The Bali Provincial government has started to prepare several hotels that will be used as quarantine facilities for international visitors when the border reopens.
Bali Vice Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) said that he has been communicating with several institutions such as the Immigration office and the Health Agency to appoint several hotels that will be used to isolate international travelers upon their arrival. “These hotels will accommodate the travelers as a quarantine house while they’re waiting for their swab test results.” Cok Ace said on Thursday (8/4).
He also explained that the Indonesian government won’t provide these facilities for free. “All entry requirements such as the swab test and quarantine house would be on their own expense, so they need to add those costs into their budget.” Cok Ace added. He also said that if the swab test shows a negative result, they will be allowed to continue their vacation on the island, but if it shows a positive result, they’re required to undergo quarantine at the hotel.
This quarantine policy is one of the prevention steps that the government has initiated to avoid a potential surge in Covid cases when the border reopens. Cok Ace also claimed that over 1 million of Bali’s population have received the Covid-19 vaccine. “Even though all visitors are required to be vaccinated prior to their departure, we still need to anticipate possible transmission from them. But I also hope that they don’t test positive with Covid when they land here.” Cok Ace concluded.