Bali Governor Wayan Koster is requiring tourists who visit the Island of the Gods to have negative results from a PCR test or rapid test in their possession.

Koster signed a Circular concerning Requirements of Domestic Tourists for Visiting Bali. Domestic tourism to Bali will be opened up on July 31 for local tourists after being closed during the pandemic.

Head of the Bali Provincial Communication, Informatics and Statistics of Bali, Gede Pramana, said that results of the PCR test or rapid test are valid for 14 days from the testing date.

“One of the points that became the basis of the Bali Governor’s Circular Letter is that Bali tourism must prioritize health and quality aspects that provide more protection, comfort, and safety for tourists visiting Bali during the Covid-19 pandemic” Gede Pramana said on Tuesday (28/7).

Tourists who do not have PCR or rapid test results when arriving in Bali shall be required to take the test to prove they are Covid-19 free on arrival. This also applies to tourists who experience clinical symptoms of Covid-19 despite having negative test results or certificates.

For those who perform a rapid test in Bali and the test results are reactive, they shall be required to take a PCR test. While waiting for the results of the swab test, tourists will be placed in quarantine at a location determined by the Bali Provincial Government. Tourists that test positive from this PCR test will be treated at a local health facility.

“The cost of a swab test, rapid test, quarantine or health facility cost is the responsibility of tourists” he said.

Before departure to Bali, every tourist is required to sign up for the LOVEBALI Application. LOVEBALI Application instructions can be accessed on the website. Tourism accommodation businesses in Bali must ensure that every tourist has signed up for the LOVEBALI Application.

While carrying out tourist activities in Bali, tourists are obliged to implement Bali New Era Protocols in accordance with the provisions of the Provincial Government of Bali including using a mask/ face shield, washing hands with soap and running water or using a hand sanitizer, and maintaining the minimum distance requirement of one meters when interacting and sitting with others, as well as implementing clean and healthy living behaviors (PHBS).

“While in Bali, tourists are advised to activate the Global Positioning System (GPS) on smartphones for their protection and security. Travelers can submit complaints or problems while in Bali through the LOVEBALI application” he said.

Gede Pramana reminded tourists that they are obliged to comply with the provisions listed in the Government Circular. Those who violate the provisions will be subject to sanctions.

As of today, there are 3,310 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Bali. A total of 2,711 cases have been declared recovered and deaths remain steady at 48.

The majority of regions in Bali today are yellow zones or low-risk for Covid-19. However, Bali’s capital city of Denpasar is still declared a red zone or high-risk category. The Tabanan Regency is currently the only Covid-19 orange (medium-risk) zone in Bali.

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