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Bali Governor Says That G-20 Cancelation Was Because Of The Quarantine Policy

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Bali Governor I Wayan Koster has admitted that the cancelation of the G-20 event in Bali was caused by the current quarantine policy.

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Koster explained that the G-20 event called ‘Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting (FCBD) 2 and Finance Minister and Central Bank (FMCBG)’ scheduled to be held in Bali from February 15th to 18th 2022 had been officially canceled.

The central government decided to move the event to Jakarta for an easier meeting process.


The cancelation was initiated as the delegations of the G-20 conference are required to undergo quarantine in Jakarta. “The government initiated this so all attendees of the G-20 can have easier access to the venue once they finish their quarantine in Jakarta,” Koste said on Thursday (21/1).

The majority of attendees agreed upon the cancelation in an effort to reduce the risk of Omicron transmission.

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However, the central government, through the Ministry of Finance, ensured that Bali would still be the main venue for the G-20 events to be held in October 2022.

“The Minister of Finance’s decision to move this one event to Jakarta is understandable. Nonetheless, Bali will still be the main venue for the other G-20 events on October 2022,” Koster concluded.

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Alforno Reeson

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

I believe G20 delegates do not have to quarantine under current rules. Another report said that since a lot of delegates opted to attend online due to omicron, it was deemed easier to just handle the event in Jakarta. So what's the real story Governer ? And when are you going to allow foreign tourists to visit Bali ?

Paul Speirs

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

So more money for jackarta and none for bali. Wake up government and just realise that all the money is going to jackarta and this little island is going to the dogs while this stupid quarantine is in place

Wayan Bo

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

@Paul Speirs, at least after this comment Bali’s independence is becoming a issue.

Maureen Muntz

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

I agree get rid off this qarantine, we are all fully vaxed, and this visa is a rort, i paid 600 australian doller,s and im still waiting to see if i get it, its all about money, not helping the poor peaple in bali, shame on you indonesia shame, the reason im going is my bali famaly are suffering, and need my sapport, im 67 years old, and not in good health, but i need to help them, so do something about these rules and peaple will come


Monday 24th of January 2022

@Maureen Muntz, Australia is now on the high risk destination level 4 Do not travel by the CDC. Do you think Indonesia will let you in right now? Stop being a grumpy old person. Stay positive will you and haven't you learned from living and visiting Indonesia. You could learn more of their spiritual awareness regardless of religion or ethnicity to move forward and things will fall in place for the greater good.

Wayan Bo

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

@Maureen Muntz, behavior against Aborigines is well known, even by poor people in Bali and elsewhere.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Perhaps they have information that Bali will emptying there pockets. Anyway, highest mobile standard is still G5 and not G20.


Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Earlier report has suggested that the event should be cancelled due to the Omicron surge worldwide. This was forthcoming anyway. However the truth comes out now with the participants not interested to be quarantined. Well that remains to be seen actually should the delegates be exempted from the quarantine procedure during that time period. Everyone knows of the quarantine mandates in Indonesia anyway like it or not. It has kept the numbers down so far though.

Nonetheless it makes perfect sense with the current pandemic conditions to deliver a global in person meeting could jeopardize the health and safety of everyone involved.

The World Economic forum's annual meetings was also deferred in Davos, Switzerland in light of the continued uncertainty over the Omicron outbreak. It was scheduled in January 2022. Stringent health protocols laid out for the meetings, the transmissibility of Omicron and it's impact on travel and mobility have made deferral necessary.