Tourism confidence in Bali rises after government scraps PCR test mandate

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

Optimism is now brewing among tourism players in Bali, with the recent scrapping of the requirement for PCR tests among fully vaccinated domestic travelers being seen as a crucial factor in attracting more visitors to the island. 

The Indonesian government this week reinstated rapid antigen tests as an accepted COVID-19 screening tool for air travel within Java and Bali for travelers who are fully vaccinated. Previously, negative PCR test results were mandatory to board all domestic flights.

Following reports of tourists canceling their trips to Bali due to the PCR tests requirement, this recent change is akin to a hopeful breeze among tourism service providers. 

“Now that PCR tests are no longer required, it has been a breath of fresh air for us. We are hoping that toward the end of the year, foreign tourists are coming to Bali and there are no other policies that would burden the tourism industry,” Kadek Niti, who heads the promotion and development department at Tanah Lot, said. 

The same optimism was expressed by the management of Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, who are expecting between 500 and 1,000 daily visitors in the near future. 

“We have increased our target now that PCR tests are no longer mandatory,” park spokesman Andre R. Prawiradisastra, said. 

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