Bali officials have planned to reopen the international travel corridor for 4 countries once the border reopens in the near future.
Bali Vice Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) confirmed that as a response to the latest statement from the central government about the reopening plan on October 2021, Bali provincial government has begun their preparation stages, including choosing several countries that will be welcomed to visit the island once the border reopens in the near future.
“We have selected multiple countries such as Russia, America, Germany and England to start implementing the travel bubble program based on their length of stay in Bali. And visitors from those countries usually spend around 2 weeks on the island.” Cok Ace said on Monday (27/9).
He explained that this selection was based on the regulation from the central government, to anticipate Covid-19 transmissions from other countries that are still unable to handle the pandemic properly. Cok Ace also claimed that Bali is now ready to receive international visitors as the majority of Bali’s population have already been vaccinated. “According to the recent data, around 97% of Bali residents have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 75% of people have completed the second dose. The vaccination program is expected to finish in the beginning of October.” Cok Ace added.
Apart from that Bali has also prepared 62 hospitals to receive Covid-19 patients, and 25 laboratories to conduct PCR tests with the ability to test around 4,000 people each day. Meanwhile the provincial government has prepared 3 different schemes that might be implemented based on the situation such as :
– allowing tourist to access all the areas on the island if Covid-19 transmission is properly handled
– allowing tourist to access the appointed green zone areas if Covid-19 cases begin to surge
– Reducing the mobility of the tourist inside green zone areas if Covid-19 cases keep on surging
“Before reopening our border, we also need to prepare for the worst scenario to prevent Covid-19 transmissions to surge like in Singapore.” Cok Ace concluded.