The Bali provincial government plans to limit the amount of international visitors during the upcoming holiday season but has yet to see any significant amount of international tourists.
The Head of Bali Tourism Agency, Tjok Bagus Pemayun confirmed that the provincial government plans to limit the amount of international visitors as a prevention to avoid a third wave of Covid-19 transmission in Bali.
“We will only allow a total of 1,500 international visitors during the year-end holiday in December to prevent Covid-19 transmission in Bali.” Pemayun said on Tuesday (16/11).
Additionally, authorities will implement restrictions to 94 tourist attractions in 9 different regions across the island as an effort to reduce the risk of transmission . “We will implement restrictions as well as assuring the prevention protocols implementation by regularly inspect the Clean Health Safety Environment (CHSE) certification and PeduliLindungi tracing app utilization in those businesses.” Pemayun added.
Pemayun has also proposed that the central government revise their travel requirements for international travelers as well as reopening the border for visitors from additional countries
“We have urged the central government to reduce quarantine time to only 1 day and reopen our border for another 5 countries such as our main tourist markets of the United States, Australia, Russia, England and Germany to help Bali revive the tourism sector.” Pemayun concluded.
The Bali Sun has interviewed dozens of potential visitors and has confirmed that reducing the quarantine to one day may not make a difference. Jeremy Stanzick who is currently living in New Zealand says that he will still not visit due to the visa regulations.
“The Visa on Arrival program is suspended so it doesn’t matter what they do in terms of entry requirements,” Stanzick said. “The Bali visa process is still very difficult so I chose Thailand for Christmas.”
The Bali Sun investigated the current entry requirements which are far stricter than any other country open for tourism. Here are the hurdles a tourists needs to jump through
Be from one of the 16 countries which include:
United Arab Emirates
2. Find one of the extremely limited (if any) flights that are flying into Bali currently.
3. Valid VISA: B211A for tourism which includes providing evidence of at least US$2000 in a bank account. Additionally tourists will need to provide confirmation and a payment receipt from the accommodation where they are staying for the duration of trip including payment for a quarantine hotel. Tourists will also need proof of a return flight home booked.
Some visa agents may provide the service online for between $500-$1000 USD. Doing it on your own through an Indonesian embassy will cost around $55.00. If they are accepting appointments in your home country or not will be a different story.
4. Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure
5. Quarantine in a government approved hotel
Partially Vaccinated 5 days
Fully Vaccinated 3 days
7. Proof of full vaccination (physical or digital) in English
8. Health insurance/travel insurance coverage up to US$100,000
The travelers we spoke with told The Bali Sun they will not return to Bali until the visa on arrival program is resumed.
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