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Hundreds Of Australians Scheduled To Leave Bali On A Specially Chartered Flight

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Hundreds of Australians who have been staying in Bali during the Covid-19 pandemic will soon leave the island on a chartered flight.

    The Stakeholder Relations Manager of Angkasa Pura Ltd for Bali Airport, Taufan Yudhistira confirmed that hundreds of Australian citizen who have been stranded in Bali are scheduled to be transported back to Australian with Qantas Airways through the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport on Wednesday afternoon (18/8). “The Australian government has chartered a flight for its citizens who have been stranded in Bali during the pandemic to finally go home on Wednesday around 3:00pm.” Yudhistira said.

    Yudhistira explained that the Australian government has initiated this program to help their citizens who were unable to leave the island due to issues such as canceled flights, forcing them to extend their stay in Bali. Before taking their flight home, each passenger is required to get through screenings such as temperature and document check before continuing the process at immigration inside the Bali Airport. Meanwhile the Consulate General of Australia in Bali, Anthea Griffin really appreciated the Indonesian government for supporting this program.

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

  “The Australian government is really thankful for the support from both the central and provincial government of Indonesia to allow our chartered flight to operate and pick up our citizens through the Bali Airport.” Griffin said. Apart from picking up the Australians, this flight will also transport packages of medical support from the Australian government to help Bali further handle the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously, the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Marise Payne had stated that Australian government will send USD 12 million worth of medical equipment such as 1,000 ventilators, 700 oxygen concentrators, 170 oxygen tubes, 14,000 rapid antigen test kits and 2.5 million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to support Indonesia in overcoming the pandemic.

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

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Thursday 19th of August 2021

Where is all the vaccine going. Obviosly not going to westerners!!!


Saturday 21st of August 2021

@J West, That's more probable in Thailand. Your fat wallet counts and the older you look is even much better.

There is a vaccination program in Jakarta for all remainder expats (or visitors with extension of stay) to get vaccinated regardless of race, creed, gender or nationality. I know so...

And meanwhile in Singapore for those on short term pass can finally get a jab regardless of nationality, creed, gender or race. I know so...

J West

Friday 20th of August 2021

@Lingus, Yes, we “ westerners” have been shown the true nature of our “Asian Brothers” love for us after local governments refused vaccine to the paying guests. Here in Thailand we waged a loud international social media battle to be recognized as human when confronted by the Thai governments refusal to allow westerners and foreigners generally, any access to vaccine. Embarrassed Thai authorities , after nearly two years of aggressive protest, and losing face, are now very reluctantly vaccinated small groups of foreign guests. Certain Thai Ministers took to berating and insulting foreigners openly, thinking they might increase the nationalist xenophobia among an already racist leaning culture in their favor. Certain Thai ministers accused “foreigners” of spreading Covid when it was obvious the virus was locally spread by Thai people’s non-compliance with their rampant socialization. When government ministers were becoming sickened from contact in publicized prostitution venues and illegal casinos they were pushed back. In the past year ‘farang’ have rallied from being painted with pariah status and shunned by Thai authorities . Being a foreigner in Thailand has gone from feeling like a Jew in Nazi held Hungary to our slowly making inroads through the publicity of showing charity towards the affected Thai and Foreign Worker communities most effected. But, the damage is like a deep would. We foreigners have been shown the ugly face of the endemic racism that exists here. Always remember where you are. It’s your money, not you that’s welcome here.


Friday 20th of August 2021

@Lingus, if you are worried about being left behind. Why don't you inquire... There are doing a vaccination roll out for any expats regardless of race, creed, gender, or nationality in Jakarta this week.


Thursday 19th of August 2021

A great gesture by the Australian authorities to donate AstraZeneca vaccine to the Indonesians, in Europe millions of doses of AstraZeneca are being given away in 3rd world countries, as none of the residents want this controversial vaccine in their bodies anymore, always cheaper consuming it than to destroy. Incidentally, the USA does not allow the entry of a person vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Google)


Saturday 21st of August 2021


Indonesia has been purchasing million of doses of Astra Zeneca through the COVAX scheme. Indonesia has also purchased Sinovac earlier on from China. Indonesia will receive more purchased doses of Moderna and Pfizer from the US this August through the Covax scheme.

The Indonesian government has been urged to buy any excess Astra Zeneca from Australia amid a worsening local Covid -19 crisis. Unwanted Astra Zeneca from Australia (Anglo-Swedish vaccine) which has grown increasingly ambivalent.

Australia had donated some funds to Indonesia for the purchase of vaccines through the Covax scheme in which the Indonesian Health ministry hoped to use it to purchase 10 million doses.

Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines have also received 1 million Astra Zeneca doses each last month through the Covax scheme.

Regardless of any vaccination, US require a proof of covid test no more than 3 days of your departure date for US inbound travelers. However they are still ongoing discussions about fully vaccinated travelers for admission but that has not materialized yet.


Saturday 21st of August 2021

@Ben, The million of unused Astra Zeneca in countries like France and Germany highlight how fragile vaccine confidence is in some European countries, and to make sure ill-advised comments don’t undermind demand. The misguided information has leaked to the press, to retract is impossible and now it is hard to gain public confidence.

By the way Indonesia has purchased the Chinese vaccines earlier on. Astra Zeneca, Pfizer and Moderna purchased through the Covax scheme that a number of countries have donated. Therefore there is no such thing that is free. Indonesians are getting vaccinated free of charge y their government and recently expats are getting jabs too.


Saturday 21st of August 2021

@Ellen, exactly.


Friday 20th of August 2021

@Ganivet, the AZ vaccine is great, what are you talking about? It oritect for longer than the Pfizer.


Thursday 19th of August 2021

@Ganivet, by now many western countries have enough Pfizer/Moderna/Jansen vaccines for their entire population.

It's not ideal, but it is better than nothing for countries that cannot afford to buy enough to get a decent vaccination rate otherwise.

I'm not sure about the USA (borders still closed mostly), but in European countries that specify which vaccine is allowed, all accept AstraZeneca.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 19th of August 2021

Should be A380 or B747 at least.