The Bali Tourism Ministry has explained that it is taking into account several considerations in preparation of reopening the travel corridor with select countries, The travel corridor is expect to be finalized and open by June-July 2021.
The Deputy Chief of Tourism Minister, Angela Tanoesoedibjo said that central government needs to consider these points before opening the corridor.
-If the countries where the visitors are coming from have properly handled the Covid-19 pandemic as the Indonesian government doesn’t want to increase the risk of transmission from tourists.
-Direct flight services need to be available between the two countries so the tracing and tracking will be easier.
The Indonesian government will be more focused on quality over quantity in their tourism sector, where they expect to receive visitors in a better financial situation hoping that they spend more and stay longer during their vacation on the island.
Apart from that, the Covid vaccine distribution is still the main focus of the central government for Bali. The Maritime and Investment Coordinator Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan plans to increase the supply of the Covid vaccine in Bali. “I’ve already told the Bali governor that 1.5 million doses of the vaccine from AstraZeneca are expected to arrive in Bali this month.” said Luhut during a virtual press conference on Friday (26/3).
Meanwhile the Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster confirmed that he aims to distribute the Covid vaccine to at least 3 million Bali residents (70%) before June or July this year. “We have a plan to distribute the vaccine to 70% of our 4.3 million residents across the island to achieve herd immunity by July this year in order to support the president’s plans to reopen the travel corridor this summer.” Koster concluded.