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Indonesian Government Preparing To Reopen Bali For International Visitors

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Upon observing the data pertaining to COVID-19 cases in Bali, the central government is exploring the possibility of reopening its borders to international visitors.  The Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, revealed that the number of COVID-19 cases in Bali has recently decreased. According to him, this allows economic activity in Bali to be resumed, including the tourism sector.

Indonesian Government Preparing To Reopen Bali For International Visitors
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He noted that the Bali COVID-19 Handling Task Force has been successfully reducing virus transmission, especially since the rollout of vaccines. 

“The number of cases in Bali in the last few weeks has shown a decline due to the implementation of safety protocols at city and village levels,” said Luhut during a meeting to discuss tourism recovery on Thursday (25/2).

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He noted that in order to reopen tourism for international travelers, the government must first establish new regulations regarding traveling.

 “There will be a new regulation called Penalty for Health Protocol. This policy will control the implementation of prevention protocols in tourism areas and penalize violators by giving them warnings of deportation if necessary,” Luhut added.

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He’s optimistic that vaccine distribution on the island will help gain trust from international travelers as over 13,000 medical workers are already vaccinated in Bali.

“We also prepare to hold the G-20 Summit Conference in Bali, so we could use that momentum to show the world how we handled the pandemic in order to ensure them that we could safely welcome visitors back to Bali,” Luhut concluded. 

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Ale

Monday 1st of March 2021

There are things more to be worry in bali instead of this influenza .people here has no job and no sustain to live and people still thinking about news on corona

Wayan Bo

Sunday 28th of February 2021

There is perhaps a possibility, if Bali would act like Seychelles do it with vaccinations frequency, and World Health Agency would suggest Bali as risk free area - There are only Maledivas, Dominican Republic and Cuba where touristic agency's from Europe are suggesting that's there are more or less low risk areas to fly there touristic clients.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 27th of February 2021

There are scientists in Europe who are expecting third wave of pandemic with power of at lest second wave. - In Italy they are allready thinking that they are on beginning of third wave. - It's also expected that vaccines should be in future updated in case of new coming mutations, as more virus circulate, mutations are more and more possible. - New discovered mutations are between four and five times more infective than previous mutations.

RONALD CARTER

Saturday 27th of February 2021

The Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, revealed that the number cases in Bali is decreasing. This not correct the number of new cases on Friday Feb 26 was 330 with sadly 9 deaths. Bali doesn't have have good record of being honest when presenting the facts. When Bali gets down to single digit figures for Covid. Then it can be said the virus is under control. With hundreds of new cases daily the Bali government needs to just shut up until conditions are more favorable.

Paul Morris

Sunday 28th of February 2021

@RONALD CARTER, well said Mate the lies that have come out of the government officials mouths since the start of the pandemic are staggering, they’ve vaccinated 13000 people out of all the people in Bali and they want to let international tourists back in haha what a joke.

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