The Tourism Association has confirmed that dozens of travel companies across Bali have permanently closed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The Head of the Indonesian Travel Agency Association (ASITA) for Bali, Putu Winastra confirmed that a total of 157 travel agencies in Bali faced bankruptcy since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020. “According to our latest data, from a total of 407 travel companies across the island, 157 of them went bankrupt during this economic crisis in Bali.” Winastra said on Wednesday (6/10).
Winastra also explained that from a total of 250 travel companies that are still operating, only 100 of them are currently certified with the Clean Health Safety and Environment (CHSE) as one of the requirements for businesses to continue operating when the border reopens in the near future.
Apart from CHSE certification, travel companies are also required to maintain high standards of cleanliness during their operations.
“Travel companies are required to provide hand sanitizer and do temperature checks. While the staff must be vaccinated and test negative with rapid antigen tests to ensure the safety of their clients.” Winastra added. Companies are only allowed to bring their clients to tourist attractions that are already certified with CHSE to prevent Covid-19 transmission.
Meanwhile ASITA also stated that they have been waiting for the government’s instruction in regards to the integrated operation procedures for receiving international visitors from selected countries such as New Zealand, South Korea, Abu Dhabi, China and Japan when the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport starts receiving international flights on October 14th 2021. “We’re still waiting for proper procedures from the central government regarding how to handle the visitors once they land at the airport.” Winastra concluded.