Bali officials have announced that among all the countries that will be prioritized to join the travel bubble arrangement with Bali, Australia is not one of them.
Bali Vice Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) said that during the preparation stage to reopen the international travel corridor that is expected to be established by June or July of this year, he confirmed that Australia is no longer the top priority for Bali tourism.
“When the central government finally reopens our border, we may not see any Australians to visit Bali anytime soon,” Cok Ace said on Tuesday (6/4).
Cok Ace explained that the reasoning behind the arrangement is that the Australian government doesn’t plan to allow their citizens to travel outside of their country for quite a long time.
“We didn’t see any chance that the Australian government would allow their citizens to travel outside of the country, including to Bali anytime soon,” Cok Ace added. The central government is now focusing on arranging the travel bubble with other countries such as the Netherlands, China, Singapore, and UAE.
“We’re still trying to communicate the travel bubble arrangement with several other countries apart from those 4 appointed countries, but we won’t reopen our border until the Covid-19 vaccine is distributed to the majority of the population in the island” Cok Ace concluded.
Meanwhile, Cok Ace also targeted the majority of residents in Jembrana, West Bali to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in the near future because the region is part of the main entrance for domestic tourists to gain access to visiting the island through Gilimanuk Port in Jembrana.