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.
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.
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.
“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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