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Bali Vice Governor Asks Central Government To Add More Flights For Domestic Tourists

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Bali Vice Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace), has proposed that the central government add more flights for domestic tourists to Bali.

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Cok Ace asked the central government to add more domestic flights to Bali as tourism is slowly reviving. He emphasized the year-end holiday season when a large number of domestic visitors come into the island. The Tourism Minister himself admitted that all the flights to Bali were always fully booked.

“I just recently met our Tourism Minister and he admitted that all flights were full of passengers, causing many potential domestic visitors to postpone their trip to Bali,” Cok Ace said during a talk show about ‘Reviving Bali Tourism During The Pandemic’ on Friday (17/12).

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He mentioned that the Transportation Authority is required to evaluate this situation as Bali has been receiving an average of 13,000 visitors each day. Cok Ace also admitted that the Bali provincial government has been trying to communicate with the central government concerning the potential revision of the current travel restrictions. This is part of the effort to attract international visitors in the future.

After discussing this issue with the Tourism Minister, Sandiaga Uno decided to add another 250 visa applicants each day. Previously, they processed only 1,500 per day.

Bali tourists by the beach

However, Cok Ace still hopes that the current quarantine and flight policies could be revised soon as international visitors are a massive contribution to Bali’s economy prior Covid-19 pandemic.

“I don’t want to be picky, but we have to admit that domestic tourists tend to stay around the southern part of the island while international tourists tend to spread evenly across the island,” Cok Ace concluded.

Tourists arriving in Bali

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Maureen Muntz

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Get rid of the costly visa and qarantine , then you will see us austrailian,s and other,s come how dare you blame turist,s for not comming, its your disgusting rules that,s stopping us aand who will pay 400us doller,s to spend 10 day,s holiday in bali, its madness and pure gread by this guverment ,think about the peaple who are starving ,open up to the peaple who are vaxed that,s all that need,s to be done ,but as usual its all about getting as much money from us as possible, god help you bali and forgive this gready goverment good luck with your crazy rules


Friday 24th of December 2021

@Maureen Muntz, have you been vaccinated yet? You sound like an anti-vaxxer and an anti-masker trying push your way in.

J West

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

The Covid 19 pandemic has become the Omicron pandemic with the latest being far more virulent and transmissible than the former. Whether domestic or foreign the virus is not to be ignored. In Thailand shut downs are happening and quarantines are back. Plane loads of Haji and EU travelers are testing positive on landing. Good luck to all. One thing we Thailand expat residents worry about is the return of dangerous racist rhetoric by Thai officials. Last year there were many violent attacks on innocent foreigners ….everyone was made vulnerable by ignorant comments, especially as those recklessly and irresponsibly spewed by the Health Minister who called foreigners “ dangerous, dirty, stinking and never bath.”. He refused vaccinations to foreigners and ordered that hygienic masks only be sold to Thai….none to ‘farang’. At times like these we have learned not to trust our safety to the Thai government. Travel to Thailand is a consideration, not a free safe destination.


Friday 24th of December 2021

@J West, Have you aired your concerns on local Thai expat newspaper column instead on here ? It's ok to compare oranges and apples but how would that help when both countries are thinking on the same page (incompetence,greed and long term planning) going nowhere. Just saying.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

@J West, Thai King is living often in Bavaria, Germany therefore it’s possible that racism from Germany was exported to Thailand.


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Local tourist is not enought fOR Bali. 0 quarantine, and OPEN THE DOOR FOR ALL TOURİST. BALİ CİTİZEN WİLL NEVER FORGİVE YOUR MANAGAMENT...

Gregory Stegman

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Why is Bali taking so long to open up and allowing Australian tourists to visit without quarantine. Our country is almost at 90% double vaccinated and with Fiji, Singapore, Thailand and India welcoming us tourists, Bali is lagging behind. One of the largest travel companies is Flight Centre and they are currently taking booking to Bali from March 2022. However when one asks the staff about the likelihood of Bali opening they are extremely hesitant and suggest Fiji or Thailand for vacations. I’m travelling to Delhi in February and it seems bazaar that India with 400 Million unvaccinated citizens is open for us tourists that are fully vaccinated.

Neil gill

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

This must be the 20,000 tourist a day since 14th October... Let the back packers in that travel the whole island and share their money evenly amongst the stall holders and small bed and breakfast. And hire motor bikes,. You guys are dreaming that is what made Bali a tourist destination.