Bali Open soon to 18 Countries
The States News Agency Antara and detik.travel.com both report that the Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments, who also serves the National COVID-19 Coordinator, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, has announced that with the reopening of Bali to international travelers, 18 countries are now permitted to operate flights to Indonesia,
Minister Luhut did not disclose the 18 countries permitted to operate flights to Indonesia, saying the Minister of the Interior would soon announce that list via a circular memorandum. In an earlier announcement, Luhut named five countries permitted flights to Bali: Japan, UAE, UK, China, and New Zealand.
Although unprepared to divulge the list of the 18 countries, Luhut did note that the Republic of Singapore would not be included in the coming list. Luhut’s exclusion of Singapore from the list is linked to “a failure to meet standards for level 1 or level anti-COVID benchmarks as set by the World Health Organization (WHO).”
On Sunday, 10 October 2021, Singapore recorded 2,809 new cases of COVID-19.
Luhut said the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia was on a continuing decline. He declared the number of daily new cases was down 98.9% compared to the peak hit on 15 July 2021. The number of deaths recorded on Sunday, 10 October nationwide was put at 39.
Meanwhile, Indonesian President Joko Widodo urges the public not to become complacent and to remain vigilant in applying and enforcing all health protocols.
Luhut noted that international flights to Bali were reopening before the Island achieved the lowest “category one” status for infections and deaths. The Minister said he hoped Bali could achieve a “category 1″ status in the coming week.
The COVID-19 Czar highlighted the Regency of Gianyar in Bali as needing improvement. He mentioned that the number of elderly citizens in Gianyar now stood at 38% and would reach 40% in the coming few days.
To reduce the possibility of a new surge in COVID-19 cases in Bali, the Government has set forth pre-departure requirements for countries and their citizens wishing to visit Bali.
Among the pre-departure requirements are:
- Originating from a country with a WHO COVID-19 Level of 1 or 2 and a positivity rate of less than 5%.
- Travelers must have in their possession a “negative” RT-PCR Test performed within 3 x 24 hours of their departure for Indonesia.
- Official proof of being fully vaccinated (2 x injections) completed a minimum of 14 days before their departure for Indonesia. The subject proof must be in English in addition to any other language used on the official certificate.
- Proof of insurance to a value of US$100,000 that includes coverage for care in connection with COVID-19.
- Proof of pre-paid accommodation from an accommodation provider in Indonesia or a third party.
Foreign travelers to Indonesia must also:
- Complete an E-HAC (Electronic Health Alert Card) using the online PeduliLindungi Smartphone Application.
- Undergo an RT-PCR Test upon arrival in Indonesia performed at the traveler’s expense. Traveler’s RT-PCR test Results will be sent to their designated quarantine hotel after arrival.
Quarantine Period Reduced to 5 Days
In a reduction from the former quarantine period of 8 days, arriving international passengers are now only required to remain in a designated quarantine hotel for five days. On the evening of the fourth day, an RT-PCR Test would again be performed. If the results are “negative” the traveler will be free to leave the quarantine hotel and resume normal activities beginning day five.
The five-day quarantine period applies equally to both Indonesian and foreign travelers.
Luhut said the shorter five-day quarantine period was decided after the incubation period for COVID-19 was recently calculated to be 4.8 days.
Bali to Prioritize 4 Foreign Markets
Bali Deputy-Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) said on Monday, 27 September 2021, that the Provincial Government has four specific nations it targets for visitors following the reopening of its borders in October 2021.
Quoted by travel.kompas.com, Cok Ace said: “We have already targeted several countries based on their length of stay in Bali. There are about four countries: the USA, the UK, Germany, and Russia whose citizens stay approximately two weeks in Bali.”
The targeting of tourist visitors from these four countries would still be adjusted in accordance with the policies of the Central Government. Cok Ace commented that the decision might be changed regarding which countries’ tourists to attract to Indonesia.
Bali Open – Earlier, the Indonesian Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Santiaga Uno, said his Ministry focused on attracting quality and sustainable tourists to achieve foreign exchange targets for 2022. Adding: “So the market segments we are targeting are tourists who stay longer and have a high level of spending.”
