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Indonesian President Considers Removing Bali Quarantine For International Tourists

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The Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has discussed the possibility of revoking the quarantine policy to help revive the Bali tourism sector. Multiple international outlets have reported the reopening of Bali has been extremely slow due to the mandatory 5 day quarantine put in place by the government.

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During a meeting between the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) on Thursday (28/10), leaders from the three countries, including President Jokowi, agreed that several adjustments to their travel policies are required in order to revive the economy as well as help the community recover from the current crises.

Thailand has already reduced the quarantine to only 1 night for tourists as they await results from their on arrival PCR test. This makes it extremely difficult for Bali to compete due to their current 5 day quarantine and costs associated with it.

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The Minister of Economic Coordination, Airlangga Hartanto confirmed the central government will consider implementing Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) which will potentially cancel out the current quarantine policy as an entry requirement for international visitors.

“All of the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed that we need to be more focused on reviving our tourism sector by implementing the VTL program,” Hartanto said on Thursday.

They also admitted that the regulatory sandbox which allows tourists to gain entry without quarantine, which was recently implemented in Phuket in June 2021 has successfully attracted more visitors and helped the economy to start growing. While multiple adjustments have been made to the sandbox program, Thailand has been more accessible than Bali and has already began their road to recovery.

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Hartanto explained that Indonesia will try to learn from Thailand and start considering this option to revive the Bali economy.

“We have been discussing this VTL program with Singapore as this would be a new tourism standard that helps our tourism sector,” Hartanto concluded.

While Bali seems determined to restart its economic recovery, strict rules and entry regulations have prevented airlines from even scheduling flights to the island due to very low demand.

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Oleg

Sunday 7th of November 2021

I just bought a ticket to Sri Lanka. I couldn't wait any longer. I love Bali and I would love to invest in local businesses, but not this time. Too bad.

vetter

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Just right now, Bali reduce quarantine from 5 days to 3 Days, Nia Niscaya said ... What a disapointment!

Maureen Muntz

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Do something about the visa, its to hard and to costly, leave the visa as it was , and get rid of qarantine then you will see lot,s of peaple come

Eilian

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

It wouldn't matter if there was zero quarantine, or if there actually were direct flights to Bali (most of the 19 countries never had, and never will have, direct flights to Bali) because it's still impossible to get a Bali-only tourist visa - all agents are only offering B211A business visas at extortionate prices - upwards of US400 - which can only be used to enter Indonesia via Jakarta.

Mark

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

That’s what happens when idiots are running a country, they can’t even copy and paste the successful Phuket model. Nobody’s gonna come unless they cancel quarantine and visa requirements…

Randy

Thursday 4th of November 2021

@Mark, oh please...Have you read the new requirements needed to enter Thailand from low risk countries. Do some research before comparing with other holiday islands.

None of my friends in Europe are willing to set foot in Thailand. It's all too complicated. My expat friends in Bangkok are not too happy either with the new requirements. November 1st has passed it is still very quiet in Thailand.