Bali Quite Ready to Accept Foreign Tourists

Bali Quite Ready to Accept Foreign Tourists

The Deputy Governor of Bali who is also the Chairman of the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Bali Chapter, Prof. Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace), conveyed Bali’s readiness to receive foreign tourist visits officially reopened on October 14 after being closed for a long time due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. This was conveyed in a virtual interview with TVRI broadcast live and an interview with The Australian Magazine’s reporter, Chandni Vasandani, in his office on Thursday (Oct 14).

When being interviewed by the two media, Deputy Governor Cok Ace conveyed three components to support Bali’s readiness to accept foreign tourists visiting in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic situation which has not yet fully ended. The three components are tourism business players, the community and the government. According to Deputy Governor Cok Ace, business players, especially those in the tourism industry, have made a number of preparations, including taking part in the CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety & Environmental Sustainability) certification.

As mentioned by him, currently there are 1,576 business premises including tourist destinations having got the CHSE certificate. In addition, business players on the Island of the Gods are also active in the success of the PeduliLindungi application utilization program being intensified by the government. “The government is targeting 10,000 applications at business premises in Bali. As of October 10, 2021, a total of 9,322 business premises in Bali have used the PeduliLindungi application as an entry requirement,” he said.

Still related to the readiness of business players, 35 hotels have been prepared as quarantine location for newly arrived foreign tourists. In addition to preparing quarantine hotels for foreign tourists who are negative for Covid-19 from the results of the PCR Swab examination at the airport, his party also anticipates the possibility of foreign tourists who are known to be positive for Covid-19 based on the results of screening at the airport.

“We hope none of them are positive, but we must anticipate anyway. If there is a positive case, we will classify it in placement. For those having no symptoms, we prepare an isolation hotel having been certified and is connected to their hospital. Meanwhile, those with symptoms will be immediately referred to hospital,” he explained.

Furthermore, Deputy Governor Cok Ace, accompanied by the Head of the Bali Communications and Informatics Agency, Gede Pramana, explained that the community is also very enthusiastic about welcoming Bali to foreign tourists. This enthusiasm is shown by obedience in implementing the health protocols becoming a condition for opening Bali to the outside world. “The community contribution is extraordinary. From the survey results, the Balinese are the most obedient in implementing the health procedures, especially in the use of masks, reaching 95 percent,” he said.

The active role of the community is also shown by their support for the vaccination program. Currently, added Cok Ace, 99 percent of the first stage vaccination has been completed and 84 percent of the second one has been completed as well. In addition to the support of business players and the community, the government takes a role in preparing health facilities and infrastructure. “We have prepared 62 referral hospitals and 25 laboratories that are ready to serve if needed,” he said.

Although all elements are ready, he understood that foreign tourists will not immediately arrive. From the results of his discussions with business players who usually bring in foreign tourists, it will take at least 3 weeks to 1 month. “Today it is opened, the results may only be seen at the end of October or early next year because they need time to socialize, prepare visas and bookings. However, if it is a charter flight, it might come sooner,” he added.

Although the arrival of foreign tourists has not been immediately seen when Bali opened, he stated that the policy gives new enthusiasm and hope for tourism players on the Island of the Gods. He slipped the hope that the Covid-19 situation in Bali, which is now under control, will continue to slop. (BTN/014)

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