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Bali Hosts Meeting With Several Ambassadors To Discuss Travel Corridor

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Indonesian ministers hosted an event in Bali on Friday (26/3) called “Rethinking and Reinventing Bali Post Covid-19” with several ambassadors from different countries.

The event was held in the Kecak Ballroom of Sofitel Hotel in Nusa Dua and was attended by ambassadors from Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Netherlands and Russia. Each participant was required to get a negative covid test before attending. During the event, most of the participants explained that they expect Bali to ensure a high standard of implementing prevention protocols before they reopen the Indonesian border to both international tourism and international investment.

The Canadian Ambassador, Cameron Mackay said that Bali used to receive around 90,000 Canadian visitors each year before the Covid-19 pandemic struck over a year ago. Cameron is still optimistic that Bali will be one of the most attractive tourism destinations and ensured they would support tourism post pandemic. “We’re really impressed with all the efforts from the Indonesian government to revive Bali tourism by implementing some strict regulations and protocols.” said Mackay. Canada is being very careful in allowing their citizens to travel during the pandemic and will not take part in the travel corridor.

Meanwhile the Maritime and Investment Coordinator Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan explained that Bali was chosen to host this event to show the world how the government handles the Covid-19 pandemic on the island. “Bali is the representative of Indonesia, so we want to show the world how serious we are about handling the global pandemic here.” Luhut concluded. He also said that the central government will be quite selective in choosing which countries to open the travel corridor with in order to prevent Covid cases from surging when the border finally reopens.

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Paul Morris

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

All the countries you are talking about having a travel bubble with have all seen a substantial increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and many have gone into lockdown again. As much as I would love to see lots of tourists going to holiday in Bali unfortunately it’s not going to happen anytime soon, so please please help your own people give them some food and dignity so that at least when things get back to some normality they will be able to live a normal life and once again enjoy working in beautiful Bali.

J West

Sunday 28th of March 2021

I can comment on Canada as a Canadian. Bali must be very skeptical, even dismissive of any advice coming from the current Canadian government or it's representatives. Canada has the worst record of Covid Response efficacy of any country . PM Justin Trudeau has failed miserably and shows himself as a glaring example of incompetance. There is no vaccine in Canada. 25000 people have already died, thousands more will die under his fumbling administration. Covid case numbers in Canada are spiralling up and expected to hit 100,000 per day in April.

Wayan Bo

Sunday 28th of March 2021

As already Bil Gates sad in his recent interview gived to polish media, it's expected that the world come to normalization by the end of 2022.