Travellers from 19 countries can travel to Bali in Indonesia from today but the opening failed to lead to a rush in arrivals with a lack of organisation blamed.
Main picture Seminyak, Bali credit Ern Gan on Unsplash
Indonesia only confirmed the 19 countries late yesterday and tourism companies and airlines did not have enough time to plan, schedule and sell trips in advance of the opening.
“Until today, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali Airport still hasn’t received any international flight slot request, whether a flight to Bali or from Bali. But, instructions from the national COVID-19 task force said that Bali is now an entry point for international flights to Indonesia.”Taufan Yudhistira, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali Airport spokesperson via Reuters
The requirement for all arrivals to spend their first 5 days in quarantine and provide $70,000 for COVID-19 treatment are also seen as being key barriers to demand even when flights are available.
The 19 countries have been confirmed as: Bahrain, China, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and United Arab Emirates.
Traditional key markets for Bali; Australia, United Kingdon and United States are not on the list.
Prior to the pandemic more than 54% of the Bali economy was attributed to tourism activities with 6.2 million annual visitors. Official figures show that just 35 foreign tourists entered Bali through its airport in the first 6 months of 2021.
Source: BBC & Reuters
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