The Bali Provincial Government is targeting foreign tourists from four countries with the plan to re-open Bali’s international borders in October 2021.

This was conveyed by the Deputy Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) on Monday (27/9/2021).

“We have noted several countries based on their (typical) length of stay in Bali. There are about four countries, namely America, England, Germany, and Russia, who on average stay in Bali for two weeks,” said Cok Ace on Thursday (30/9/2021).

These countries will still be adjusted to the policies of the central government. Cok Ace also admitted that Indonesia would be stricter in determining foreign tourists permitted to enter the Island of the Gods.

On Monday (27/9/2021), Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said his party was using quality and sustainable strategies to achieve the tourism and creative economy targets in 2022.

“The target by segment are tourists who stay longer and spend more,” said the minister.

In addition, he also said that foreign tourists who will be permitted to enter Bali are tourists who are healthy and vaccinated against Covid-19. They must also be willing to follow established procedures.

Cok Ace explained that his party had prepared a plan from arrival to departure for foreign tourists in Bali.

“We have also prepared a grand design scheme for foreign tourists in Bali, starting from the arrival gate, testing – those who are positive will be referred to the hospital, while those who are negative will continue their journey to quarantine hotels, with travel schemes for departure to their country of origin,” he said.

Tourism operators in Bali have also prepared themselves. Currently, there are more than 2,000 hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions that have obtained the CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, Environmental Sustainability) certification.

In order to anticipate the possibility of increasing Covid-19 cases on the Island of the Gods, several schemes are also in place to allow tourism to create new Covid-19 clusters.

For the first scheme, the acceptance of foreign tourists will be applied throughout Bali only if Covid-19 cases can be controlled. This is related to the Covid-19 vaccination program in Bali.

In addition, foreign tourists shall only be permitted to travel within designated green zones if Covid-19 cases rise. The green zones are in Sanur, Ubud, and Nusa Dua.

Finally, if the green zones can accept foreign tourists due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, the scope of movement of the area that can accept them will be narrowed.

Author: HL

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