Bali has reduced its quarantine periods for international and domestic travelers in an attempt to reclaim its deeply damaged tourist industry.
“It was previously decided that the 14-day quarantine will be changed to ten days and the 10-day quarantine to seven days,” announced COVID’s Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment and the Czar of COVID at a press conference on Monday.
The change means that international travelers will see their mandatory 10-day quarantine reduced to 7 days, while Indonesians will see their mandatory reduced from 14 to 10 days.
It might not seem like a significant step, but given Indonesia’s strict entry requirements, it’s at least a start.
Please note that the 7-day quarantine includes visitors from all countries except those from the UK, Norway, Denmark, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Eswatini, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa. have not yet been announced.
In any case, international visitors must provide proof of having received a full series of a COVID-19 vaccine and a negative PCR test before arriving in Indonesia.
This unexpected decision appears to follow a substantial reduction in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.
“The number of Covid-19 transmissions has been significantly reduced. We also recorded zero deaths from Covid-19 from December 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022,” said the COVID Czar.
Of course, the reduction in quarantine periods has little to do with the country’s ability to attract international airlines, which has been its main obstacle to recovery since its reopening in October. Authorities, on the other hand, have been working on it.
According to Tribun-Bali.com, Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, met with Governor Wayan Koster and Lieutenant Governor Cok Ace discuss strategies to recover the tourism sector.
Visas, direct flights to Bali, quarantine restrictions and analysis of the countries chosen to enter Bali have been the main topics of discussion.
“We will bring these details to a limited meeting at the interministerial and interagency level to report to the president.”
“The current plan is that at the beginning of the year, after the New Year’s holiday, we will hold a coordination meeting to specifically discuss these matters,” he said. explained the minister.