There has been chatter coming from Indonesia that the country plans to reopen this month for a limited number of international visitors through travel corridors with a small number of countries.
Then the country last week instituted a cap of 90 passengers that each international flight can bring to the country regardless of the plane type.
Now, the governor of Bali doesn’t want to lower the quarantine period of incoming visitors to two nights but rather have them locked up in hotels for eight nights before allowing tourists to roam around the island.
Quarantine hotels in Bali:
An excerpt from the Bali Sun:
Officials from the Bali Health Agency have refused the proposal to reduce quarantine time for international visitors into only 2 days when the border reopens.
The Head of the Bali Health Agency, Dr. Ketut Suarjaya confirmed that the provincial government has rejected the proposal and will continue to implement the 8 day quarantine policy for all international travelers once the international travel corridor reopens in the near future.
Dr. Suarjaya was concerned that the implementation might cause another transmission of Covid-19’s new variant from the foreign visitors. “I totally disagree with that idea as the incubation period of Covid-19 transmission is more than 2 days. So we have to prevent the virus transmission, especially the new variant from getting onto the island.” Dr. Suarjaya said on Thursday (30/9).
For me, it seems that Indonesia is trying hard to outdo Thailand when it comes to unclear and incoherent messaging regarding the border reopening.
One day they are planning to open the border with travel corridors. Another day, they are limiting the number of passengers that each aircraft can bring to the country. Now Bali wants to keep the quarantine at eight days for incoming visitors instead of two.
There will be an insignificant number of actual visitors or tourists unless the country entirely scraps the quarantine requirement, as nobody is going to spend the first eight or even two nights of their holiday locked inside a room at one of these quarantine hotels.
Look at how abysmal the number of visitors to Thailand there have been in the first three months of the Phuket Sandbox project. They only attracted roughly one-third of the initial estimate of 100K “tourists” (July – September), and most of them are Thai nationals and residents that would rather spend a two-week “holiday” in Phuket than in a quarantine hotel room in Bangkok.