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Bali Travel Corridor In Final Stage Of Discussion

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Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno met the Governor and Vice Governor of Bali to discuss key economic issues in Bali, including the establishment of a COVID-free travel corridor.

The meeting was held at the Governor’s official residence on Thursday (11/12). Among the solutions put forth by Minister Sandiaga is government aid for afflicted tourism businesses and villages.

Travel Corridors or travel bubbles are agreements between countries that allow for the entrance of tourists without the need for quarantine.

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The Indonesian Tourism Minister also told Governor Koster that the COVID-19 Free Corridor program is currently at the final stage of discussion among the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Law and Human Rights Ministry, Health Ministry as well as the COVID-19 Handling Task Force. Further details on which countries have agreed to the corridor have not been released.

Koster explained that the meeting was initiated by Sandiaga in efforts to find solutions to safely recover the tourism sector of Bali that is heavily impacted by the pandemic.

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 “We had a serious discussion to find short and long-term solutions for our crisis here in Bali,” Koster said. 

It was mentioned that a total of USD 669 million (9.4 trillion) will be allocated for a soft loan program for tourism businesses as well as labor-incentive programs for 177 villages in Bali.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

Additionally, Sandiaga is optimistic that the vaccination process will run faster as the central government is prioritizing Bali when distributing vaccine supply.

“Hopefully this can be accomplished within the next few weeks. We pray and hope that Bali tourism will recover soon,” Sandiaga concluded.

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Ronald Carter

Friday 12th of February 2021

The vaccine was going to happen in December 2020 Then January. Now maybe in a couple of weeks. The way the Balinese Government operates I think April would be a good bet. It's okay the important people like the Governor have been vaccinated.


Friday 12th of February 2021

@Ronald Carter, Yeah I think April 2022

Wayan Bo

Friday 12th of February 2021

Even after vaccination its not to be expected that health protocols will change significantly in soon future. - Just say what WHO, Worlds Health Organization, have to say and suggest. -


Friday 12th of February 2021

@Wayan Bo, I think if you allow tourists to quarantine at Bali hotels , that will be good for the economy and those who are suffering. So so sad to see bali suffering so sad to see it’s people suffering . No I’m not there but do read the news . I hope it works out for bali as your island is beautiful with beautiful kind people. Save your economy let tourists quarantine at your hotels with PCR tests and that will boost some of the economy: just an idea.


Friday 12th of February 2021

@Wayan Bo, why are you always following WHO??? Should you not use your own minds! Let people into Bali after PCR as it is accurate it quarantine at bali hotels rather then gathering so much money in Jakarta! And allow those with vaccinations in to bali! WHO are idiots so no one really listens to them. This is why bali is suffering now. How about the locals who are having ceremonies without social distancing and masks?? Not good planning at all .


Friday 12th of February 2021

@Wayan Bo,