Nouvarah Ahdiba

Nouvarah Ahdiba



The government exempted import duties and import taxes on goods for COVID-19 response to all parties, including the central government, regional governments, individuals, legal entities, and non-legal entities. "With customs and tax facilities, this is very helpful in providing goods for domestic needs," Director General of Customs and Excise Heru Pambudi said in a press statement here on Sunday. This facility was stipulated in Minister of Finance Regulation number 34 / PMK.04 / 2020 concerning Provision of Customs and Excise and Taxation Facilities on Imports of Goods Needed for COVID-19 Response. The new regulation was born in accordance with Article 9 and Article 10 of a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) 1 of 2020 which gave the minister of finance the authority to provide customs facilities for the import of goods needed in handling the pandemic of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The regulation, which was issued April 17, 2020, is an extension of the previous regulation for the provision of fiscal facilities based on Minister of Finance Regulation (PMK) 70 in 2012 and PMK 171 in 2019. However, he continued, the two schemes were still unable to solve problems in the field. With this latest regulation, imports of goods for handling COVID-19 such as imports of goods by the private sector that are used alone or imports of goods through individuals (shipment) and passenger luggage, are now facilitated. The facilities provided are exemption from import duty and / or excise, are not subject to Value Added Tax (VAT) and Sales Tax on Luxury Goods (PPnBM). In addition, the exemption from collecting income tax (PPh) article 22 on the import of goods for the purpose of handling COVID-19 both for commercial and non-commercial purposes. Heru added that in this latest PMK there were 73 types of goods that were provided facilities in the customs and taxation facilities. As for imported goods that are provided with facilities, namely shipments originating from abroad, goods through bonded logistics centers (PLB), or goods released from bonded zones / bonded warehouses. Then, the free zone or special economic zone, and companies receiving export-import facilities (KITE). To get this convenience, submissions are made electronically through the Indonesia National Single Window (INSW) portal or submitted in writing to the Head of the Customs Office where the goods are imported. The submission is excluded for importing shipments and luggage of passengers whose value does not exceed the cost of the goods only on board or does not include ship costs (free on board / FOB) 500 US dollars, so there is no need to submit an application. The application, he said, was enough to be completed with the shipping document or consignment note (CN) for the shipment or Customs Declaration for passengers' luggage from abroad. Even so, for shipment items, the facility is provided after the Postal Operator or recipient of the goods submits the Taxpayer Identification Number (NPWP) in the consignment note. Whereas if the value of the shipment or passenger luggage value exceeds 500 US dollars Free on Board (FOB), the exemption facility can still be provided as long as the application has been submitted and approved by the Minister of Finance through the Head of the Customs Office. The import documents used for shipments or passenger luggage that exceed 500 US dollars Free on Board (FOB), he said, use the Notification of Imported Special Goods (PIBK). If the type of imported goods provided by the facility is subject to the provisions of the import trade system, Heru continued, for convenience it is sufficient to attach a letter of recommendation for import trade exemptions from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) at the time of import or release of goods. However, if the imported goods do not exceed the amount stipulated by the trade system or the relevant ministry or agency and / or BNPB, there is no need to attach a recommendation letter on the exclusion of the import trade system from BNPB. Heru explained that the term of the facility is valid until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic handling period that is set by the BNPB.(ANTARA)




The Indonesian Government has launched a new slogan — ‘My face mask protects you, and yours protects me’ — as part of a nationwide campaign to encourage the use of protective face masks to curb coronavirus infections.

The slogan was unveiled by government spokesperson for the handling of COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto, during his regular press conference on COVID-19 efforts here on Friday.
Wearing face masks is one the preventive measures that can help contain the spread of COVID-19, Yurianto said adding, people must wear masks to protect themselves from being infected and to prevent transmitting the disease to others.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and many medical doctors in different parts of the world have also recommended the use of face masks in wake of the global pandemic.
During the press meet, Yurianto also provided the latest information on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, number of patients who have fully recovered from the disease, and the death toll.

As of 12 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB) Friday, Indonesia has recorded 5,923 confirmed cases, 520 deaths, and 607 recoveries, he informed.
With 407 new cases reported since the previous day, it is evident that coronavirus transmissions have continued, he added.

