The Provincial Government (Pemprov) of Bali has relaxed a number of entry regulations to the island during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Bali Provincial Secretary Dewa Made Indra said these changes were decided after a meeting with the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menko Marves) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

“In the meeting, the central government received input from opinions developing in the community. In the meeting adjustments were made,” said Dewa Made Indra at the Bali Office of Communication, Information and Statistics (Kominfo) in Denpasar on Thursday (17/12/2020) afternoon.

Dewa Made Indra said that the Circular letter of the Governor of Bali (Number 2021 of 2020) concerning the implementation of community activities during the Christmas holidays and to welcome the 2021 new year in this new era of the province of Bali, which initially took effect from December 18th, was postponed to December 19th.

For air travel, the validity period of the swab test results using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method, which was originally valid for a maximum of 2 days prior to departure was changed to a validity period of 7 days before departure.

“In the meeting, after input and suggestions, it was adjusted to a maximum of 7 days prior to departure. So this is a concession,” he said.

In addition, passengers aged 12 years and under are exempted from the PCR and antigen test results.

Dewa Made Indra added that the Governor of Bali also held a meeting with regional heads throughout Bali and other related parties on Wednesday (16/12/2020).

As a result, transit passengers and flight crews who do not disembark at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, shall be exempted from the PCR swab testing requirements.

Passengers who come from areas that do not have a swab test facilities using the PCR method are also excluded.

“After arriving at Ngurah Rai Airport, it is permitted to perform the PCR and antigen tests,” he said.

An exception is also given to aircrafts making emergency landings.

Previously, the Governor of Bali Wayan Koster issued Circular Number 2021 of 2020 concerning the implementation of community activities during the Christmas holidays and welcoming the 2021 new year in this new era in the Province of Bali.

In this circular, there are a number of conditions that must be met by the public who wish to enter Bali from December 18th, 2020 to January 4th, 2021.

In this circular, it was noted that each traveler must be responsible for their own health, and comply with the terms and conditions that apply.

If using air transportation, travelers must show a certificate of negative results from a PCR-based swab test at least two days before departure. Visitors must fill out the e-HAC (health alert card) on the website.

Visitors who use private vehicles by land or sea are required to show a negative result of an antigen rapid test at least two days before departure.

Certificates are valid for 14 days from the date of issuance. While still in Bali, tourists are required to possess a valid certificate.

Every tourist must also adhere to health protocols such as wearing masks, washing hands with soap, and limiting distances from others.

Tourists are prohibited from congregating in crowded places and limiting activities in public places.

Author: HL

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