SITUATION IN BALI:
- Most travelers have left Bali
- Indonesia has banned all foreign arrivals until further notice
- All citizens and visitors are asked to stay at home, work from home and follow the guidelines of “SOCIAL DISTANCING”.
- When outside from your home it is mandatory to wear a face mask.
- Food shopping and other important necessities are still possible (not a lock down)
- A penalty of up to IDR 100mio and imprisonment of up to 1 year if regulations are not obeyed
- Most restaurants and bars are closed but offer delivery or pick up service.
- Major events have been cancelled and the governor has instructed the Balinese to stay away from mass events (religions and non-religious).
- All tourist attractions and sites have been asked to temporarily closed, including the beaches.
- Stranded tourists who arrived after Feb 5th 2020 are granted a free Visa extension without having to go to Immigration Office
- Otherwise the situation is mostly calm and controlled.
- For now all foreign arrivals have been banned, unless you have a valid work permit
- For now, most countries advise their citizens to avoid all unnecessary traveling, some countries closed their borders. some even ordered their citizens to stay home.
The risk to get infected in Bali might be as low or high as in any other place in the world, that’s not a so called hotspot. Indonesian authorities and particularly the ones in Bali have shown that they take the situation seriously and have implemented several regulations and procedures, But of course, there is no guarantee, there is always room for improvement, and we all still learn how to deal with this.
It would not be right to claim that any country, be it our home country or any other place these days is 100% safe. Based on the scientific data and experiences the world has gathered by now about the coronavirus, the virus is indeed a threat. However, how much of a threat really depends on your individual circumstances, your personal actions and behaviors, and the level of precautions you take. And of course to a certain extend we depend on the professionalism of government authorities and also businesses that facilitate transportation, travel, etc.
So far, the number of corona patients is still low in Indonesia, particularly in relation to the total population.
In a way, life goes on in Bali. But more people realise, as in many other parts of the world, it’s serious and we should all follow the precaution measures as suggested by the WHO, and the local government.