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Bali Tourism Association Cancels Rally Against Travel Restrictions

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The Bali Restaurant and Hotel Association has decided to cancel their plan to rally against the current travel requirements.

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The Deputy Chief of Cultural and Public Relations from the Bali Restaurant and Hotel Association, IGN Suryawijaya, confirmed that the plan to rally against the travel requirements was cancelled after a meeting with Bali Governor, I Wayan Koster.

“After meeting with the Governor and communicating with the Tourism Minister regarding our issue, we’ve realized that we have similar perceptions and goals. So this is not only about the rally,” Suryawijaya said on Tuesday (21/12).

Arrival of tourists

However, Suryawijaya explained that despite cancelling the rally, the Bali tourism sector still asked the central government to revise travel policies for international tourists, including :

  • Revoking the quarantine policy or appointing Bali as the quarantine island where visitors are able to choose their preferred CHSE (Clean Health Safety and Environment) certified hotels.
  • Allowing visitors to apply for the electronic visa (E-visa) without any sponsors or reactivating the VOA for countries with low risk of Covid-19 transmission.
  • Revoking the direct flight policy, as most airline companies might require several stop-overs in order to receive more passengers for their flights.
  • Allowing Australia and European countries to gain access into the island as they had the biggest contribution to Bali’s economy prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Reducing the insurance policy to USD $50,000 for international visitors.
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“A rally is not a solution as it might damage the image and reputation of our tourism sector in the international world,” Suryawijaya concluded.

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Heinz Schirmaier

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Still confused about the $50.000 health insurance, does this also apply to sponsored visitors?

Wayan Bo

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Immediately completely lockdown up from now seems to be more than necessary.

Alan

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Good to see that Australia is now mentioned and they realize how much we contribute to the Bali Economy. Our double vaccinated are now in the 90% and boosters are now happening. The sooner they allow us back then the sooner the economy will start to rise.

Roger Thomas

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Would someone please explain to me why it is safer to allow thousands of domestic tourists in from Java, which is rife with Covid, needing only minimal requirements than it is to allow in foreign tourists who would have had at least 2 vaccinations and maybe a booster together with a recent negative PCR test?

Heinz Schirmaier

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

@Roger Thomas, good question!

Philip

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

@Roger Thomas, please forward this mr Thomas question to the central government for comment.

Neil gill

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Wake up please health before wealth