Thousands of Passengers Cancel Trip Due to the New Requirements Upon Entering Bali

Entering the territory of Bali Province was further tightened after the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, emphasized that there was a measured and controlled tightening policy on Tuesday (15/12/2020).

The Provincial Government of Bali followed up by issuing Circular Number 2021/2020 which was effective from 18 December 2020 to 4 January 2021. In the letter, it was stated that Domestic Travel Players must obtain a certificate of negative COVID-19 results from the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test for travel by air. Meanwhile, those who enter by land and sea must show a certificate of non-reactive results from the rapid antigen test.

New years eve celebration in Bali
New years eve celebration in Bali

Meanwhile, the head of the Badung Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association, I Gusti Agung Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya, predicts that domestic tourist visits during the Christmas and New Year 2021 holidays will increase by up to 15 thousand per day.

A prospective domestic tourist from Bogor, Diah Eta (29) said that she and her husband canceled their visit to Bali after hearing about the strict conditions imposed by the air route. Even though he had already ordered a ticket and pocketed a packet rapid test for departure on December 19, 2020.

Diah Eta checked the PCR Test price in her city, which is around IDR 900 thousand to IDR 1.2 million. However, for the test, which cost Rp. 900 thousand, she had to wait for the results for three days.

Sign in Bali International Airport
Sign in Bali International Airport

She revealed that some of his colleagues, who were originally with the group going on vacation to Bali, eventually canceled their trip due to problems with the PCR certificate.

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Another tourist, Fibri, admitted that he was not aware of this information. The plan is that he will come to Bali from Surabaya on January 4, 2020 by air. However, according to this Circular, Fibri must also get a PCR Test certificate because it is included in the last day of the policy’s effectiveness.

The head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, I Putu Astawa, when asked about the impact of the PCR test statement on domestic tourist visits to Bali, he said that there was a possibility of a visit cancellation.

“Logically, the New Year’s Eve has increased. There might be some cancelations, “he said on Wednesday (16/12/2020).

He showed the data on the arrival of passengers at the Domestic Terminal of Bali I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport since early December 2020 as follows:

* December 1, 2020: 5,265

* December 2, 2020: 6,371

* 3 December 2020: 7,103

* 4 December 2020: 8,211

* December 5, 2020: 6,426

* December 6, 2020: 7,122

* 7 December 2020: 5,675

* 8 December 2020: 5,367

* December 9, 2020: 7,486

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* December 10, 2020: 9,628

* December 11, 2020: 9,659

* December 12, 2020: 7,714

* December 13, 2020: 8,640

* December 14, 2020: 8,083

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Meanwhile, the number of departures from the Domestic Terminal is as follows:

* December 1, 2020: 5,360

* December 2, 2020: 5,261

* December 3, 2020: 5,058

* December 4, 2020: 6,083

* December 5, 2020: 6,291

* December 6, 2020: 9,203

* 7 December 2020: 6,311

* 8 December 2020: 5,200

* 9 December 2020: 6,111

* 10 December 2020: 5,705

* 11 December 2020: 6,680

* 12 December 2020: 7,595

* December 13, 2020: 10,610

* December 14, 2020: 7,451

Tourists waiting at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport Bali
Tourists waiting at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport Bali

Stakeholder Relation Manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali, Taufan Yudhistira, who was met at the Bali Governor’s Office on Monday (14/12/2020) said that domestic tourist visits on Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021 are predicted to increase to 340 thousand people through the airport. International I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali. This amount is calculated from 18 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.

However, when reconfirmed on Wednesday (16/12/2020), in connection with the enactment of this circular, Taufan said he could not predict flight cancellations.

“The predictions that we have made, were made before the Circular of the Governor of Bali was issued. For the prediction of flight reduction or cancellation, we have no information yet or cannot predict it, ”he explained.

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