I wrote about the Corona Virus or COVID-19 on January 30 where it was basically a “China problem” which has now become a global pandemic. So much is being written about it, many by experts in the field, but I thought I would add my own thoughts and feelings.
I have seen quite a few people saying that they are not perturbed by the government warnings for avoiding travel and they still plan to come to Bali. As much as it pains me to say it, please follow your government’s advice and cancel/postpone all non-essential travel. For sure the tourism is taking a massive hit here as it is all around the world, but we need to put life ahead of financial considerations for now.
Indonesia is finally starting to wake up and realize this could have a massive affect on the country. Indonesia’s medical facilities are woefully inadequate and getting sick with the virus or any other injury could be a death sentence.
Testing for the virus is still very limited, which is perhaps the only reason why the numbers are so low for Indonesia. I believe it is the same for other developing countries like India.
Check with your insurance company to see if you will be covered before making any trips. Your own country may also be restricting travel and imposing quarantine/isolation for anyone arriving from overseas (Australia/New Zealand).
The best thing anyone can do now is to stay home and practice good hygiene. Even if you are fit and healthy you could be a host for the virus and infect more vulnerable people.
Many foreigners live/stay in Bali on tourist or social visas. These require constant extensions and when the visa expires, a trip outside of the country to begin the process again. Unfortunately countries frequently used for doing ‘visa runs’ are closing their borders and enforcing mandatory self quarantine. Singapore for example is enforcing a 14 day self quarantine for all arrivals and Malaysia is following suit.
The overstay fine is 1 million rupiah per day and unfortunately, there is little leniency if you do overstay for any reason, even in times of crisis like this. Obviously this can add up pretty quick, especially for a family. If you do have an emergency you can apply for Emergency Permit at an immigration office and you will need to provide any evidence you have, like medical records.
Indonesia COVID-19 Hotline:
021-5210 411 / 0812 1212 3119
Here are some links to useful information I have found:
Singapore issues stay at 14 self isolation for visitors from affected countries, including ASEAN countries.: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/coronavirus-covid-19-singapore-malaysia-asean-stay-home-notice-12539952
Qantas to provide more flexible options for flight bookings: https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-group-provides-customers-more-flexibility-due-to-coronavirus/