Here is an update on Indonesia travel restrictions due to coronavirus as of today, May 21st, 2020. Yes, it’s a mess. It is your choice to believe what you want. But do think twice and don’t trust literally everything you see in the mass-media. News agencies are blowing this out of proportion due to many reasons. First one being money. They don’t have the means, or the will, to verify the information received from various agencies. But is that a problem? Since they’re being paid, they will publish it.
What are the latest Indonesia Travel Restrictions?
As of May 7, people can travel on and about in Indonesia. However, each individual would need a health letter and a purpose to travel. Basically the exceptions are being made for medical workers, business people and people that have no choice but to travel – think emergencies of different types. My conclusion is that if you’re willing to spend some money you can travel anywhere in Indonesia. If you don’t have the funds then it’s difficult.
Of course this is being enforced more strictly on flights and less on ferries, trains and even less on buses and other road transportation. My Grab driver won’t ask me for a health letter to take me from Denpasar to Ubud.
Indonesia Flights Situation
At the moment I am in Bali and I’ve been following closely the events unfolding. Here, the Dengue fever is a lot more dangerous than the so-called coronavirus. There are domestic flights running from Bali to Jakarta, Surabaya, Lombok, Semarang and possibly a few other places.
There are, of course, many more flights originating in the capital Jakarta. Jakarta to Medan, Jakarta to Surabaya, Jakarta to Manado, Jakarta to Bali are among many other current flights started in May 2020.
I could not find any international flights directly from Bali. However the situation is better from Jakarta – I could buy a direct flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Doha and a few others. I could buy a flight ticket – getting on the plane is a different matter. Most of these countries won’t allow transit. So you won’t get anywhere coming from Indonesia, in my case. Unless you reach home on a direct flight.
You may want to get ready for the future plane travel and consider a few things. Getting to the destination suddenly became a lot more difficult. Read how to prepare and book a flight ticket in 2020.
Surf Bali with the mask on
Some good news. Kind of. Two of Bali’s best surf beaches are open as today, June 1st, 2020. There is a catch though – these beaches are open only for surfers from outside Indonesia. In other words, it is OK to be on the beach if you are a foreigner but not a local. This is gross discrimination no matter that it tries to help easing the lock-down situation. In any case, these two beaches are Canggu Beach in Canggu and Padang Padang in Uluwatu.