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Bali Travel Agency has decided to continue the preparation stages of reopening the travel bubble amid the surging Covid-19 cases in hopes to prevent people from starvation.

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The Head of the Bali Travel Agency, I Putu Astawa said that despite the surge of Covid-19 cases in most of Bali’s regions such as Tabanan, Badung, Denpasar, Gianyar and Buleleng that are considered as red zones as well as Jembrana, Klungkung, Bangli and Karangasem that are still considered orange zones, he stands firm that the plan to reopen international travel corridor must continue.

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He explained that the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport is now preparing better procedures to welcome international travellers with strict and proper screening method.”We will assure that all visitors are vaccinated prior to their departure from their origin countries and they’re also required to show a confirmation letter which states that they’re free from Covid before applying for a visa.” Astawa said. Astawa also said that the border needs to be opened as planned in order to save the local community from starvation which could lead to an even worse situation in the future.

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“We realized that the situation is just getting worse for most people in Bali. People who have savings or assets may survive this situation, but right now we’re talking about the families who have been dependent on tourism to provide for their family, this is obviously very hard for them.” Astawa added. Meanwhile Astawa is being very supportive of the government’s plan to implement five days of quarantine for international travelers upon their arrival as an entry requirement. “However, I agree with the plan to implement a mandatory quarantine for travelers as a part of new normal regulation, because we all need to adjust with the current situation especially after the Covid-19 pandemic struck last year.” Astawa concluded.

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Alex

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

if Bali will require quarantine, no people will come, you can fly to Phuket, Zanzibar or the Dominican Republic and Mexico. pure variation, since I have a vaccination and a negative test - is it a joke ??? I will be very disappointed if she quarantines

Paul Morris

Sunday 18th of April 2021

This comment is for you Randy, I’m not the only person talking about people starving in Bali and how bad things are so just to enlighten you a little bit more the following is also happening. There have been many murders, robberies, suicides, divorces and children abandoned by their parents unable to feed them, government officials have been arrested for stealing money supposed to go to people who have no income and if that’s not enough you now have the governor of Bali asking the central government to not forget Bali and help a little bit late after nearly 12 months with no support don’t you think.

L.ynette De March Chelin

Sunday 18th of April 2021

Five days quarantine is way too long,what about people coming for 2 weeks?

Bunga

Sunday 18th of April 2021

Ah yes the good ole 5 day quarantine requirement backed by science. Or someone's idea of science...on another planet.

J West

Sunday 18th of April 2021

First consideration should be to guarantee the health of residents over the financial desires of the hotel, tourism and beer barons. If “ starvation” is really a priority then why haven’t the aforementioned super wealthy paid back by way of charity to the community some of the billions they’ve made over the decades. Those billions are in a few peoples bank accounts and glorious real estate holdings around the world. An organized charity is what’s required, funded by Bali’s super rich, and easily accomplished. Money, like Karma, travels in circles. You don’t want to live in a mansion surrounded by the ghosts of suffering masses you could have easily helped, but didn’t.

Second: of the many thousands of expats residing in luxury amid the super-natural elements that attracted them in the first place, who live a luxury life of ease and not working, flush bank accounts and rich parents providing perpetual trust funds... I suggest a surcharge on every expat that would go into a charitable to supply food to the “starving”. Let the expats make it voluntary, otherwise a smart politician will make it mandatory. Start at $1000.00 USD per month until the Covid Wave has passed?