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UN Says Bali is Ready To Reopen Borders For International Travelers

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), an official agency from the UN, confirmed that Bali is now ready to reopen for international tourism.

The Regional Director of UNWTO for Asia-Pacific, Harry Hwang, completed a full inspection of the preparation stage for Bali, checking for administered health and safety protocols. 

The only thing standing in the way of Bali reopening is an official decree by the President to reopen borders for international tourism.

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During the Bali Democracy Forum held in Nusa Dua on Thursday (10/12), Hwang mentioned that from the moment he landed in Bali, he was immediately impressed by Bali’s implementation of prevention protocols.

Hwang also credited the provincial government in assuring that all accommodation businesses are keeping up with the standards outlined by the Clean Health Safety Environment (CHSE).

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Contributing to safety measures, an integrated Covid-19 tracing app, Indonesia Health Card Alert (e-HAC) helps the government to monitor traveler history and records.

“I’m happy to see Indonesia handle this situation accordingly. I won’t be surprised to see an international travel corridor reopen by the end of this year” Harry concluded. 

The Head of Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy, Wishnutama was grateful to see UNWTO support Indonesia at this time.

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During the seminar “Capacity Building Workshop on Restarting International Tourism in Bali”, held Dec 7th to Dec 9th, Wishnutama said that Indonesia will focus on adopting new procedures in order to adapt with the ‘new normal’ era, such as better health and immigration services.

“The pandemic should really change our mindset. People need to be more aware of their health and safety, especially before going on vacation,” Wishnutama concluded.

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

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