Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno revealed plans to reopen tourism in Bali through a program called ‘Free COVID Corridor’.
Sandiaga Uno explained that the program was a proposal from tourism and creative economy actors in Bali and was often discussed on various occasions by the local government.
“We are preparing a ‘Free COVID Corridor’ in Bali and several other destinations,” said Menparekraf Sandiaga Uno on Monday (1/3).
Sandiaga Uno explained the government needed to be careful about the possibility of reopening the green zone on the Island of the Gods for tourists.
Sandiaga Uno explained that the planned green zone area in question is Nusa Dua and Ubud, but it is possible to expand it to Nusa Penida and several other locations according to the direction of the local government.
“We want us to be more prepared along with the decline in the number of COVID-19, especially in Bali. We have initiated this green zone to open its tourism to several countries such as China, Singapore, and other countries,” said Sandiaga Uno.
The minister also admitted that he invited the ambassadors of several countries to meet in Bali and other tourist destinations to see the government’s readiness to open tourism destinations.
However, he emphasized that the plan to open tourism also very much depends on the efforts to deal with COVID-19 in Bali.
Sandiaga Uno hopes that the reduction in COVID-19 cases can be a consideration for the government to be able to start implementing the ‘Free Covid Corridor’ plan.
“In the middle of this month we hope that there will be coordination between us and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Law and Human Rights and the Minister of Health as well as the Head of the Covid-19 Task Force along with the governors and ranks, we want to finalize the flow of ‘Free Covid Corridor’ and ensure testing. try can be done. If the results are positive, we can continue and increase in terms of numbers, “said Sandiaga Uno.
On the same occasion, Bali Governor Wayan Koster explained that two areas were selected in the Free Covid Corridor program as freen zones, namely Nusa Dua and Ubud.
He asked for support for the smooth supply of vaccines imported to Bali to streamline the program plan.
“If the vaccines have arrived, we prioritize these two places. March can be completed. So, the Minister of Tourism can start opening domestic tourist visits at the latest in May in Nusa Dua and Ubud because everyone has been vaccinated,” he said.
Koster said that if this step is successful, then the government can start opening Bali tourism to foreign tourists in several countries with strict requirements such as receiving vaccinations and implementing health protocols.
Bali is a region that is very dependent on the tourism sector. A year since the pandemic hit Indonesia, the economy of Bali, 52 percent of which comes from tourism, has had a significant impact.
“It’s been a year, the impact has been on tourism and the economy of Bali. The hotels are empty, the restaurants are quiet, so for the first time in history, I think the Balinese economy has experienced the deepest contraction, which is 12 percent, the lowest so far in Bali and the lowest. in Indonesia, “concluded Koster.