THE INDONESIAN Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is still observing the post-opening situation of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno in a virtual Weekly Press Briefing (WPB) of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Jakarta, Monday (10/18) afternoon, said that we also continue to coordinate and evaluate with all parties for technical arrivals, policies, and appropriate regulatory requirements for foreign tourists. Because these requirements also affect foreign tourist visits.

However, when asked about the lack of regular flights from 19 countries that are allowed to visit Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Minister Sandiaga then replied that foreign tourists still need time to prepare their various travel documents to Indonesia.

In addition, he said, foreign tourists are also still waiting for flight schedules from the airlines. This is because not all airlines have started to reopen direct flights from their home countries to Bali.

“The Ministry of Tourism itself has also promoted the opening of Bali to foreign tourists through collaboration with the Travel Bureau (BPW) in 19 countries. Promotions are also carried out through own media and Indonesian representatives in these countries,” said Sandiaga Uno.

The decision to open international flights to Bali was taken based on the spread of the COVID-19 positivity rate (total number of positive cases) in Indonesia, which is the lowest in Asia, which is 1.50% or far below the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 5%.

With the control of COVID-19, continued Sandiaga, the opportunity to reopen economic activities can be realized. Moreover, he said, Bali needed to recover immediately from the COVID-19 pandemic because this region depends on the economy from the tourism sector and the creative economy.

“One of them is by opening tourism for foreign tourists. In addition, foreign tourists are required to have health insurance to travel abroad. With health insurance, foreign tourists who are not registered as Indonesian citizens (WNI) are declared to be able to access health facilities if they are exposed to COVID-19,” he remarked.

As for the insurance provisions of up to IDR1 billion which includes the cost of handling COVID-19 for foreign tourists, this is the maximum insurance coverage value, not the premium paid by foreign tourists.

He stated that the government has set two health insurance premiums for foreign tourists, namely health insurance with a premium of IDR800 thousand and IDR1 million. This premium is said to have a maximum dependent value of up to IDR1.6-IDR2 billion with a validity period of 30-60 days.

“The benefits of this insurance include the cost of treatment rooms, ICU (Intensive Care Unit), treatment costs, doctor visits and ambulance fees,” concluded Sandiaga Uno. []