The Indonesian Tourism Minister, Sandiaga Uno has proposed the Covid-19 vaccine to be an entry requirement for both domestic and international visitors in the future.
During a virtual weekly press briefing on Tuesday (22/6), Sandiaga proposed the Bali Governor and the Health Minister to prepare vaccination based tourism for Bali as one of the efforts to increase the domestic visitors that was recently reduced due to the surge of Covid-19 cases in some areas in Java such as Jakarta, Kudus and Madura. “I propose to the Bali provincial government and Health Minister to give an option for domestic visitors to receive the Covid-19 vaccine upon their arrival.” Sandiaga said.
Sandiaga also admitted that this program was a direct order from President Jokowi as an effort to boost the Covid-19 vaccine distribution in Indonesia. He believes that this program could reduce the reluctance of domestic tourists to visit the island. Each domestic visitor is expected to receive the vaccine for free upon their arrival at Bali Ngurah Rai Airport.
Meanwhile Sandiaga explained that the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine to international travelers once the border reopens would be at their own expense. “Apart from the negative result from the PCR test, international travelers who haven’t received the Covid-19 vaccine prior to their departure are also required to be vaccinated upon arrival at their own expense once our border reopens in the future.” Sandiaga added. Sandiaga hopes that this program will help the tourism sector in Bali revive from the crisis as it has been rampant since Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020, causing most Bali residents to lose their income to provide for their family.