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Indonesian Tourists Cancel Bali Bookings After Booster Vaccine Becomes Compulsory

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As of the 17th of July, it became compulsory for Indonesian citizens traveling by air to show proof of their Covid-19 booster vaccination. This change in travel regulations has caused confusion and frustration for local travelers, many of whom have had to cancel their bookings for their trips to Bali.

The Bali Tourism Association spoke with local newspapers to confirm that domestic travelers to Bali are canceling their bookings for the next month or so. Many domestic travelers chose to stay at small, locally owned guesthouses. These cancellations have a big impact on local economies.

The spokesperson noted that the change in rules is creating uncertainty for domestic travelers who are also showing a reluctance to get their booster vaccinations. 

Last month the Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies set tourism targets for Bali for the rest of the year. He shared that his target for domestic tourists to Bali before the end of 2022 is 7 million people. He announced that the target for international travelers is 1 million.

Although international tourism is a big focus of the island’s economy, it is domestic travelers that make up the majority of visitors to Bali across the year. Losing out on the domestic travel market is a major blow for many local businesses in Bali. 

The chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) in Karangasem Regency, Wayan Kariasa, told the Bali Tribune News that news of the booster vaccine mandate change for domestic travelers has also had an impact on international bookings.

He said that tourists from all across Indonesia and around the world are canceling their hotel bookings and restaurant reservations. Kariasa said that tourists from France and other parts of Europe had canceled their hotel bookings and that he believed they had made new plans to take vacations in other countries where the travel rules were more clear. 

Kariasa said ‘The policy [for booster vaccinations] for the tourism component is an obstacle. Considering that the tourism economy is just emerging. On the other hand, we support increasing immunity, immunity, and protecting Indonesia in general’. He shared how he hoped that the recent rise in cancellations would be short-lived and that bookings would pick back up in the coming days after the initial confusion and panic had died down.

The general consensus among hoteliers in Karangasem Regency is that the new booster vaccination mandate is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they appreciate the need to keep the caseloads of Covid-19 low and in decline, on the other, the restrictions, last-minute changes, and compulsory nature of the vaccine are understandably off-putting for many domestic travelers. 

Karangasem Regency can be found to the east of Bali and is close to popular destinations like Amed and Amlapura. Karangasem Regency is generally visited by more domestic Indonesian travelers than international tourists which is why hotels in the area are feeling the impact of the cancellations so heavily.

Tourism Associations in areas like Badung, where popular tourist beaches like Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak can be found, have not made similar announcements about booking cancellations. 

In a bid to help make it easier for domestic travelers to get their booster vaccine the local authorities have opened a booster clinic at the domestic terminal of Ngurah Rai Airport. Some commentators online have expressed concerns about taking a flight so shortly after having a vaccine, but local authorities have confirmed that the process is safe. 

It remains the case that international travelers do not need to show proof of a booster vaccination in order to travel by air to Bali, or other areas in Indonesia. Fully vaccinated international travelers must show proof of their vaccination certificate upon arrival and do not need to have a negative PCR test in order to fly.

Local reports have suggested that international arrivals are being temperature screened. It is thought that if an international arrival is flagged by the temperature screening that they will be asked to do a PCR test at the airport, if the result is positive they will be instructed to self-isolate for 5-days.

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Trudy Hommel

Thursday 28th of July 2022

I love to travel to Indonesia but my health is more important.So I choose to not take any vaccinations at all. The amount of injured people because of the experimental vaccinations is far to big. The world wide vaccination campagne is genocide by the WEF. I miss Bali so much but I can never go there if the rules stay like this.

Wall

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

@Trudy Hommel, Yes, I will need to hold off, too, Trudy. Miss my old friends n all too !!

Frustrated

Friday 22nd of July 2022

Open up already to the unvaccinated. End the discrimination. I’m taking my money to thailand as of now.

Wall

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

@Frustrated, I really understand !! Helena.

Randy

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

@Jayrod, what was happening 4 months ago vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers were going though covid mandates. Read again above. UNVACCINATED travelers can be checked thoroughly and not discussing about VACCINATED travelers. Whew...

Randy

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

@Mat, listen here jack...anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists are unwillingly or incapable of understanding reality and facts. They and including you will try to stonewall any truth regardless of the outcome.

Europe is again the global epicenter of the outbreak, reporting 80% of confirmed infections worldwide in 2022 right now as we speak. Furthermore many Europeans are traveling abroad into the US or Bali for that matter having supposedly 2 vaccinations and not wearing masks in public. Seen them around in tourist spots in my neck of the woods.

We will never see eye to eye in the midst of a public health concern. I am blessed to be surrounded with mostly liberal friends who believe in women rights to abortion, politically on the same level, and some who happen to be scientists and have their heads together.

Randy

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

@Jayrod, ok smart aleck. Here we go a statement from TAT as of July 1 2022: The unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travelers without a negative test result within 72 hours of travel are required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the Health Control officer at the point of arrival. All expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the travelers.

In other words the unvaccinated traveler may be in a position to be quarantined should the obvious symptoms are shown upon arrival. It's your call...

Mat

Sunday 24th of July 2022

@Randy, You're wrong. And FFS stop forcing people to get boosted. It's widely known already that all the vaccines are crap and do shit. It's July 2022. If somebody still believes the lies we were all told that I have nothing to say to such people but "go and rearrange your brain".

Anna

Friday 22nd of July 2022

I am so disappointed about this, I was so excited that I had booked it for my Birthday in September & I gave them all my credit card details!!

Randy

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

@Anna, Inbound International travelers do not need a third booster shot. Domestic travelers may need a third booster shot on the Java-Bali corridor.

Exp

Friday 22nd of July 2022

Stricter rules for nationals compared to foreigners arriving at the same destination? Suggest to put the medical experts in charge in order to maintain pragmatic and common sense policies...

Jayrod

Sunday 24th of July 2022

@Randy, You're good to go for an online coronabot alert lol.

Randy

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

@Exp, a reliable source told me that many Indonesians including ADULTS, older and immunocompromised folks have had their 3rd booster shots a few months back. So what’s the problem with domestic travelers not wanting to travel to Bali. Probably the kids are not fully vaccinated..

Nonetheless, if your vaccinations are in order and it appears on your tracing app then you are good to go.

Firechef

Thursday 21st of July 2022

I'll not get a booster shot thank you. Got the 2 shots and have been sick ever since. Covid shots make people sick, not well.

Wall

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

@Randy, Thankyou. Really, each to his own. I do not get the "yearly flu vaccine" nor will I. I've talked to various medicos who admit it doesn't work, people come in with crazy bad flu, anyway... and I've seen close friends, seniors, come down with the very worst flu ever, crook as, for months on end, after the flu vaccine. Hmmm... I personally, use other preventative methods. Just sayin'...take care, be well n happy, Helena.

Randy

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

@Ben, you certainly missed my point. Who says a flu shot is mandatory to travel domestically or internationally ??

Most of us get a flu shot each year. I don't know about you. But why would anyone complain because Covid will remain with us forever. A covid vaccine may be needed each year like getting a yearly flu shot.

Ben

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

@Randy, have you ever been unable because you didn't get an influenza vaccine? Afaik there is no country in the world that requires a flu shot for people to travel domestically or internationally.

Randy

Friday 22nd of July 2022

@Firechef, The virus mutates. Do you could complain getting the yearly influenza vaccine? So think of Covid-19 vaccines the same way...