Bali’s call for Australian tourists to return
Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism spoke exclusively to Nine News about his personal mission to attract tourists to his country from now on.
The pandemic, which has wiped out international travelers, has seen 400,000 Balinese lose their jobs.
Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno has made Australia his first official trip since the reopening of borders, to ask Australians to return.
Mr Uno said Australians “miss” the nation.
“We want you back,” he said.
“We are seeing demand, very healthy demand from Australia in particular.
According to Expedia, Bali is the fourth most popular international destination for Easter, with Los Angeles, Singapore and Fiji ranking among the top three.
But it will take time for the island to recover.
Before the pandemic, it received up to 15,000 visitors a day. Currently there are about 1500.
To travel to Bali, Australians must be vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine.
They also need a PCR test before departure and upon arrival, but there is no need to quarantine.
Testing rules may be scrapped for Australians.
If you test positive, you can self-isolate in your hotel or villa.
Mr Uno said the risk of catching the virus there was low.
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“Only 0.4% of tourist arrivals actually get COVID in Bali, so an extremely low number and we want that to continue,” he said.