The government will open Bali‘s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport for flights from a number of countries.
The Ministry of Transportation is preparing health protocols for foreign tourists to prevent the entry of new Covid-19 variants.
The implementation of health protocols for international arrival travelers refers to the Circular Letter of the Task Force handling Covid-19 Number 18 of 2021.
The rules cover the obligation of PCR tests to quarantine once they arrive on the Dewata Island.
“With the policy of opening international flights to Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, we want to ensure the readiness of handling passengers of Ngurah Rai Airport runs well in accordance with health protocols,” transportation ministry spokeswoman Adita Irawati said as quoted from her statement on Tuesday (5/10).
Some of the rules of the health protocol are that tourists must conduct a PCR Covid-19 swab test upon arrival at the arrival area and must quarantine for at least 8 days.
Then on the 7th day, the traveler will again undergo tests. If the result is negative, they are welcome to continue on their way. Instead, passengers who have a positive PCR test result should return to quarantine.
In addition, the Ministry of Transportation also coordinates with other institutions to ensure the readiness of handling international arrival passengers goes well.
The preparation of health protocols includes the provision of PCR test facilities in arrival terminals, waiting rooms, quarantine rooms, and so on.
For information, the government will open Bali to foreign tourists from certain regions starting October 14.
Flights allowed into the Dewata Island come from South Korea, China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, and New Zealand.
But incoming tourists must meet the terms and requirements, such as quarantine and Covid-19 tests. “Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport will be opened internationally on October 14, 2021,” Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said in a virtual press conference on Monday (10/4).
In addition, each international passenger must have proof of hotel booking for a minimum quarantine of 8 days at their own expense. The government will also set up a Task Force in Bali to oversee the opening of international doors.