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Covid-19 Vaccine Expected To Be An Entry Requirement To Bali

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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.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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Matthew Woods

Saturday 17th of July 2021

Thankfully in the UK we will all be Vaccinated twice by September. Just hope come Christmas that this alongside a Negative PCR test could result in No quarantine in Jakarta. At max 48 hours in Bali with a single pcr test in isolation at a hotel. Then if clear can enter. Last time it cost nearly £3000 with all the quarantine costs and pcr tests ans quarantine on arrival.

When usually it costs £500 return flights Plus 30 dollars for the Two month extendable visa. Really hope this can come back into affect and boost the economy of Bali and Indonesia. Through safe tourism.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 24th of June 2021

It’s better not to open borders for international travelers until WHO announce end of pandemic. - Further question will be what kind of vaccine, for example German chancellor Angela Merkel was vaccinated in April with AstraZeneca and day before yesterday with Moderna vaccine.

Ben

Friday 25th of June 2021

@Wayan Bo, which vaccine seems to be an important question indeed: Some european countries allow entry when vaccinated, but only by a limited number of vaccines, and this differs by country.

Some do not accept AstraZeneca, some do not accept Sinovac, Sputnik etc. This would result in a situation where people are vaccinated but cannot enter countries because they have the "wrong" vaccine. Also it's likely that no single vaccine is accepted worldwide, which begs the question: what to do? Medically it's dangerous to do 2 or 3 or more different vaccines twice.

Buaya

Thursday 24th of June 2021

I don't know how this would work. I needed 2 Moderna shots (a month apart) to be considered vaccinated. It's like the 5-day quarantine idea. What scientist did that come from? In my mind it's simple: If you're vaccinated and can prove it and test negative on arrival then you are good to go. Simple and straight forward.