Tourism players and officials are preparing the groundwork to welcome foreign tourists back to Bali in about a week, with the Transportation Ministry being among the latest to reaffirm that Ngurah Rai International Airport is ready for the task.
“All in all, preparations of facilities in I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport to welcome incoming international visitors are complete and we have prepared well,” Novie Riyanto, Director-General of Air Transportation, said today.
Novie said service facilities are ready at Ngurah Rai’s international arrival terminal, from stations for temperature and document checks, to areas reserved for PCR tests.
However, officials say they are still preparing quarantine hotels, as well as officers to monitor the quarantine facilities. Novie added that the Bali Provincial Government should ensure that there’s enough capacity to facilitate the quarantine of an estimated 25,000 travelers.
The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) said yesterday that at least 35 hotels have so far been verified to facilitate international travelers, with another 62 pending verification. Hotels designated as quarantine facilities for foreign tourists are only permitted to operate as such, according to the association.
PHRI also estimated that the total expense for an 8-day quarantine period might be around IDR25 million (US$1,759) for each traveler, covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, laundry and might even include PCR tests.