Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has announced a new tourism program for vaccinated visitors in Bali.
Sandiaga added that the program has received direct approval from President Joko Widodo and may soon be introduced to increase the number of tourists, both local and foreign.
“Bali was chosen (as a pilot project) because Bali is now in dire need of tourists due to a very deep economic downturn,” added Sandiaga.
Bali’s economy continues to experience a deep recession due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the fourth quarter of 2020, Bali’s economic growth was -12.21 percent. Bali’s economic growth is projected to be between -6 and -8 percent in the second quarter of 2021.
Sandiaga Uno said that tourists who come to Bali would be asked to get vaccinated in Bali. This program will be carried out so that tourists can get access to vaccinations.
“So it is not only the Balinese who get the vaccine, but we should make sure that the tourists who enter Bali, both local and foreign tourists, are already vaccinated,” said Sandiaga.
The Minister stressed that this program was still at the stage of finalization. If it is ready, the program will be announced directly by the Governor of Bali.
The opening of tourism in Bali depends on the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic both in Indonesia and abroad. Sandiaga stressed that if conditions for the opening of tourism in Bali turn unfavorable, the plan would be revised.
“The corridor preparation is at 90 percent level. Meanwhile, the preparation of charter flights as a trial has also shown significant progress, but pressing the button depends on the latest Covid-19 situation. So, we decided that if the situation is smooth, we will finalize it and if it is not, of course, we will adjust it,” said the minister of tourism and creative economy.