Yurianto urged people at large to uphold the spirit of "gotong royong" (mutual cooperation) to enable Indonesia to flatten the curve.

He also urged people to have empathy and show sympathy towards others by respecting those in self-quarantine; refraining from rejecting the bodies of deceased COVID-19 patients; and treating those diagnosed with COVID-19 symptoms humanely.

Yurianto also reminded all community members to follow a healthy lifestyle.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a national disaster in view of infections spreading to all 34 provinces in the country. COVID-19 initially struck the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019 and has since spread to several countries across the globe.

President Jokowi accorded national disaster status to the ongoing pandemic in a letter (number 12/2020) dated 13 April, 2020, which highlighted several points, including the appointment of head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Doni Monardo, to lead the COVID-19 task force.

The Task Force for the Accelerated Handling of COVID-19 will work on mitigating the impact of the pandemic through coordinated efforts with the concerned ministries, government agencies, and regional administrations, according to the letter.

The letter has also named governors, district heads, and city mayors as the heads of the COVID-19 task forces in their respective regions. While drawing up regional policies, they will be required to refer to the policies formulated by the central government.

Jakarta and several other cities in Indonesia have also imposed large-scale social restrictions and distancing measures to break the chain of the deadly outbreak. (ANTARA)



Indonesia on Friday showed its support for the World Health Organization's endeavors to combat the novel coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, by joining an international clinical trial for finding an effective treatment for the virus.

Indonesia's participation in the WHO ‘Solidarity' clinical trial which would involve testing medicines on COVID-19 patients in the country indicates its support for the international body, said Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi during a virtual press conference here on Friday.

Marsudi said the WHO is building international cooperation for sharing information and charting preventive and emergency response measures in the health sector. The clinical trial would involve at least 900 COVID-19 patients in 90 countries.

At the press conference, the Foreign Minister also highlighted the importance of supporting the spirit of multilateralism for safeguarding the common interest of all nations across the world amid concerns over the coronavirus.

"Indonesia has kept voicing the spirit of solidarity and global partnership in fighting COVID-19 at various international forums," she pointed out.

According to the official WHO website, the ‘Solidarity’ trial would compare four treatment options against the standard of care to assess their relative effectiveness against COVID-19.
"By enrolling patients in multiple countries, the ‘Solidarity’ trial aims to rapidly discover whether any of the drugs slow disease progression or improve survival. Other drugs can be added based on emerging evidence,” the WHO stated.

Until there is sufficient evidence, the WHO cautioned physicians and medical associations against recommending or administering these unproven treatments to patients with COVID-19, or people self-medicating with them.

The WHO also expressed concern over "reports of individuals self-medicating with chloroquine and causing themselves serious harm."

Considering the fact that COVID-19, which initially struck the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, has spread to all 34 provinces of Indonesia, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) declared the coronavirus outbreak a national disaster.

As of 12 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB) Friday, Indonesia reported 5,923 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the number of deaths reaching 520. As many as 607 patients were discharged from hospitals after fully recovering from the infection. (ANTARA)




President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has forecast the tourism industry to boom in 2021 after the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak ends.

Jokowi voiced his optimism while chairing a virtual limited meeting of cabinet ministers held to discuss efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the tourism and creative economy sectors from the Merdeka Palace here on Thursday.

"I believe this is only until the end of the year. However, there will be a boom in the tourism sector next year," President Jokowi remarked.

The head of state believes that next year, all would be eager to head outdoors and enjoy the scenery after being compelled to stay at home owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hence, the president has called on every stakeholder in the tourism industry to remain upbeat.
"That optimism must continue to be raised, lest we get trapped in the wave of pessimism owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Otherwise, we would fail to properly capitalize on the boom that might emerge after the COVID-19 pandemic is overcome," he emphasized. (Antara)

The head of state called on the tourism ministry and other stakeholders to make preparations to reap benefits from the tourism boom next year.

Jokowi has also called for economic stimulus to be offered to businesses in the tourism sector and ensure it runs well, so that the tourism industry would survive and not conduct massive layoffs.(Antara)