Indonesia is steadily planning for the reactivation in the tourism industry, and Bali will be the first destination designated as the locomotive region for the whole country. The preparation has been done in a rigorous yet mindful manner in order to ensure the convenience and wellbeing of the future visitors once they return to Bali.
Deputy for Strategic Policy of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Kurleni Ukar stated that the implementation of the tourism recovery plan in Bali will be done gradually. “The government has designated three regions in Bali as the green zones: Ubud in Gianyar Regency, Sanur in Denpasar City, and Nusa Dua in Badung Regency,” he explained.
Currently, the efforts taken to prepare these three green zones include COVID-19 vaccination program and health protocol certification and implementation.
It is reported that on 1 April 2021, an amount of 9,475 tourism business workers in three green zones in Bali have received COVID-19 vaccines. Moreover, on 7 April 2021, 271,900 doses of Sinovac vaccines have arrived in Bali to support the acceleration of the COVID-19 vaccination program. It is also predicted that the vaccination program in three green zones will be finished by the first week of April 2021.
The Ministry of Health has also been working in collaboration with Grab and Good Doctor in commencing the drive-thru based vaccination program in Bali. On 8 March 2021, it is estimated that currently 5,000 people have been vaccinated, with 1,000 among them are Grab drivers in Bali.
Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan predicted that the future accomplishment of the vaccination program can create herd immunity in Bali that will be achieved by the end of July 2021. "Currently we are striving to vaccinate 1,8 - 2 million people. It is expected that we can add 1 million more people from April to May so that herd immunity will be created by the end of July," said Luhut in a press release, quoted on Wednesday (31/3/2021).
It is reported that on 18 January 2021, there are approximately 994 tourism stakeholders in Bali that have been granted InDOnesia CARE certification by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. The list includes 516 hotels and 478 non-hotels including restaurants, homestay villas, nature tourism, shopping centers, transportation services, and diving tours. This means that they have met the required standard for protocol implementation.
Aside from the InDOnesia CARE movement, COVID-19 Task Force is also taking part in the guidance and supervision of health protocol implementation in tourism-related businesses, including in Bali.
Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali has become one of 15 airports in Indonesia that has been granted Safe Travel Stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council since August 2020. This stamp is obtained after Angkasa Pura I, the state-owned company managing the airports in Indonesia, sends the airport health protocol to the agency for complete assessment. According to the Director of Angkasa Pura I Fahmi Faik, the Safe Travels Stamp is meant to show the public and tourism stakeholders that Angkasa Pura I has consistently implemented health protocols related to preventing the spread of COVID-19, which in this case refers to Safe Travels WTTC dan ICAO Takeoff Guideline for Aviation protocol.
On 4 April 2021, Bali Governor Wayan Koster issued a Governor’s Decree No. 10 Year 2021 regarding the Application of Discipline and Law Enforcement of COVID-19 Health Protocol in Bali. The decree imposes strict regulations not only for local but also international travelers who are going to travel to Bali in the future.
While visiting the Sanur Beach area in Denpasar on Saturday, 10 April 2021, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno stated that the COVID-19 prevention health protocol will be strictly implemented in the green zone in the Bali region. "We have to extensively monitor people's compliance with health protocols." said Sandiaga Uno.
He said that the ministry will also intensify socialization and education to all people, especially those in the green zone, to continue to comply with health protocols in order to continue to suppress the Covid-19 infection rate. "There will be sanctions for those who commit violations. Regarding international travelers, we won't hesitate to deport them if they refuse to comply with health protocols," he said.
The designation of three green zones as the pilot project regions in Bali tourism recovery plan was made by the consideration that people have been longing for the natural attractions provided in Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua. All the strict measurements are taken because InDOnesia CARE not only for the satisfaction of the future travelers, but also for their convenience and wellbeing when they can finally embrace the beauty of Bali again.
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