Remco Vermeulen
Advisor - Indonesia
r.vermeulen [at] dutchculture.nl

COVID-19 Information for cooperation with Indonesia

COVID-19 Information for cooperation with Indonesia

On this page you will find information about consequences of the coronavirus for international cooperation with Indonesia.

Last update: 6 July 2021

General situation COVID-19

  • Currently the situation in Indonesia, specifically on Java and Bali, is out of control. Hospitals have reached their maximum capacity due to the influx of COVID-19 patients and there are daily reports on new infections and deaths. Since 1 July Java and Bali emergency restrictions ('PPKM') have come into effect. These regulations are in place till 20 July. The regulations includes:  
    • 100% working from home for non-essential sectors
    • Essential sectors such as energy, medical, security, logistics, transportation, food & beverage, construction and basic utilities are allowed 100% working from office with a strict health protocol
    • School activities online
    • Supermarkets and stores that sell daily needs are allowed to operate until 20:00 with maximum capacity of 50% for customers
    • All shopping centers and stores temporarily closed. Most museums and other cultural centers are closed.
  • Vaccination campaigns in Indonesia have been started up, particularly in urbanized areas. The current vaccination percentage is circa 5%. The main vaccines that are being used are Sinopharm, Sinovac (both not yet approved by the EMA), Moderna and AstraZeneca. 
  • Generally, the situation in Indonesia is difficult to follow. The pandemic is not completely under control. Measures are often relaxed as soon as official figures are improving, usually for economic reasons, or tightened again in the event of large increases. Vaccinating in Indonesia has started, using different vaccines.

Cultural & creative sector  

  • The Erasmus Huis, the cultural center of the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta, is closed until further notice. All physical activities have been postponed or canceled. Since summer 2020, the new online programming, e-rasmus huis, has started. This includes online performances by Dutch and Indonesian artists, both registrations and live streaming. 
  • Many museums, temples and tourist attractions, such as Museum Nasional, Borobudur, Prambanan or Jakarta's Old Town, Kota Tua, are alternately closed or open temporarily with maximum visitor capacity, depending on the PSBB of the moment.
  • Despite the circumstances, cultural institutions and makers are fully active. The artist collective Gudskul, for example, produces face masks for hospitals in eastern Indonesia. Komunitas Salihara offers a fully online program 'Stay A(r)t Home', which includes performances, presentations and workshops. Museums in Jakarta are experimenting with streaming webinars, workshops and tours through their social media. Several restaurants and cafes in Kota Tua now offer home deliveries of meals; a number of them have hired people who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Indonesian Heritage Trust (BPPI) organizes online sessions and trainings on heritage conservation in Jakarta, Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
  • The Borobudur Conservation Centre offers online restoration workshops, and young heritage professionals in Semarang give guided tours of historical sites via Zoom and Google Maps. Museum Ullen Sentalu near Yogyakarta makes its collection accessible via its website and social media channels. Artist collectives in East Java develop online exhibitions and discussions. WAFT Lab in Surabaya developed a simple technology so that people living in villages can disinfect themselves. The Pasirputih collective on Lombok has made instructional videos for making face masks, but also for growing vegetables and making jamu (traditional herbal drink); the collective also makes educational cartoons about the COVID-19 virus. The Jatiwangi Art Factory collective in Cirebon has created posters and herbal medicines, and is encouraging the government to creatively instruct people on how to deal with the current conditions.  

Cultural & creative initiatives between the Netherlands and Indonesia

  • It is currently not possible for Dutch cultural professional to travel to Indonesia.
  • The government of the Netherlands has issued exemptions for professionals in the cultural and creative sectors to travel to the Netherlands; here you find more information.  
  • During an online livecast organized by DutchCulture and Pakhuis de Zwijger on 14 May 2020, various professionals working and living in Jakarta talked about the situation in their city, and in particular in the cultural sector.

Dutch diplomatic missions in Indonesia

  • The Dutch Embassy in Jakarta informs and advises the Dutch community in Indonesia through this designated 'Latest COVID-19 Regulations Updates" page on its website, as well as through the information service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and through the embassy's various social media channels (follow 'NLinIndonesia' on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and 'Dutch Embassy in Indonesia' on LinkedIn).

Travel advice

  • For the latest travel advice to Indonesia, click here (in Dutch). 
  • The Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs has developed a mobile application for travel advice. By downloading this app (information in Dutch), you will receive updates if the travel recommendations for your country changes. 
  • Latest news about traveling to Indonesia you will find the website of the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague. 

If you have specific questions related to your project in this country, please contact our advisor Indonesia r.vermeulen@dutchculture.nl. For general questions you can get in touch with our Mobility Info Point: infopoint@dutchculture.nl.

See here for more information on Indonesia in the International Cultural Policy and the database with Dutch cultural activities internationally.

We make every effort to display and update the information on this page as correctly as possible. This information is not legally binding.