PeduliLindungi app mandatory as Bali reopens tourist spots to public

Tourists visiting Tanah Lot in October 2019. Photo: Coconuts Media
Tourists visiting Tanah Lot in October 2019. Photo: Coconuts Media

Bali is still under Level 4 of the central government’s Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (PPKM) protocol, but a number of tourist destinations across the island are reopening to the public today in accordance with the latest circular published by the provincial government yesterday.

Visitors must have the integrated health and mobility tracker app PeduliLindungi installed on their phones, which contains data on users’ vaccination and testing history. 

“Natural, cultural, man-made, spiritual tourist attractions and tourist villages are to undergo trial runs for reopening with a maximum visitor capacity of 50 percent by implementing very strict health protocols and [for visitors] to use the PeduliLindungi app,” the circular, which was signed by Bali Governor Wayan Koster, reads.

Kuta Beach and the Tanah Lot temple are among the tourist attractions that have reopened today, while others such as Jatiluwih rice terraces in Tabanan regency and the Sangeh Monkey Forest in Badung regency are set to reopen tomorrow and Friday, respectively.

I Wayan Wasista, a bendesa adat (traditional village leader) in Kuta, said that visitors and sellers have to be fully vaccinated and have their digital certificates in the PeduliLindungi app to be granted entry to Kuta Beach. 

On the other hand, visitors to the Tanah Lot temple are required to scan a QR code at the entrance using PeduliLindungi, which will determine whether or not they meet the requirements to be granted entry, including having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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