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Indonesian Tourism Minister Reviews Reopening Bali’s International Borders

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Indonesia Tourism Minister, Sandiaga Uno, is reviewing possibility of reopening Indonesia’s borders under certain requirements.

During a meeting at the Indonesian Bank – Bali Office in Denpasar on Thursday (28/1), Sandiaga said that he plans to run a program called Free COVID-19 Corridor (FCC) in Bali in order to reopen the border for international travelers.

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“I got this idea from my colleagues in Morowali, Sulawesi, where FCC has been implemented to the foreign workers in that area,” Sandiaga said.

Additionally, Morowali has been accepting at least 5,000 foreign workers with the prerequisite that they have been vaccinated before departing from their country of origin. Sandiaga plans to study the procedures and create a plan to apply them for international tourism in Bali.

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“Only those who have been vaccinated will be allowed to gain entry to Bali, and they would be required to take a rapid antigen test upon arrival in Indonesia.” Sandiaga added.

Bali Vice Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) is optimistic that this program would help recover businesses in Bali.

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Sandiaga also requested the central government to provide soft loans with low interest rates for businesses in Bali in order to stimulate economic activity.

The meeting was attended by the Head of Bali Tourism Board, Head of Bali Tourism Agency, Head of Indonesian Bank for Bali Province and several other tourism organizations.

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