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Indonesia does away with PCR tests and eases mask-wearing rule.

 

Indonesia has removed pre-flight PCR or ART tests for inbound International and Domestic travelers, including returning Indonesians. Masks are no longer required for vaccinated people in non-crowded outdoor spaces. Arriving travelers will only need to undergo a health check at the airport for any Covid-19-related symptoms.

 

The Circular Letter issued by Indonesia Covid-19 Task Force on May 18 stipulated that travelers must comply with the new health protocol: download the PeduliLindungi tracing app, show proof of their second Covid-19 vaccination obtained at least 14 days prior to departure, and have insurance covering Covid-19 medication and evacuation to referral hospitals.

 

For international arrivals to Indonesia:

The main change is that the remaining PCR test prior to arrival has been removed for fully vaccinated travelers.

 

The latest procedure and requirements for entering Indonesia are:

  • Depending on the nationality, visitors must present a B211A visa approval letter or request a VOA (Visa-on-Arrival). The list of 72 countries eligible for VOA remains unchanged (updated 30May’22)

 

  • Physical or digital evidence in English that shows the visitor is fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure (no booster necessary)

 

  • Children under 18 years are exempted from this rule

 

  • Download the PeduliLindung application and complete travel details.

 

  • Proof of ownership of health insurance covering COVID-19. No minimum coverage is mentioned in the latest regulation but we recommend a minimum coverage of US$ 25,000 (or equivalent in other currencies)

 

  • Upon arrival, no PCR testing or quarantine is necessary if the body temperature is below 37.5 degrees Celsius.
    A PCR Test and 5 days of quarantine are ONLY necessary if the temperature of the visitor is above 37.5 degrees Celsius.

 

This policy is eligible for entry through the international airports of Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Batam, Bintan, Manado, Lombok, Medan, Makassar, Yogyakarta, Banda Aceh, Padang, Palembang, Solo, Banjarmasin and Balikpapan, and all international seaports.

 

The cost of a Visa on Arrival (VOA): IDR 500,000 (approx. 38 USD) and can be paid on a credit or debit card. Cash is accepted in EUR, GBP, AUD, USD, SGD, and IDR.


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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not the only marine trash vortex – it’s just the biggest. Researchers from The Ocean Cleanup project claimed that the patch covers 1.6 million square kilometres. The plastic concentration specifically is estimated to be up to 100 kilograms per square kilometre in the centre, going down to 10 kilograms per square kilometre in the outer parts of the patch.

The Atlantic and Indian Oceans both have trash vortexes. Even shipping routes in smaller bodies of water, such as the North Sea, are developing garbage patches. But the biggest vortexes in the ocean comprise of five spaces: one in the Indian Ocean, two in the Atlantic Ocean, and two in the Pacific Ocean.

IT IS NOT LIKE AN ISLAND OF DEBRIS WITH ITEMS TOUCHING ONE ANOTHER.

ON THE CONTRARY!

It’s more like a slimy, gelatinous, plastic soup, where the plastic has dissolved in the water to the extent that it is now a chemically rich, toxic film that floats near the surface with particulates of plastic of various sizes in it.

The amount of debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch accrues because much of it is not biodegradable. It consists of high concentrations of plastic, chemical sludge, wood pulp and other debris. Some would expect to see it from a satellite photo, since we are talking about the biggest garbage patch on the planet, however this is not true. Because of its low density (4 particles per cubic meter) – it’s difficult to see via satellite imagery.

The area in the center of a gyre tends to be very calm and stable. The circular motion of the gyre draws debris into this stable center, where it becomes trapped. The seafloor beneath the Great Pacific Garbage Patch may also be an underwater trash heap. Oceanographers and ecologists recently discovered that about 70% of marine debris actually sinks to the bottom of the ocean.

About 54 percent of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from land-based activities in North America and Asia. The remaining 20 percent of debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from boaters, offshore oil rigs, and large cargo ships that dump or lose debris directly into the water. Some of the strange things found in these gyres were computer monitors and even Lego!

Can we clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

The simple answer is – no, it’s not that easy.

There is a lot to consider and many companies have been looking into innovative ways to try and clean up the Great Pacific Gyre. One such initiative is The Ocean Cleanup who developed a full fleet of cleanup systems in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which aims to clean up 50% of its plastic every five years.

There are counter-arguments however that the time and energy it takes to collect and return the waste could result in large amounts of greenhouse gases and carbon, and called for organisations to do more to stop litter entering oceans in the first place.  The marine life is also a concern with this kind of devices, especially the smaller floating plankton that many creatures depend on.

What is the impact of Garbage Patches on the environment?

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