Bali To Reopen Borders For International Travelers: UNWTO

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), an official agency of the United Nations, confirmed that Bali is now ready to reopen to international tourism.

UNWTO Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific Region, Harry Hwang, conducted a full inspection of the Bali prep phase and reviewed the health and safety protocols being administered.

The only thing standing in the way of the reopening of Bali is an official presidential decree to reopen the borders to international tourism.

During the Bali Democracy Forum on Thursday (10/12) in Nusa Dua, Hwang mentioned that when he landed in Bali, he was immediately impressed by Bali’s implementation of the prevention protocols.

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Hwang also credited the provincial government with ensuring that all accommodation providers adhere to the standards set out in the Clean Health Safety Environment (CHSE).

Indonesia Health Card Alert (e-HAC) contributes to security measures and assists the government in monitoring travel history and records.

“I’m happy to see Indonesia handle this situation accordingly. I won’t be surprised to see an international travel corridor reopen by the end of this year” Harry concluded. 

Wishnutama, head of the Indonesian tourism and creative industries, was grateful that the UNWTO was supporting Indonesia at this time.

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During the “Bali Capacity Building Workshop to Resume International Tourism” seminar, December 7-9, Wishnutama said Indonesia will focus on introducing new procedures to adapt to the “new normal” era such as better health and immigration Services.

“The pandemic should really change our mindset. People need to be more aware of their health and safety, especially before going on vacation,” concluded Wishnutama.

(Source – The Bali Sun)


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