In an effort to keep people informed, especially non-Indonesian speaking residents in Bali, this article shares the latest update on the Java-Bali emergency social restrictions (otherwise known as Pemberlakuan Pembatasan Kegiatan Masyarakat, or PPKM).

Update from 2 August 2021:

In line with the national announcement by President Jokowi on 2 August 2021, as well as the latest Circular Letter from Bali Governor (Surat Edaran No.13, Tahun 2021), shared on 3 August 2021, social restrictions in Bali have been extended until 9 August 2021. Regulations remain the same.

Update from 26 July 2021:

In line with the national announcement by President Jokowi on 25 July 2021, as well as the latest Circular Letter from Bali Governor (Surat Edaran No.12, Tahun 2021), shared on 26 July 2021, social restrictions in Bali have been extended until 2 August 2021.

Most important update in this circular letter pertains to the food and beverage industry:-

POINT 1C:- Public Food and Beverage businesses (restaurants, cafes, vendors kiosks) may now accept dine-in guests at a maximum capacity of 25%, who may only stay at the venue for a maximum of 30-minutes. Venues may remain open until 21:00. Takeaway and delivery services may continue.

Previous update from 21 July 2021

On 20 July 2021, President Joko Widodo announced (over the Presidential Secretariat official YouTube channel) that emergency social restrictions currently in place in Java, Bali and 15 other regions would be eased in stages starting 26 July 2021, if Covid-19 case numbers drop by this date. Whilst the President did not explicitly mention an extension, his statements do imply that social restrictions would remain in place at least until Sunday, 25 July 2021.

Source: Presidential Secretariat official YouTube channel

What elements of the social restrictions would be eased will be left to regional authorities, but the President did mention a change in regulations for traditional markets, small businesses, street vendors and more.

Again, this is contingent on the case numbers by 25 July 2021. The initial target for daily confirmed cases at the start of these restrictions was to be below 10.000 nationwide, but numbers as of Tuesday, 20 July 2021 recorded 38,325 new daily cases nationwide.

There are some changes in regulations that residents should be made aware of, which are separate from the President’s announcement. New regulations were published in a Covid-19 Task Force Circular Letter (Surat Edaran 15 tahun 2021) ahead of the Idul Adha holy day to curb travel and gathering, which are in place from 18-25 July 2021.

The new regulations include:

Traveling out of the currently restricted regions is limited to essential and critical sector workers.
• Individuals with urgent needs may travel out of the restricted regions. Urgent needs defined as: seriously ill patients, pregnant women with a maximum number of one companion, maternity needs with a maximum number of two companions, and delivery of cadavers of non-COVID deaths with a maximum number of 5 people.
• Travel out of the restricted regions requires an STRP (Surat Tanda Registrasi Pekerja), or Worker Registration Letter, available only through the employer and from local authorities.
Regulations for travel within the restricted regions still requires:
– Negative PCR result for a of up to 2×24 hours for air travel; negative PCR or Antigen result up to 1x24hours for other modes of transportation.
– Vaccine Card / Certificate for at least the first dose.
– Travel by children or people under the age of 18 is limited in advance or asked not to travel in advance.

Further changes include amendments made to the Bali Governor’s Circular Letter (Surat Edaran 11, Tahun 2021), published 21 July 2021.

• Non-essential industries are now able to operate again. They are permitted a 25% staff capacity and can operate until 21:00.
• Food and Beverage businesses (restaurants, cafes, vendors, kiosks) can now operate until 21:00, but only for takeaway and delivery, dine-in is still not permitted.
• Public streetlights will not be turned off, unless in public areas that can potentially cause crowds.

Original Article on Restrictions, Including Original Regulations Which Remain in Place Until Further Notice (Below)

Posted 2 July 2021

On 1 July 2021, President Joko Widodo confirmed the implementation of emergency lockdown procedures for 48 regions and cities in both Java and Bali. It will take effect from 3 to 20 July 2021, with a target of reducing daily confirmed cases to less than 10.000 (nationwide). 


With this emergency lockdown of Bali and Java, the previously stated plans for Bali’s tourism have also been postponed or indeed cancelled. The Coordinator of the Java-Bali Emergency Micro PPKM General TNI (Ret.), Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, confirmed that the opening of foreign tourist to Bali at the end of July 2021 have been canceled. Furthermore, Indonesian Minister of Tourism Sandiaga Uno announced that the Work from Bali campaignand plans for ‘vaccine tourism’ have also been postponed until further notice. 

Below are the July 2021 Emergency Lockdown Regulations in Bali:-

1. 100% Work from Home for ‘Non-Essential’ Sector, 50% capacity for essential sectors, critical sectors will remain fully operational. 
– Essential sectors include: finance and banking, capital markets, payment systems, information technology and communication, non-COVID-19 quarantine handling hotels, export orientation industries.
– Critical sectors include: energy, health, security, logistics and transportation, food/beverage and supporting industries, petrochemicals, cement, national vital objects, disaster management, national strategic projects, construction, basic utilities (electricity and water), as well as industrial needs fulfilment.

2. All teaching and learning activities are carried out online.

3. Supermarkets, traditional markets, grocery stores (i.e. those selling daily necessities) can operate until 20:00 local time, with a visitor capacity of 50% .

4. Pharmacies and drug stores can be fully open 24 hours.

5. Shopping centres/malls/trade centres must be closed.

6. Restaurants, food stalls, cafés, street vendors and hawkers stalls must all be closed for dine-in, only takeaway and delivery services are permitted. UPDATE: Restaurants must now close at 8pm.

7. The implementation of construction activities (construction sites and project sites) operates 100% (one hundred percent) by implementing stricter health protocols;

7. Places of worship (mosques, prayer rooms, churches, temples, temples and pagodas as well as other public places that function as places of worship) are temporarily closed.

8. Public facilities (public areas, public parks, public tourist attractions and other public areas) are temporarily closed;

9. Art/cultural, sports and social activities (locations of arts, culture, sports facilities, and social activities that can cause crowds) are temporarily closed;

10. Public transportation (public transportation, mass transportation, taxis (conventional and online) and rental/rental vehicles) is enforced with a maximum capacity setting of 70% (seventy percent) by implementing stricter health protocols;

11. Wedding receptions can be attended by a maximum of 30 (thirty) people by implementing stricter health protocols and not eating at the reception venue; Provision of food is only allowed in a closed place and to take home.

12. Domestic travellers using airplane, bus and train must show a vaccine card (at least dose I vaccine; and negative PCR test (2 x 24hrs) required for planes; and negative antigen test (1 x 24hrs) for other long-distance transportation. For regulations on Foreign Nationals Entering Indonesia, read here.

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