In the face of a recent doubling of COVID-19 cases is in Indonesia, the Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, assured on Tuesday, 22 June 2021, that Bali will still reopen to international tourism but do so in careful reference to the current developing situation surrounding the global pandemic.
A Vaccine-based Approach to Opening Borders
As reported by the State News Agency Antara, the Minister said Bali is preparing for a vaccine-based approach to allowing foreign tourists to return to Bali and restart the Island’s economy.
“Amid the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, we are witnessing a decrease in domestic tourists traveling to Bali. Because of this, the Ministry and the Governor of Bali have reported to the President and received agreement to pursue vaccine-based tourism,” explained Sandiaga.
Vaccine-based tourism will provide vaccination as a lead option for international tourists visiting the Island of Bali. Not only will the people of Bali receive the vaccine, but both domestic and foreign tourists will be vaccinated.
The Minister issued thanks to the Government and all the related stakeholders supporting and implementing the “Work from Bali” program. Sandiaga said the “Work from Bali (WFB)” program had increased the level of domestic travelers visiting Bali who are all following strict health protocols.
Because of the program’s success in Bali, the Government is expanding the “Work from Bali” program to include similar programs, such as “Work from Magelang (Borobudur).”
“I see vaccination as becoming a pre-condition for our recovery because the increase of COVID-19 cases is largely among members of the public who have not yet been inoculated,” explained the Minister.
Minister Sandiaga said that vaccine-based tourism was being implemented in Bali and would soon be expanded to other areas of the country.