THE BALI Provincial Government is targeting foreign tourists from four countries regarding the plan to reopen Bali in October 2021.

This was conveyed by the Deputy Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, recently said that we have recorded several countries based on length of stay in Bali. There are about four countries, namely America, England, Germany, and Russia, which on average stay in Bali for two weeks.

“As for these countries, it will still be adjusted to the policies of the central government. He also admitted that he would be stricter in determining foreign tourists who could enter the Island of the Gods,” he said.

Previously, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy used quality and sustainable strategies to achieve the tourism and creative economy foreign exchange targets in 2022.

“So, the targets that we will target by segmentation are tourists who stay longer and spend more,” said Sandiaga.

In addition, he also said that foreign tourists who were allowed to enter Bali were tourists who were healthy and vaccinated against COVID-19. They must also be willing to follow established procedures.

The Bali’s Deputy Governor explained that the Bali provincial government has prepared plans for foreign tourists in Bali, from arrival to departure.

“We have also prepared a grand design scheme for foreign tourists in Bali, starting from the arrival gate, testing – those who are positive will be referred to the hospital, while those who are negative will continue their journey to quarantine hotels, travel schemes to departure to their country of origin,” he said.

Not only that, tourism actors in Bali have also prepared themselves. Currently, there are more than 2,000 hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions that have obtained the Cleanliness, Health, Safety, Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) certification.

In order to anticipate the possibility of increasing COVID-19 cases on the Island of the Gods, the Bali government has also drawn up several schemes. That’s because they don’t want tourism to create new COVID-19 clusters. For the first scheme, the acceptance of foreign tourists will be applied throughout Bali if COVID-19 cases can be controlled.

This refers to the COVID-19 vaccination program in Bali. The next scheme, foreign tourists are only allowed to travel in green zones if COVID-19 cases rise. The green zones are in Sanur, Ubud, and Nusa Dua. As for the last scheme, if the green zone can accept foreign tourists due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the scope of the area that can accept them will be narrowed. [ special]