Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno said the island of Bali will be the first location for implementing a travel bubble.
The travel bubble is a special flight corridor cooperation or Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA). This step is being taken to aid recovery in the tourism sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
To support this implementation, Sandiaga said that up to 70% of the Balinese population will be first to receive vaccines.
“There are 4 million (people) in total. If we prioritize Bali, 70% can be vaccinated. This will be like New Zealand which can be secured,” Sandiaga said in a virtual discussion on Sunday (3/1).
Sandi said the Indonesian government is waiting for Singapore’s readiness to implement a travel bubble. “If Singapore is ready, we can pair it with Bali,” he said.
Even so, Sandiaga noted that health protocols will still be strictly enforced, including conducting mandatory swab tests to enter Bali, so that further transmission of the corona can be prevented.
Sandiaga explained that the tourism sector and the creative economy were the sectors most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result of this, the number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia during 2020 decreased by 70.5% compared to 2019 or from 12 million to 3.56 million foreign tourists.