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Bali Officials Refuse To Reduce Quarantine Time For International Visitors

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Officials from the Bali Health Agency have refused the proposal to reduce quarantine time for international visitors into only 2 days when the border reopens.

As a response to the request from the Badung Tourism Agency in regards to reducing the quarantine time for international visitors as The Bali Sun previously reported The Head of the Bali Health Agency, Dr. Ketut Suarjaya confirmed that the provincial government has rejected the proposal and will continue to implement the 8 day quarantine policy for all international travelers once the international travel corridor reopens in the near future.

Dr. Suarjaya was concerned that the implementation might cause another transmission of Covid-19’s new variant from the foreign visitors. “I totally disagree with that idea as the incubation period of Covid-19 transmission is more than 2 days. So we have to prevent the virus transmission, especially the new variant from getting onto the island.” Dr. Suarjaya said on Thursday (30/9).

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

He encourages everyone to be more patient, the quarantine policy for international visitors will remain the same where each international visitor is required to undergo 8 days of quarantine once they arrive. Meanwhile the provincial government has appointed a total of 35 hotels across the island as quarantine facilities and numerous hospitals to accommodate the travelers once the travel bubble program is implemented in October 2021.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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Larry

Monday 11th of October 2021

If Bali were open without requiring the high cost of an 8 day quarantine (estimated in excess of $1700 per person), I’d be planning to return as soon as possible. Not now however and this only hurts the small local businesses I frequent when visiting. Hope they get things opened up quickly! I imagine a very low response under this condition.

Paul Speirs

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

A total waste of time nobody is going to bali in the foreseeable future because of the stupid quarantine rules my as well close bali down for good

Ellen

Friday 8th of October 2021

@Paul Speirs, Corrrect

Curt Coleman

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

I understand the need for quarantine. It is a necessary tool to combat this virus. Having said that, 8 days will be for most people not doable. He might as well have said we're just going to keep the board is closed. There is a group of us, 15 in all who have planned to go to Indonesia at the end of the year. But we are not going to be in quarantine for eight days. We will instead go to Thailand. At some point common Sense should play a part in deciding how to make this work. 3 days, particularly those that have had the vaccine should be the most. But again common Sense does not seem to be a priority for this government. So off to Thailand we go.

Randy

Saturday 9th of October 2021

@Curt Coleman, good luck. Just read that vaccinated travelers allowed in Thailand with a reduced 7 day quarantine. Unvaccinated ones 10 day max quarantine.

Randy

Friday 8th of October 2021

@Curt Coleman, you think Thailand's govt has any common sense during this pandemic. They keep back pedaling back n forth on reopening with or without having to do quarantine. Sighs

David

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

Once again the empowered "health official", one person, makes decisions that disproportionally affect locals workers, which have been forced into further poverty. In the US the government prints money & hands it out to anyone with a pulse; however, in Indo there is no safety net. No checks and no rent deferment. My in-laws have lost their jobs and now I help support family members in Bali and Jakarta. The world "health officials" have told us that the vaccines work. Well if they work, why do we need mask or an 8-day quarantine? It seems the world has gone mad. If you look at the "data" on who is dying, it is primarily people that are over 75. We are not immortal and if we are at-risk due to old age, then government should double down on providing world class health care to the those at risk, but allow the rest of society to work and make a living. Children are suffering as well as suicides have increased. Is anyone talking about that? What about the number of people that will die due to poverty? What about the number of people that are kicked out of their homes and become homeless? If anyone talking about the other physical and mental health issues stemming from a world of isolation?

Albert Capone

Monday 4th of October 2021

I am a business owner, the maximum time I can spare a travel trip to bali is around 7 days each time and that is twice a year. I won't be going if I will be expected to isolate for 8 days.