Ardiwinata Reveals Obstacles of Foreign Tourists Who Couldn't Free to Enter Indonesia
Despite Covid-19 pandemic, the number of tourist visits tended to increase, even though it was only limited to local and domestic tourist visits. Why?
Editor: Putri Larasati Anggiawan
Indonesian government is known to still enforce the Regulation of Minister of Law and Human Rights in Republic of Indonesia (Permenkumham) number 11 of 2020 concerning the prohibition of foreigners from entering the territory of Republic of Indonesia.
In Permenkumham, foreigners who can enter are contained in Article 3 paragraph 1 points a to f which contain six points in it.
The six points include foreigners holding limited stay permits and permanent residency permits, foreigners holding diplomatic and service visas, foreigners holding diplomatic and official residence permits.
Then medical aid and support personnel, food and humanitarian reasons, conveyance crews and foreigners who will work on national strategic projects.
In this Permenkumham, especially in article 2 it temporarily prohibits foreigners from entering / transiting in Indonesia.
"If the Permenkumham is revoked, tourist visits from outside will only be horrified. Currently we only expect national and local tourist visits," said Head of Batam City Culture and Tourism Department (Disbudpar), Ardiwinata, Tuesday (18/8/2020) .
He said, despite Covid-19 pandemic, the number of tourist visits tended to increase, even though it was only limited to local and domestic tourist visits.
Ardi said that tourist visits since June and July saw an increase of 1.5 percent.
He said, there are three phases that must be passed during this pandemic.
These phases include the mitigation phase, the rapid coping phase and the new normal adaptation phase (New Normal).
"In the third phase, we are grateful that all sectors slowly but surely have returned to operations, including a number of hotels and entertainment venues. However, they still have to implement health protocols.
We are grateful that in the last few months the number of tourists has seen an increase. So it's starting to look stretching towards the progress of tourism in Batam, "said Ardiwinata. (TribunBatam.id/Ian Pertanian)
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