Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021 – No Takers to Restart Int’l Flights to Bali

Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021One week after the Indonesian government formally announced the reopening of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to international travelers, aviation authorities confirm that no airline has commenced the process necessary to resume flights to the Island.

Efforts to stimulate the return of international aviation to Bali, including an offer of discounted landing fees from Angkasa Pura I, have failed to bear any positive results.

Quoted by Beritabali.com, I Putu Eka Cahyadhi, the Head of the Airport Authority for Region IV that includes Bali, said on Friday, 22 October 2021: “Until now, there have been none (applications to land in Bali). We have not yet received a single request.” He continued, saying he hoped that the official reopening of Bali’s airport to foreign international flights would soon see foreign tourists return to Bali and restart Bali’s economy. Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021

Taufan Yudhistira, the Stakeholder Relations Manager for Angkasa Pura I (PT AP 1), said the State-owned airport operator eagerly awaits airlines applying to fly to Bali. He also noted that no domestic or international airline had requested an international flight slot after more than nine days since Bali’s Airport was declared reopen to foreign flights.

Hoping to stimulate the return of international flights carrying foreign tourists, PT AP 1 has announced that no landing fees would be levied against scheduled flights by international airlines through 31 December 2021. From 01 January 2022 until 30 June 2022, landing fees for international carriers will enjoy a 50% discount on landing fees. Despite this incentive, not a single airline has requested permission to resume Bali flights.

 

Bali Tourism Opening 2021 – Waiting for Tourists to Arrive in Bali

Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021As reported by Kompas.com, although Bali formally announced it had reopened effective 14 October 2021 to visits by foreign nationals of 19 countries, hotel reservations and tour bookings from foreign sources remain very low.

The continuing lack of foreign travel bookings was voiced on 15 October 2021 by Pauline Suharno of the Indonesian Association of Ticket Agents (ASTINDO) and the chairman of the Indonesian Association of Hotels and Restaurants for Bali’s Badung Regency, Gusti Agung Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya. Both leaders of the tourism stakeholder association blamed the lack of international bookings on the sudden and last-minute way Bali’s reopening to foreign travel was announced.

Rai Suryawijaya commenting on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, said: “At the very least, (notice should be given) one month in advance. If we are going to open in November, the Government should announce that in October. If we’re reopening in October, then the announcement should be in September.”

Similarly, in her role as ASTINDO chair, Pauline commented that the sudden announcement of the reopening of Bali meant that foreign travelers had no time to plan their journeys.

Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy accepted Pauline’s characterization of the cause of very slow international arrivals in Bali. In a written statement to Kompas.com, the Minister said: “Foreign travelers need time to prepare their documents for travel to Indonesia. They also need to wait for scheduled international air flights from the airlines.”

The Minister also detailed how foreign tourists arriving in Bali must undergo an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 and prove they were fully vaccinated against the virus two weeks before they traveled. There is also the barrier represented by the lack of international flights operating to Bali at this time. For these reasons, said Sandiaga, even though Bali reopened for foreign travelers on 14 October 2021, this does not mean that foreign tourists would immediately begin to arrive. Adding: “They (the foreign travelers) need to prepare travel documents. They need to buy a ticket, obtain a visa, and make other preparations.”

Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021 – To persuade foreign tourists to return to Bali, the Tourism Minister urged the Island of Bali to prepare the Island following the CHSE standards (Cleanliness, Health, Security, and Environmental Sustainability). “Also prepare exclusive tour packages and services or organize mini-groups for foreign visitors so that they will feel safe and that all has been done to minimize the chance of virus transmission during their stay,” said Sandiaga.

 

Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021 – Travel Rules

Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021The National Task Force for COVID-19 (Satgas Penanganan COVID-19) has published a circular memorandum (No. 21 of 2021), setting forth the latest rules and regulations for domestic travel in Indonesia, effective 21 October 2021.

