The Indonesian Tourism Minister, Sandiaga Uno, met the Governor and the Vice Governor of Bali in order to find solutions to recover the tourism industry on the island.
The meeting took place in the Governor’s official residence on Thursday, February 11. The opening of the planned travel corridors was one of the main topics.
Such travel bubbles would allow international visitors to enter the country without the need to quarantine upon their arrival.
Travelers will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in their country of origin before they can visit the resort island. They will also have to take a swab test on arrival to ensure entering the country free of the virus.
Uno announced that the process of establishing a COVID-19 free corridor program is at its final stages.
What potential participant countries have agreed is yet to be revealed. According to various sources, China and Malaysia could be among them.
The Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, pointed out that it was Uno who had requested the gathering.
The Tourism Minister is making big efforts to bring tourism back to Bali, which has suffered a significant drop in foreign visitors since the beginning of the pandemic.
Along with other solutions, the Minister presented a financial aid plan for the businesses and villages most affected by the coronavirus crisis.
The government will provide a total of USD $669 million either as soft loans for establishments or wage incentives for the struggling areas.