Sandiaga continued, indicating that the foreign tourists permitted to visit Indonesia will be people who are healthy and have been vaccinated against COVID-19. All visitors, he said, must be prepared to follow health protocols and procedures established by the Indonesian Government.
Bali Open – Cok Ace confirmed that the Provincial Administration has a plan in hand for welcoming foreign tourists back to Bali, covering every aspect from arrival until departure. “We have also prepared a ‘grand design scheme’ for foreign tourists in Bali, starting from the arrival gate and COVID testing. Those found ‘positive’ for COVID-19 would be referred to a hospital, while those tested negative would continue to a quarantine hotel. This tourism plan covers until the tourist departs back to their home country,” explained the Deputy-Governor.
More than 2,000 hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions in Bali have earned the government’s Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability Certification (CHSE). On the local level, the government has enacted a wide-ranging inoculation program for Island residents and established special tourism “green zones” with rigorous measures to ensure they remain free of the virus.
Bali Open – Hotels Providing Quarantine Services
In anticipation of Bali reopening its border to international travelers in October 2021, BaliPost.com reports the government is preparing standardized health protocols, including a list of hotels to provide quarantine facilities to arriving international travelers.
The pro-tem head of the Badung Regency Tourism Service, Cokorda Raka Darmawan, announced during a working meeting at the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) on Monday, 27 September 2021, that five hotels in Nusa Dua and South Kuta are prepared to provide quarantine services. Darmawan underlined to Balipost.com that the quarantine facility was not organized by Badung Regency but by the Central Government in cooperation with the Province of Bali.
Darmawan named the five quarantine hotels for foreign tourists:
- Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua
- St Regis in Nusa Dua
- Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort in Nusa Dua
- Novotel (Darmawan did not specify which Novotel – Benoa, Nusa Dua, or Airport)
- Mercure (Again, Darmawan did not clarify which Mercure – Legian, Nusa Dua, or Kuta)
Darmawan said passengers arriving on an international flight would be required to quarantine for eight days, after which, if testing negative for COVID-19, they would be allowed to leave the quarantine hotel.
Bali Open – Arriving passengers testing positive for COVID-19 would be provided medical care at one of three hospitals: Bali Mandara, Udayana University Medical Center, or The Sanglah General Hospital.
The Badung Regency Tourism Chief said recommendations had been made to the Central Government that the quarantine period be reduced to only two days after testing negative for COVID-19 both before departing to Indonesia and after arriving in Bali. “After testing ‘negative,’ travelers should be allowed to choose another non-quarantine hotel and begin their holiday. If, however, the test is ‘positive,’ then the traveler would be admitted to a government-approved hospital,” Darmawan said.
Bali Open – to Host G20 Summit in November 2022
The Indonesian Island of Bali will host the 17th international Summit of the Group of Twenty Summit (G20) scheduled for November 2022. The Summit will occur during Indonesia’s one-year presidency of the G20 that commences on 01 December 2021 and will end in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The Bali G20 Summit is expected to attract 6,500 delegates from 20 countries.
Bali’s Deputy-Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace) told NusaBali.com that the prestigious Summit represents an opportunity to revive Bali tourism following the COVID-19 pandemic. Cok Ace said the G20 would be attended by 38 heads of state and 60 ministers of state. In addition, the G20 Conference is typically accompanied by a large contingent of international print and electronic media.
Bali Open – The G20 is comprised of 19 countries representing leading global economies and the European Union. The Indonesian presidency of the G20, starting in December 2021, represents the first time that the Republic of Indonesia has led the grouping.
It is expected that the Bali summit will see Indonesian use its presidency of the G20 to pursue:
The promotion of economic resilience and global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Promoting Indonesia’s successful record on reformation and the creation of democratic institutions.
- Advancing a global leadership position for Indonesia on various international issues.
- Promoting Indonesia’s culture, tourism, and creative industries.
The Bali G20 Conference will be centered at the island’s world-renowned tourism enclave of Nusa Dua.
Cok Ace urged hoteliers to begin preparing to welcome the important G20 guests to Bali, expressing a concern that some hotels may have been poorly maintained during the pandemic that started in March 2020. To ensure Bali hotels are in prime condition to welcome the G20 delegates, Cok Ace said, “We have communicated to Jakarta the need to provide soft loans to hotel operators affected by COVID-19.”
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