The Badung Regency Government is proposing the central government open international tourism to vaccinated individuals. Badung officials suggest vaccine-based tourism will be able to bring foreign tourists back to the island. They also plan to install COVID-19 screening tools in public facilities, including tourist spots in Badung, while offering airport testing upon arrival.
Head of Badung House of Representatives, Putu Parwata said that Badung Regent requested the central government to reopen the border once the tourism workers in Bali are vaccinated in the near future.
“We’re waiting for further instructions from the central government regarding this program, and we plan to give access only to those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine,” Parwata said.
Badung has also initiated a more strenuous testing method, using a test kit called GeNose made by the medical experts from Gadjah Mada University that was approved by the government.
GeNose offers a quick, easy, and inexpensive method to test travelers entering all the tourism attractions. GeNose takes the sample from each individual by blowing some air into the testing kits, and only costs USD 1.4 (IDR 20,000) per test.
Badung officials plan to implement this method in every mall and grocery store in the Badung area.
“We could put these testing kits at the entrance of every public place to provide early detection. If anybody is confirmed positive with the virus, we could take another step to isolate that individual in order to stop the transmission,” said the appointed Badung Regent, I Wayan Adi Arnawa.
He plans to start the testing method inside Badung central government complex and tourist attractions across the Badung area.
“This is much more effective to provide a quick result to avoid transmission compared to the temperature checking that is currently being implemented in all public places,” Arnawa concluded.
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