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Bali Will Still Require All Vaccinated Travelers To Be Tested

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Bali officials have confirmed that vaccinated domestic travelers still need to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test to gain entry into the island. As there is no evidence of the vaccine stopping virus transmission, Bali aims to test all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to control the spread of the pandemic. This will also apply when the borders do reopen to international travelers.

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The Head of Bali Health Agency, Dr. Ketut Suarjaya addressed this issue, as many people questioned the policy thinking they would not need to test once being injected.

“So, to distinguish that this vaccination is actually an attempt to provide immunity to the body, but the virus can still enter. If people who have been vaccinated are exposed to Covid-19, the transmission is likely to be three times less, and if the virus enters it will usually be less symptomatic, lighter than people who are not vaccinated,” Dr. Suarjaya said on Thursday (18/3).

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He also explained that people still need to be tested prior to their departure as an entry requirement to visit Bali island. “These tests are required as a prevention step from the government to avoid transmission, as they’re more likely to be the carriers of the virus without any symptoms and create a transmission while visiting the island” Suarjaya added.

Meanwhile, Suarjaya is now still waiting for another vaccine supply from the central government to continue the vaccination program in three prioritized areas in Bali such as Ubud, Nusa Dua, and Sanur.

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Additionally, he also said that Bali is expected to receive 340 thousand doses of Covid-19 vaccines in near future. “The second phase of vaccine distribution is still on while we’re waiting for another 340 doses of vaccines, so the process can simultaneously run with 12,000 people vaccinated each day on average” Suarjaya concluded.

The vaccination program in Bali has been receiving a good response. Many people are enthusiastic to get vaccinated in support of the government’s plan to reopen the border when herd immunity is achieved.

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Wayan Bo

Saturday 20th of March 2021

Trust is good, but control is better.

Martina Erikson

Saturday 20th of March 2021

So if the vaccine is basically useless, why did they destroy 95% of the amazing Balinese people's lives? So now in order to travel from Switzerland my home it means that the intellectual elite who run Bali have deemed that we must take a CPR test before we leave and then another on arrival? Is that correct? This means that even you have the flu or a common cold the CPR test will give you a positive COVID result. IF I ARRIVE IN Bali and I test positive with my 4 children and husband, what happens then? NOBODY WILL EVER COME TO BALI EVER AGAIN IF LIKE THIS. I better travel to Thailand, they don't need a CPR test there in entry.


Sunday 21st of March 2021

@Martina Erikson,

CPR from the Star Wars? 🙏😂 Just a good advice: If you really wanna be precise, you should write the exact name of the test! 😂 PCR!

Btw... we are living here since 10-11 years... Poor Bali and local people are suffering and still goes on.. if the government and president and all the staffs around them really wanted to help them... they should do that from the beginning.. but ofc.. like Indonesia and other countries around the world seems like they piss off everyone. Just ask yourself deep inside: who wants to see you happy, successful? Who wants to do a favor for you? :) no one.. 21. Century and so egoistic world... can’t control anymore.. but the Media!

Just summarize few “bleeding” problems around here:

1. Super low economy/education, how do you wanna fix this? Based on tourism everything and without “Money inject” just stuck the rollin “black money” here won’t solve the problem... if big Jakarta, Surabaya people invest and build the economy is gonna be close to zero. Need fresh money and support, which is happening but at different level, only the 0,0001% can get that ;) .

2. Long-haul flights banned... until 23-24 Im sure... few of them gonna operate like singapore airlines the other big companies would wait and see how its going on... as long as business class, first class, premium economy tickets 0-50% booked only... just waste of money and we talk about millions of dollars.. and have to pay for your charter spots for 2 years and even the policy would be more strict. So which company would be first? Same time all? :) forget about it... be realistic and think about.

3. Vaccination: when is gonna be totally universal? As long as political question and they control over and over independently from each country won’t fix this problem... Segregation law is happening in Europe , get digitalized cards for everyone like for the dogs! Vaccinated with original book for sale! 😂🤪 nice future... so would be three groups vaccinated, non vaccinated and dangerous (can spread) ... my only question and let everyone think about: if the person next to me vaccinated (and all the politics and world leaders are forcing you with a big smile to get vaccinated because thats the only way how you can survive and protect your health... ) and if I don’t wanna take this shot.. how can I be dangerous for that person? ;) I didn’t say the corona is not real... was here many years ago.. also.. I got 2 times and didnt feel anything.. even my allergy was worse when I was a child..lot of friends of mine passed away also, thats true... so made in laboratory of course.. cause riot, fear and others.. and if you are able to get any serious sickness like cancer or whatever you could get with this well determined virus... its just a highlight how unhealthy, egoistic, selfish the whole world.. and brainwashed.. and sad at the same time how badly the people need a leader, it really doesnt matter a devil or an angel.. they need commands and plans what and how to do. So if you protect your health , do sports, eat healthy and so on a lot easier to get through this likewise everything. Which vaccine should we take? Who can confirm it that one is okay? :)

4. Financial problem for everyone: first of all most of the people here sitting on a shitload of black money which ones fell from the sky and they got luck... they are sitting on and dont wanna pay back even 1 IDR.. typical being human.. just say things and blame on the government and community everything.. so who’s gonna take this risk to travel worldwide to come here with a big family or kids? Even pay for the basic standard tickets more expensive and have to take these shit protocols.. which is raping everyone person by person and the final cost would be double or even more and still no one can guarantee for you nothing.

5. Quarantine: Indonesia in red zone.. so usually people come here for 2-3 weeks max.. even less and they have to spend at home the same time in self-prison... like they had a holiday... come on... even upon arrival you have to still go under quarantine and extra “really important” steps have to take.. ( OF COURSE JUST BECAUSE OF YOUR HEALTH THEY SAY! :) THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING RIGHT? )

... I could collect a lot more points but these are the basics... don’t misunderstand I love Bali, my family here, my heart and couldn’t even imagine a better life then here. But this place as powerful by the population and local people, as weak by a tourism.. sometimes to be the Nr.1 target in Asia doesn’t sound like a luckiest place.. so open the international airport and promise to the people a lot of things (just to be quiet) won’t solve the problem at all.. have to start everything from the beginning again, a lot faster but dead slow.

Last thing what I leave here to think about: if last year the world leaders are saying : we are planning and willing to do the lockdown for 2 years and vaccinating everyone..

what’s gonna happen?

Of course a civil war or a real world war.. but slowly, smoothly, carefuly dictate to the people month by month.. they still let the people to believe in the better future and dreaming about a better life doesn’t sound as horror right? :) Media is all the way the leader and we sadly totally led by these things since the beginning.

Conclusion: KARMA will treat about everyone well.. and the only thing can judge you. ;)

Rudolf Anton Maier

Sunday 21st of March 2021

@Martina Erikson, In Thailand you have to be in quarantine for 14 days if you are not vaccinated if you have been vaccinated you have to be in quarantine 10 days WHAT IS BETTER NOW???????