DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali Governor Wayan Koster has submitted a request to enforce a policy to no longer require PCR test for foreign travelers (PPLN) to Bali. The request is submitted to the Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) as Chair of the Covid-19 Task Force, on Tuesday, 17 May 2022.
Governor Koster has also submitted another request to Indonesia’s Minister of Health to set the endemic status for Bali, in a Letter Number: 773/Satgas Covid19/V/2022, dated 17 May 2022.
Related to the governor’s strategic steps, the Chairman of the Bali Villa Association (BVA) Putu Gede Hendrawan stated that he appreciates the governor’s appeals for the Endemic status of Bali.
“We at BVA appreciate the governor’s steps. We hope that the proposal will be approved by the central government soon,” said Putu Gede Hendrawan, also known by his nickname Jro Hendra.
Jro Hendra believes that the Endemic status of Bali is one of the tools for all tourism actors and stakeholders on the island in attracting the market.
“The change of status to Endemic is one of the tools for us to create marketing materials for tourists coming to Bali,” he added.
The Endemic status, he continued, also will increase the confidence of tourism actors and stakeholders to promote Bali so that tourists begin to believe and feel safe coming to Bali.
“The Endemic status, if possible, should be acquired soon. Because in the tourism system, July to August is the high season of tourist visits. So we can make additional marketing tools for tourists”, he said.
Jro Hendra added that the impact of implementing the Endemic status for Bali is that tourist visits would increase drastically. Moreover, the Visa on Arrival (VoA) has been opened, but if it’s possible the VoA fee should be the same as before.