Senior economic minister, Airlangga Hartarto, announced, Indonesian government extended the ban entry for foreigners until Jan. 28, 2021, in a bid to control the transmission of the COVID-19 - Photo by President Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Senior economic minister, Airlangga Hartarto, announced today, Indonesian government extended the ban entry for foreigners until Jan. 28, 2021, in a bid to control the transmission of the COVID-19. Previously the policy valid until Jan. 14, 2021.

The chairman of the committee for handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery Program also announced the country to imposes restrictions on the community activities starting today until Jan. 25 in Java and Bali island. To support the policies, he asserted, all governors had issued the implementations regulations in their provinces.

At the same day, Jakarta governor, Anies Baswedan, again imposed tight large-scale social restrictions the capital city from Jan. 11 to 25, by implementing strict health protocols. The regulation is contained in the decree Number 19 of 2021 concerning Enforcement, Duration and Limitation of Large-Scale Social Restrictions on Activities.

The provincial government regulated, a number of activities are limited in the workplace or offices, teaching and learning activities, restaurant activities, shopping centers or malls, and worship activities. However, there are still essential sectors that are allowed to operate 100 percent during the restriction with limited operating hours.

To cover the higher positive cases and death toll in the country, minister of health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, has communicated with all the hospitals and management to raises the bed numbers from 15,000 to 30,000 within a month. He also reclassified several rules to add health workers and doctors, also additional drugs and facilities.

In August, Indonesia announced will remain closed for foreign tourists throughout 2020 after the positive cases number growing faster around the globe. One of favorite place for tourist, Bali, also aborted to reopen the island for the arrivals since Sept. 11.

Earlier on March, Indonesia prohibit travelers from Iran, Italy, and South Korea after World Health of Organization reported there are a significant increase COVID-19 spread at the three countries. According to foreign minister, Retno Marsudi, travelers entry and transit to Indonesia need a health certificate.

The government warned in April that the pandemic could wipe out more than US$10 billion in Indonesia’ tourism revenues in this year. The number of arrivals to Indonesia experienced a drastic decline by 88.95 percent compared to the number of visits in September 2019, statistic bureau reported today.

Cumulatively, the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia reached 3.56 million visits or decreased by 70.57 percent when compared to the number of foreign tourists visiting in the same period in 2019 which totaled 12.10 million visits. The average length of stay of foreign and Indonesian guests in star-classified hotels during September 2020 was recorded at 1.73 days, a decrease of 0.11 points when compared to September 2019.

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