The Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, admitted that he has prepared a scheme to reopen the tourism sector in Bali specifically in the green zone or in areas with minimal risk of transmission of Covid-19. The ‘Green Zone’ is a safe Covid-19-free area to receive international travelers in the near future as the border reopens.
Governor Koster said that the green zone area is prepared to allow both international and domestic travelers to visit the island during the pandemic.
“Myself and the Health Ministry agreed to open the green zone area, so both domestic and international travelers will be only allowed to visit these Covid-19 free areas,” said Koster during a virtual press conference through the official Health Ministry’s Youtube channel on Monday (1/3).
This scheme was launched in response to the latest official statement from the Indonesian Maritime and Investment Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan regarding the plan to reopen Bali for international tourists.
In order to accelerate economic recovery, Koster urged everyone including tourism workers to stop being reluctant in being vaccinated.
“I urge to all the people in Bali, especially in the tourism sector to stop worrying about the side effect of the Covid-19 vaccine, as the government has ensured that the vaccine is safe to be injected” Koster added.
Additionally, Koster confirmed that the Covid-19 vaccine has no major side effect as he has already been injected asks the people to support the government’s effort to end this pandemic as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister, Sandiaga Uno said that he has been observing the implementation of prevention protocols in the last couple of months since he set up his office on the island to supervise and find solutions for the tourism sector.
“After observing the Covid-19 cases in the last several weeks in Bali, I think it’s time for us to start reopening our border one step at a time for international visitors with strict prevention protocols in place” Sandiaga concluded.
He also stated that the plan to reopen the travel corridor was initiated after seeing an increase in the compliance level of Bali people to follow the prevention protocols in public areas.
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