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The vice governor of Bali has proposed that a travel bubble could be created for vaccinated travellers allowing them to visit the island paradise in Indonesia without the need to undertake quarantine.
Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati suggested that the opening of a travel corridor alongside other measures including priority vaccinations for tourism workers to help revive the ailing tourism industry. This follows a similar scheme announced for the Seychelles seen to be a test for many countries tourism policy.
“We’re asking for the central government to prioritise vaccines for Bali businesses so that we can attract Chinese tourists to Bali.”Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati , Vice Governor of Bali
Chinese tourists were used as an example due to the low number of current covid cases and the high numbers of vaccines that have already been given. It is not clear that countries who still have high numbers of cases but also significant vaccine programmes, for example the UK where more than 17 million people have already received their first dose, would also be targeted.
The Indonesia Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, is reported to have said that he had lobbied government officials to prioritise vaccinations in Bali, Batam, Bintan and Jakarta as they were key entry points for tourists in the country.
“The plan is that tourists who are allowed to come are those who have been vaccinated at their home countries. (Upon arrival in Indonesia), they have to take an antigen test (and test negative) before they can (proceed to) do activities.”Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia via TTGAsia
Indonesian borders remain closed as the country continues to fight high numbers of the Covid-19 virus. The country saw an additional 10,614 cases reported in the last 24 hours meaning that there has now been more than 1,263,000 cases since the start of the pandemic. There have been more than 34,000 deaths, including 183 in the last 24 hours, in Indonesia.
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