DestinationsBali vies with Jakarta as a Covid-19 quarantine destination for foreign travellers.

Can the Island of Gods become a quarantine destination?

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Becoming a quarantine destination will help Bali's tourism sector, say local stakeholders.
Becoming a quarantine destination will help Bali's tourism sector, say local stakeholders.

Since the onset of pandemic, foreign travellers entering Indonesia have to complete their quarantine in Jakarta first.

Now Bali wants to fill the tourist void by proposing to become a quarantine destination. Instead of flying directly into capital Jakarta for quarantine before moving to other Indonesian destinations, Bali is proposing for the reverse.

According to Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, foreign travellers are already expressing great interest to quarantine in Bali.

“This won’t have a significant [economic] impact, but let the foreign travellers come to Bali [for quarantine], so that there’s still some fire burning to keep the spirits up among tourism players,” said the governor in a Coconuts Bali article.

Currently, foreign arrivals are still banned at the Island of the Gods, except for Diplomatic Visa and Service Visa holders, as well as those with stay permits.

Indonesia’s Covid-19 Task Force is reviewing the suggestion.

Last month, in a bid to draw some tourist footfall back, Indonesia President Joko Widodo announced vaccine tourism packages for domestic travellers bound for Bali, with the possibility of offering tours to foreigners once the province reopens to international arrivals.

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