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President Urges Bali Officials To Increase Testing Once Border Reopens

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The Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed Bali Officials to increase testing and contact tracing once the border reopens.

During the President’s visit to Bali on Friday (8/10), Jokowi and several Bali Officials met at Governor’s Office to discuss the Covid-19 handling progress in Bali. On the agenda was preparations for the reopening of Bali to international visitors from some select countries on October 14th 2021.

President Urges Bali Officials To Increase Testing Once Border Reopens

Apart from the travel bubble program going into effect, Jokowi has instructed the Bali Provincial Government to prepare for the G-20 Meeting Conference that was planned to be held in Bali and to increase their testing and contact tracing program. Jokowi did mention that he appreciated the Bali provincial government’s effort in reducing Covid-19 transmission by rapidly distributing Covid-19 vaccines to residents.

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“We have to show them that we can manage and handle the situation in Bali. And I’ve also heard from Bali Vice Governor, Cok Ace that Bali has surpassed their vaccination target as most of Bali population have already been vaccinated.” Jokowi said on Friday (8/10). According to data, 80% of Bali population has completed the vaccination program.

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Despite their achievement on vaccine distribution, Jokowi admitted that the tracing and testing program in most regions in Bali are still considered low. “These small details such as tracing and testing must be increased once the border reopens for international tourists. Entry requirements such as the quarantine policy will be set by Ministers.” Jokowi concluded.

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Mike A

Saturday 9th of October 2021

Perhaps President, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) should, instead of pushing these ineffective and dangerous vaccines, distribute medical grade Ivermectin to the wonderful Balinese people so he could reopen the country completely with no mandates or quarantines. All he needs to do is look at the success in India.


Sunday 10th of October 2021

@Mike A, What success story in India?

Both nations (one with a billion population and the other with around 260 million inhabitants) have managed to lower the covid infection.

The living may not know the cause of death of so many loved ones who died during the Indian Delta surge. The death certificate does not state the reason of death. Go figure!! Unfortuately, the living may not be able to receive a compensation from the Indian regional government.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 9th of October 2021

They are to many fake vaccination documents in the world, therefore have to be very, very carefully and to truck everybody, especially when those G20 Bule’s arrive to our island.


Saturday 9th of October 2021

It makes perfect sense with this fear of reopening because of an imported (first identified in India) Delta variant covid debacle a few months ago. If the citizens have complied with government health mandates not to travel last May across the archipelago then this paranoia would not have escalated today.

The Western media and an Asian nation have criticized a situation in Indonesia that somehow could have been avoidable. But then a few that barked the loudest have had a taste of their own recent covid scare debacle with people not obeying to govt health mandates.

Nonetheless this central government needs to review the quarantine mandate to allow in certain vaccinated tourists along with a negative covid test result without having to quarantine. Then tourism can return normally in Bali.

Bali is an island as much as Phuket is therefore it should be easier to control any situation that may arises.