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Indonesia has announced an internal travel ban during next month’s Eid al-Fitr celebrations to try and prevent large-scale transmission of Covid-19.
The ban on all land, sea and air travel between 6th and 17th May comes on top of a ban on the mass exodus tradition, locally known as ‘mudik’, announced last month. The tradition sees vast numbers of the population travelling to their home provinces for celebrations.
A transport ministry survey suggested that around 27 million respondents were still planning to travel during mudik.
Indonesia has confirmed more than 1.5 million cases of Covid-19 and 42,348 deaths. In the last 24 hours there have been 5,265 cases and 121 deaths.
Indonesia has seen an increase in terror attacks and threats recently and are tightening security around tourist destinations as plans continue for the return of foreign tourists.
On 28th March a suicide bombing took place at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Makassar which wounded at least 14 people and killed the two terrorists.
On 31st March a female terrorist attempted to attack the national police headquarters in Jakarta. She was killed in the attack and no other injuries were reported.
These were the first major terrorists attacks in Indonesia since a number of attacks in East Java Province in May 2018 which resulted in more than 200 deaths.
A counter-terrorism crackdown has resulted in a number of suspects being arrested following police raids conducted in various cities across the country.
Since the incidents, the government has tightened security measures and increased CCTV coverage at a number of tourist destinations. A number of travel and hospitality organisations have also increased security measures.
The reopening of Bali may be delayed due to issues with the supply of Covid-19 vaccinations.
The island is reporting a possible two month delay in the supply of vaccines following export bans and production issues with suppliers.
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