Bali official suggests cutting quarantine period to 3 days to attract foreign tourists

File photo of a surfer in Bali. Photo: Pixabay
File photo of a surfer in Bali. Photo: Pixabay

More than two weeks since Bali officially opened its doors to foreign tourists, the dearth of international travelers is still felt across the province, and the local government is suggesting a shorter quarantine period to attract visitors. 

International travelers are subject to a five-day quarantine period upon arrival in Indonesia at their own expense, among other requirements, such as showing proof of full inoculation.

“Let us try to [lessen quarantine period], if possible from five to three days,” Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, or Cok Ace, said yesterday. 

“Because our competitors abroad [are implementing] zero quarantine [days], this is our consideration for the future.”

This includes Thailand, which on Sunday allowed travelers from 17 additional countries to enter the kingdom without quarantine. After the update, fully-vaccinated travelers from 63 countries, including Australia, Singapore, and Indonesia, may enter Thailand without mandatory quarantine.

The Bali Provincial Government says it has made the recommendation to the central government, but the matter is still up for evaluation at this point, considering the possibility of the emergence of new coronavirus variants, Cok Ace said.

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