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To all AIYA members and supporters,
Unfortunately due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in both Australia and Indonesia all AIYA events will be postponed until further notice.
We advise everyone to stay informed during this period by checking the appropriate health and government information sites, especially those applicable to your area of residence. Here is a list of some information sites that may be useful.
For anyone undertaking or planning to undertake travel between Australia and Indonesia, please note:
As of 17 March 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia has announced that as of 00:00 Western Indonesia Time (GMT+7) on Friday, 20 March 2020, all ‘visas on arrival’ for nationals from any country will not be issued. Please read the full statement here.
On 18 March 2020, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Commonwealth of Australia has announced that the travel advice for Australians to all countries in the world has been raised to level 4 of 4 – do not travel overseas at this time. Further information can be sought on the Smart Traveller website.
On 19 March 2020, the Department of Home Affairs, Commonwealth of Australia has announced that all foreign nationals who are not Australian citizens, permanent residents or their immediate family members will not be allowed entry into the country as of 21:00 Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (GMT+11) on Friday, 20 March 2020. Please watch the statement by the Prime Minister here and further advice can be found here.
After 1 April 2020 Garuda Indonesia will be the only airline operating flights between Australia and Indonesia and their regular flight schedule has been adjusted. For further information please visit the Garuda Indonesia website.
After 2 April 2020 only foreign nationals with existing visas for work, diplomatic or humanitarian reasons will be permitted to enter Indonesia. Further information can be found here.
A statement from the Australian Embassy in Jakarta regarding Indonesians currently in Australia on temporary, student and working-holiday visas can be found here. If there are Indonesian nationals in Australia who require assistance the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra can be contacted during business hours.
As of 24 April 2020 all commercial domestic flights in Indonesia will be grounded until 1 June 2020, however, some flights for specific purposes such as cargo and repatriation purposes will continue to operate. The full policy can be found here.
We understand this is a stressful situation for everyone and we hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this period. In the meantime AIYA will be working on delivering some online activities for members to stay in touch with one another, so keep an eye on our social media!
Updated 12 April 2020
Clarice is the AIYA National President. Loves a good nongkrong about all things Indonesia over a kopi pahit or two.