BANYUWANGI, East Java (BPN) – Bali Government and Banyuwangi Authorities, East Java, have agreed to tighten the surveillance at Ketapang Port, to anticipate arus balik, the period when people return back to the city after celebrating Ramadhan in their hometown.
According to Bali Regional Secretary (Sekda) Dewa Made Indra, people should meet various specified requirements before entering the island, and the COVID-19-free certificate based on rapid test is a must.
“People who travel to Bali should meet several requirements such as have a clear purpose, have a job and must have a free COVID-19 certificate based on rapid tests,” said Dewa Indra said after a meeting with Ketapang Port authorities and the Banyuwangi Regency Administration and other related parties, at the Ketapang Port, Banyuwangi, East Java on Monday (5/25).
Dewa Indra who also the Deputy Chairman of Bali COVID-19 Task Force, explained the COVID-19-free certificate based on rapid tests is an absolute requirement for arus balik traveler.
“They will be asked to turn back if they cannot show the certificate, or the rapid test resulted in reactive,” he said.
The Head of Bali’s Transportation Office, IGW Samsi Gunarta explained that in addition to the requirements in the form of ID, certificate of employment, up to the COVID-19 free certificate, people who plan to enter Bali through Ketapang Port are also required to fill out data in the Cek Diri mobile application.
“The app will ensure the personal data, job, address, up to the person’s movement because it is also connected to the COVID-19 task force in customary villages in Bali. The task force’s officer in the village will later ensure that the person applies the SOP such as self-isolation,” Gunarta explained.
Meanwhile, Banyuwangi Administration that represented by the Community and Human Resources Expert Staff, Dwi Yanto, said that they agreed to the policies which required the rapid test certificate.
He also explained that the Banyuwangi Authorities have carried out the document and other requirements checks at several checkpoints before entering the Ketapang Port.