INDONESIA’S Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno in the Weekly Press Briefing, Monday (10/11) in Ngalenggeran Tourism Village, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta Special Region which discuss Bali’s preparations to welcome foreign tourists and answer journalists’ questions about how to update preparations for the opening of Bali on October 14 2021? How’s the quarantine going? Why was it shortened to 5 days? How is the readiness of health facilities and vaccination rates in Bali? Are all accommodation facilities prepared CHSE certified? How to make a travel pattern for foreign tourists later? Will foreign tourists who come to Indonesia have to prepare insurance? How many what costs should be prepared?

Minister Sandiaga swiftly replied that preparations had reached 90% through the trial of accepting foreign tourists visiting Bali which will be held on October 14, 2021. Even last Saturday (10/9), a simulation of the arrival of passengers from abroad at the airport was carried out Ngurah Rai organized by the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Health, AP1, Airport Authority, and monitored by the Bali Government. The Ministry of Tourism also monitors to provide input.

He explained, after the passengers were allowed to leave the airport with negative PCR results, the Bali Tourism Board would coordinate them to go to the quarantine area. In addition, the Bali Provincial Government provides 35 hotels for quarantine and a number of tracing and treatment support facilities in Bali. A travel pattern has been prepared in Bali, namely in three green zones which are pilot projects to receive foreign tourists to the Island of the Gods, the three are Sanur, Ubud, and Nusa Dua (SUN). In this zone, we try to prepare everything, including encouraging Cleanliness, Health, Safety, Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) and care for protection which we continue to improve.

“Now regarding the opening of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport on October 14, 2021 later for tourists abroad, the government has strengthened the preparation of a number of things including; Tourism workforce (skills and vaccinations), the tourism industry through a commitment to implementing health protocols with CHSE certification and the PeduliLindungi application, as well as quality tourism products by offering personalized, customized, localized, and smaller in size tourism activities.

Sandiaga also explained that while for the quarantine flow, it was still being discussed about cutting it from the initial 14 days to only 5 days. This pruning is motivated by: The increasing process of testing, tracing, and treatment, has increased the number of vaccinations, the calculation of incubation. So, the latest records I got, the average incubation period for COVID-19 is between 3.7 days to 3.8 days. However, the proposed quarantine is shortened to 4-5 days, but the final decision and plan is not yet decided immediately.

“However, it is no less important to talk about health insurance, this is an absolute requirement for foreign tourists who want to visit Bali. The insurance must have a minimum coverage value of US$100 thousand and cover the cost of handling COVID-19. The other conditions that must be met are obtaining a Visit Visa,” he said.

Short or other entry permits, he continued in accordance with applicable regulations; be in a country with a low-risk category at least 14 days before departure; negative results of COVID-19 through the RT-PCR test whose samples are taken max 3×24 hours before departure; proof of complete vaccination, with the 2nd dose carried out at least 14 days before departure and written in English, other than the language of the country of origin; and must download the PeduliLindungi application.

“The visa is being discussed and for the 14th (October), waiting for the direction of the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment which assigns the Minister of Law and Human Rights (Yasonna Laoly) to formulate policies in terms of visas that are suitable for this trial,” he remarked.

Sandiaga hopes that some of the things mentioned earlier can be finalized in the near future. He also appealed to tourism players to continue to apply strict and disciplined health protocols.

“After that, tourist destinations must immediately go all out to take advantage of this opportunity, don’t be careless in implementing health protocols. Don’t let these gradual, gradual, and sustainable incremental steps actually trigger an increase in new cases of COVID-19,” moreover, new variants have been identified,” he underlined.

Sandiaga emphasized that compliance with health protocols for incoming foreign tourists is non-negotiable or non-negotiable. If there is a violation, there are stages that are passed with deportation as the end. []