Deputy Governor of Bali revealed plans for the Free Covid Corridor or Travel Corridor between Bali and China.
As reported by the official website of the Bali Provincial Government, foreign tourists (tourists) from China who have completed their vaccinations in their country will be allowed to come to Bali through this corridor.
“The target of foreign tourists is Chinese tourists, we know that the country has managed to get out of the pandemic because of a successful vaccination program, ” said Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace).
However, this program has some special requirements that must be met in advance by the destination country. In this case, of course, the Province of Bali.
“First, we have to reach 75 percent of the population, especially tourism actors who are vaccinated,” said Cok Ace.
According to him, completing vaccination in Bali as quickly as possible will be the first task in the current government. In particular, vaccinations for workers in the tourism sector.
Regarding this, Cok Ace emphasized that he had asked the central government to give Bali priority for vaccines. Cok Ace, who also serves as Chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) Bali, also said that Bali must have health facilities similar to China.
“We also have to prepare this, at least our facilities must be the same, so there is confidence in the country to allow its citizens to travel to Bali,” he added.
Discipline on health protocols, he said, is also one of the important things before opening borders. He claims that currently, Bali is in second place in adhering to health protocols with a rate of 98.3 percent below West Kalimantan at 98.6 percent.
Not only that, but tourism business actors have also since long ago been ready to implement the Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) certification program in every accommodation, restaurant, and tourist destination. He believes this is a very good asset to convince the international community that Bali is ready to welcome foreign tourists.
“In the past, what we were selling was nature, customs, and culture. Now we move a little beyond these three things. We have to be able to convince the international community that the government and society have implemented the program properly and correctly,” explained Cok Ace.
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