Is it Safe to travel to Lombok?

We will be posting regular updates to this page to keep you informed of the situation in Lombok and the Gili Islands, detailing the response to the Coronavirus in the region. As soon as it's safe to travel to Lombok again, you’ll see it here first!
 
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Last Updated: 12/08/2020
 

Cases overview in West Nusa Tenggara (Lombok being the most populous):

  • Confirmed: 2316
  • Recovered: 1437
  • Deaths: 125

 

Lombok Corona News

There are only a few cases of coronavirus reported on Lombok, however the government decided to take strict protective measures to avoid spreading the virus. People are asked to keep at least a 1.5 meters distance from each other. They are asked to avoid crowds. The Police regularly conducts information activities to educate the community to imporve hygene and prevent the transmission of COVID-19. 
 
The Island is now closed for tourists. This is having a catastrophic effect on the local economy. Residents coming home from outside the region must self-quarantine for 14 days. Lombok International Airport in Central Lombok remains open for domesitc use only. Airlines offering domestic flights to Lombok spray their aircraft fleet with disinfectants and offer hand sanitizer and health education for passengers. 
 

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Gili Islands Corona News

There are no reported cases of COVID-19 in the Gili Islands. However, to prevent the spread of the virus, the Islands are currently in a partial lockdown. The three islands are temporarily closed to international tourists. Public areas are being regularly sprayed with disinfectant. If you leave the the Gilis, you can only come back if you live there, and you must observe a 14 days quarantine. Supplies for food and water are still being provided by regular boats from Lombok. People are asked to keep social distancing.
 
Our friends over at Manta Dive Gili Trawangan got interviewed & featured on Sky News, reporting from the island during lockdown. Check it out!
 
Before the fast boats temporarily stopped running, health officials were running health screening at Bangsal Port in Lombok for all passengers on their way to the Gili Islands. They took the temperature of the passengers as an effort to prevent the epidemy to reach the Gili Islands.This will probably continue once speed boats start running for tourists again. 

The three Gili Islands have re-opened on June 20 for domestic tourism. The Gili Islands will be the pilot project to start a "new normal" and will hopefully be an example for other tourist destinations in Indonesia. Tourists will be required to show a Covid-19 health certificate or rapid test result. They will also have to wear a mask. Strict health protocols will be carried out by hotels, restaurants or other tourism businesses. 

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What can we do to help the locals?

The tourism industry is being badly hit by the pandemic. In 2018, the region was hit by the worst earthquake tragedy in living memory, causing tremendous suffering. This year, the local economy was finally expected to begin recovering towards normal levels - however these hopes have now been utterly shattered by the Coronavirus. People are losing their jobs and going hungry. A way to help the locals is to consider rescheduling your trip instead of cancelling it for a refund, so that at least some businesses can survive this downturn and continue to provide work. 
 
You can also consider purchasing gift cards or using social media to share your travel experiences in the region and help others stay positive. 
 
When it is safe to travel again, you might consider visiting more of the region that you previously planned. 
 

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Contact information

If you had a fast boat booking for travel in the next few months or for other destination-related questions, feel free to contact us directly if you wish to reschedule your trip. We also invite you to consult our Terms and Conditions if you have any questions regarding a cancellation.