Published on the Indonesian Government COVID-19 Website the latest “rules of the road” for domestic travel in Indonesia are:

For long-distance air travel between Java and Bali and other regions with Category 3 and 4 COVID-19 ratings as stipulated by the Minister for Home Affairs:a.Travelers must possess an official vaccination card verifying that at least the first corona virus injection has been received.

  1. A letter certifying a “negative” RT-PCR testwas performed within 2 x 24 hours before departure. Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021

For long-distance travel by air, sea, or land using private or public transportation, water ferries, and trains to and from an area outside Java and Bali that the Minister of Home Affairs has designated as regions with Category 1 and 2 COVID-19 ratings, travelers must present a “negative” RT-PCR test performed within 2×24 hours before departure.

Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021 – Alternatively, travelers must present proof of a “negative” Rapid Test Antigen performed within 1×24 hours before departure.

  • For travelers traveling by land or sea on private or public transportation to and from the areas outside Java and Bali, involving regions designated by the Minister of Home Affairs as Category 3 or 4 regions must possess the following documents:
    • An official vaccination card verifying that at least the first injection has been received.
    • A letter certifying a “negative” RT-PCR test performed within 2×24 hours before departure or a Rapid Antigen Test done 1×24 hours before departure.
  • For long-distance travel by air, sea, or land using private or public transportation, water ferries, and trains to and from an area outside Java and Bali that the Minister of Home Affairs has designated as regions with Category 1 and 2 COVID-19 ratings, travelers must present a “negative” RT-PCR test performed within 2×24 hours before departure. Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021

Alternatively, travelers must present proof of a “negative” Rapid Test Antigen performed within 1×24 hours before departure.

  • For travelers traveling by land or sea on private or public transportation to and from the areas outside Java and Bali, involving regions designated by the Minister of Home Affairs as Category 3 or 4 regions must possess the following documents:
    • An official vaccination card verifying that at least the first injection has been received.
    • A letter certifying a “negative” RT-PCR test performed within 2×24 hours before departure or a Rapid Antigen Test done 1×24 hours before departure.
  • People undertaking routine travel using private or public land transportation (including trains) in what the government has labeled a municipal agglomeration zone are exempted explicitly from presenting proof of vaccination or COVID-19 testing.

All travelers in every region of Indonesia are personally responsible for their state of health.

All travelers are also required to use the government hand phone application PeduliLindungi. Travelers must also obey all existing health protocols that include using medical quality face masks, refrain conversing with fellow travelers or using their hand phones, and eating and drinking while sitting in public transportation on journeys of less than 2 hours duration.

Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021 – NusaBali.com reports that the number of domestic air travelers landing at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has increased following the Indonesian Ministry of Health’s decision to limit the price for an RT-PCR Swab test to a maximum Rp. 275,000.

Before the price cap, the average number of daily arriving domestic travelers was put at around 6,000. Now, following the reduction in cost for COVID-19 testing, that daily number has risen by 33% to approximately 8,000 passengers.

Taufan Yudhistira, the Stakeholder Relation Manager for PT Angkas Pura I (PT-PAP), confirmed that arrival numbers at Bali’s Airport rose dramatically after the cost of COVID-19 testing declined. Adding, on Thursday, 8 October 2021: “Soon after the upper price limit was stipulated in the Circular of the Ministry of Health, passengers arriving daily at Ngurah Rai Airport increased by about 2,000 people. Currently, 8,000 people are arriving each day.”

Continuing, the Bali Airport management company spokesman confirmed passenger bookings increased when the cost of an RT-PCR test declined from Rp. 495,000 to the new maximum price of Rp. 275,000. Re-Open Bali Tourism 2021

In calling for the reduction in the cost of COVID-19 testing in Indonesia, many members of the travel industry and lawmakers blamed greed and mismanagement for the high price of RT-PCR testing in Indonesia, pointing to the example of India where equivalent testing costs only Rp. 160,000.

Welcoming the increase in passenger numbers to Bali, Taufan called on the general public to comply with all health protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, ranging from wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, and the use of PeduliLindung barcodes and vaccine certificates.

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