Bali to crack down on misbehaving tourists
Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan made waves this month when he said Bali would eliminate backpackers and focus on ‘quality’ tourists after it reopens, which is slated for October .
“We will screen tourists who visit,” Pandjaitan told media. “We don’t want backpackers, to keep Bali clean, and quality tourists coming here.
“We are aiming for quality tourism in Bali, so we will not allow backpackers to enter once the plan to reopen for international travelers is officially put in place in the near future,” Pandjaitan said (these comments reportedly came September 10).
The comments went viral and the spokesperson for Pandjaitan then posted an update.
The spokesperson said it would not be backpackers who would not be welcome, but “visitors who violate health rules and regulations” and “immigration laws and regulations” in Indonesia – something that Bali has been cracking down on for some time.
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Bali is not alone in taking advantage of the pandemic to encourage a more profitable type of tourism. Amsterdam has done it too, as have various other tourism hot spots around the world.
Back in Bali though, The lonely planet said, “the government spokesman added that all foreign visitors and tourists can visit Bali, provided they follow the protocols.”
In other news regarding Bali’s reopening, the popular island, which is economically very dependent on tourism, plans to reopen to international tourists in October (after 70% of the local population has been vaccinated), in start with countries with low COVID-19 rates and high vaccination rates.
These countries include Japan, Singapore, and New Zealand.
7news.com.au reports that Pandjaitan said the addition of confirmed COVID-19 cases fell 94.5% from a peak in mid-July.
As for Australians who hope to spend their vacation in Bali again, looking to the future, vaccine passports still seem essential to reach the world.
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