As the Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno recently designated Nusa Dua and Ubud as green zones, areas safe for international tourists, the two regions have begun preparations. “We are setting up COVID-free green zones, there are two regions proposed by all relevant institutions including the Regional Government, which are Ubud and Nusa Dua.” Minister Sandiaga said.
Government officials believe these two areas are ready for tourism as they have effectively reduced COVID-19 active cases in the past couple of weeks.
Sandiaga claimed that the plan is underway as the vaccine distribution program will be targeting 120,000 tourism workers.
He further noted that several areas in Indonesia, including Bali, have shown a good result from the community-based partial lockdown that is currently being implemented.
This was conveyed in a virtual meeting with the Secretary-General of International Affairs Ministry, Yohanes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo on Wednesday (3/3).
The meeting also involved several ambassadors from different countries around Europe, Middle East, Australia, and Asia. Minister Sandiaga hopes to collaborate with more countries to agree on a safe travel corridor in the future.
The Minister further stated that Bali would only reopen if it has low COVID-19 active case count and disciplinary protocols in practice.
He noted that traveling may not be the same as it would pre-COVID, but all protocols will be strictly enforced. Conclusively, the Japanese ambassador said that they will start allowing their citizens to travel in 2021, once the vaccination process is finished.
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