Perhaps there are still many people who do not understand why the entry requirements to Bali are different for domestic travelers who use air and land routes.
The Regional Secretary of the Province of Bali, Dewa Made Indra, who received this question, then explained the reason.
“This is a classic question. Because the differences in requirements between land, sea and air are nothing new. Not only in the Circular of the Governor of Bali Number 2021. This is following the policies of the Central Government, ”he explained, Thursday (17/12/2020).
According to Dewa Indra, the enforcement of the standard requirements for the COVID-19 health protocol for Domestic Travel Players who enter via air, land and sea routes is a policy of the Central Government based on certain considerations.
“The consideration is on economic capacity,” he said.
The government assumes that Domestic Travelers who travel by air have better economic capacity. Meanwhile, the West route domestic traveler is not certain. It can be seen at the Ketapang-Gilimanuk crossing that most of them are traders and all kinds of people. So if given the same conditions, it is almost the same as closing the door.
“So this is a humanitarian consideration, but it does not reduce prevention efforts,” he added.
For this reason, local governments will only follow national policies.
Approaching the Christmas and New Year 2021 holidays, domestic travel using air transportation is required to show negative COVID-19 results from tea Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Meanwhile, domestic trips entering Bali by private vehicle via land and sea routes are required to show a certificate of non-reactive antigen rapid test results. The policy is in effect from 19 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.
Dewa Indra said, the provincial government of Bali could relax the conditions at the entrance to Bali Island during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, if the policy is taken, the risk is an increase in the number of cases, morbidity and mortality.
“If we open it wide. So we also have to pay very dearly. COVID-19 cases will increase. The pain will increase. The death rate will increase. We just have to choose which one, “he said.
He believes that the Governor’s circular letter policy Number 2021 of 2020 will bring benefits when the COVID-19 case can be controlled, and the morbidity and mortality rates can also be controlled.