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Bali And Japan Plan Reopening of Tourism Corridor

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The Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster, spoke with Indonesian Ambassador to Japan, Heri Akhmadi, to discuss resuming travel operations between Bali and Japan.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

During a virtual meeting on Monday (7/12), Koster stated “We have prepared and ensured that all the prevention protocols are implemented in all areas that might receive tourists, especially international tourists” Koster said.

The President Director of Garuda Indonesia Airlines, Irfan Setiaputra was also present. 

The meeting was held to highlight commonalities and come an agreement which would influence the central government to reopen the travel corridor between the two countries.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

Koster is confident in Bali’s health and safety protocols, enforced and carefully supervised by the Covid-19 Handling Task Force. The Task Force is also responsible for issuing the Clean Safe Healthy Environment (CHSE) certificate to operating businesses that pass the Provincial Government’s standard of operation.

Irfan supports the reopening and will look into providing a direct flight from Japan to Bali without stopovers if possible. Garuda is currently considered one of the safest airline carriers during the pandemic.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

Ambassador Heri Akhmadi also said that according to a survey among Japanese residents, over 80% chose Bali as their travel destination.

The Director of Europe International Affairs Minister, Ida Bagus Made Bimantara, said that the Tourism Ministry and Bali provincial government have agreed to continue qualifying Bali’s accommodations with the CHSE certificate to advance the reopening plan.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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