To accelerate the tourism recovery, Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has announced an aggressive initiation effort; including potential plans for Covid-free ‘Green Zones’ where travellers can visit and stay safely during their holiday in Bali.
The ‘Green Zone’ plan was first brought up by Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno. Additionally, he also proposed the issuance of visa with five-year validity targeting international visitors.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo have also agreed to proceed with the ‘Green Zone’ tourism zone. “I see that in the province of Bali we want to concentrate on three designated green zones, specifically Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua. We are optimistic of these becoming green zones, green areas that we can fully open to tourists,” he remarked during one of his visit to witness a mass vaccination campaign at Pure Saren Agung, Gianyar, a week ago.
The mass vaccination program targeting over 170,000 people in Ubud, Nusa Dua, and Sanur have began since 22 March 2021, as officials start preparing for the province’s potential reopening to foreign tourism by the middle of this year.
“Establishing these three green zones is a smart move in the effort to open Bali’s tourism. By providing vaccines, supported with implementation of strict health protocols and discipline, then green zones in these three areas will be a reality,” said Dewa Made Indra, regional secretary of the Bali administration.
Indonesian officials are proposing a “travel corridor arrangement” with several countries such as Netherlands, China, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Singapore; which are deemed successful in containing the spread of the coronavirus, have high vaccination rates, and could offer reciprocal benefits.
Nothing appears to be final just yet, but the designation of the first three green zones in Bali and the kick-off of the vaccination program in these areas today at least show that the proposed plan is in motion.
Let’s hope for the best!