Feb 1st, 2021
Bali is in some kind of limited lockdown with a curfew in operation connected with bars and ceremonies and weddings and the like — there is talk about reopening to international travelers and establishing “safe corridors” between Bali and other cities / countries but my guess is that this is mostly just talk as in the past couple of weeks, Bali has seen record numbers of new cases and is officially a red zone.
Sunday’s (Jan 31st) report in Bali was a couple of hundred new cases but as many people have pointed out, it’s not easy to get a handle on numbers here in the absence of comprehensive testing and reporting.
Best place for updates is not the newspapers as they’ve been pretty slapdash in their coverage. The official page is: https://infocorona.baliprov.go.id/ and you can see that in Google Translate here: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://infocorona.baliprov.go.id/
We’re open and all our orders are ongoing.
However, you do need to know that the international shortage of available containers and shipping schedules has meant that shipping rates out of Bali are currently astronomically high — rates to US, Europe and New Zealand, for example, have been at least US4,000 more than usual and, in some cases, more than US$5,000 more with lengthy booking schedules (3-4 weeks advance booking).
We, like many others, are hoping rates will start returning to normal after Chinese New Year (Feb 12th, 2021 to Feb 19th, 2021). We’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, we hope all is well.
August 4th, 2020
Last Friday (July 31st), Bali reopened for domestic tourists Friday — seeing 4,000 visitors arriving the first day. Reopening seems to mean that certain beaches and tourist sites are open but not nightclubs.
You can read more about the reopening at the Bali Sun online newspaper.
Indonesia Export is open as before and are remaining cautious.
June 25th, 2020
Indonesia Export is open. New orders are still coming in and being processed. And we’re still shipping orders. Company policy at this time is to avoid the office and warehouse as much as we can and, when onsite, to stay as far away from each other as possible. This means we’re not using our full complement of packers and office personnel.
In terms of the Corona virus, since June 17th, Indonesia has held the #1 spot for infections in Asia.
In Bali, foreign arrivals are still banned. It’s not a lockdown but the local authorities has asked that everyone work from home and avoid contact though shops and some restaurants have already reopened. Everyone now has a sink with soap at the entrance to their premises.
Major events have been cancelled and the governor has instructed the Balinese to stay away from mass events (religions and non-religious).
All tourist attractions and sites have been asked to temporarily closed, including the beaches.
March 30th, 2020
Bali is on a sort of limited shut down. Many stores are closed. Movement has been restricted somewhat in certain areas.
Indonesia Export is still open and orders are still running. We are, however, much slower than usual as our company policy at this time is to avoid the office and warehouse as much as we can and, when onsite, to stay as far away from each other as possible. This means we’re not using our full complement of packers and office personnel.
We do still have the ability to:
- Receive and process new orders
- Monitor orders in progress.
- Quality control orders.
Product sourcing / finding & develop new products is a little slower at this time but still possible.
Additionally, we can photograph products and can help with ecommerce set ups (importing new products to web services and so on).
Please contact us if you have any questions.
And, of course, stay safe. Stay healthy.