is regulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs Instruction 47/2021.
Fitness centers and gyms can reopen at 25 percent capacity, provided health protocols are strictly implemented. Movie theatres can sell food and drinks, but capacity remains 50 percent. Children under 12 are now allowed to enter malls in Greater Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya, with parental supervision. The Liga 1 and Liga 2 soccer leagues and the Development Basketball League (DBL) youth competition can also begin, without spectators, in Jakarta and Surabaya.
Guided by Sampoerna’s “Three Hands Philosophy,” which represents adult consumers, employees and business partners, and society at large, Sampoerna is committed to supporting the Indonesian government in accelerating national economic recovery.
In 2020, Sampoerna disbursed more than Rp 80 billion through various targeted initiatives such as:
Supporting MSMEs through Sampoerna Retail Community, Sampoerna Entrepreneurship Training Center, and other partnerships to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) survive and thrive during the pandemic through training, providing incentives, and facilitating digitalization
Donating 14 Ventilators, seven PCR machines, five high-flow nasal devices, >8,900 PPEs, >2,790 liters of disinfectant liquid, and >13.7 million masks
Raising awareness through Gerakan Pakai Masker (wear your mask) in 10 major cities in Indonesia including Jakarta, Tangerang, Bogor, Bandung, Surabaya, Semarang, Yogyakarta Medan, Palembang and Denpasar.
Sampoerna continues to extend its hands in 2021, with more programs underway, particularly to support Covid-19 handling.
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