An employee from the Karangasem Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) has admitted that many domestic visitors have canceled their hotel reservations in response to the new entry requirement.
The Head of Karangasem PHRI, I Wayan Kariasa confirmed that many domestic travelers have decided to cancel their bookings after the central government recently revoked rapid antigen tests as an entry requirement. Instead, they announced that both international and domestic visitors who plan to visit the island are required to test negative from Covid-19 with a PCR test.
“We just felt happiness when domestic visitors began to come recently, but the new travel policy has disappointed us,” Kariasa said on Saturday (23/10). By following per under the Home Affairs Minister’s Decree Number 53 – The year 2021 that was just published on Thursday (21/10), the central government has recently revised its travel policy for domestic travelers who plan to visit the island via air. Kariasa also said that many travelers have complained about this travel policy as they were not prepared with the additional stretch in their budget for this pricey Covid-19 test.
“Visitors from Surabaya and Jakarta who previously made reservations in Karangasem became reluctant to travel due to this expensive Covid-19 test, and decided to cancel their bookings,” Kariasa added.
Therefore, he proposes the government evaluate this new policy to help the accommodation businesses survive in Karangasem, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. “We’re hoping that central government would evaluate this policy, and implement a rapid antigen test document as an entry requirement like it used to be,” Kariasa concluded.
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