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Jakarta Post

Govt’s strict travel requirements for Bali prompt holidaymakers to cancel trips

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 17, 2020   /  07:05 pm
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Domestic tourists spend time at tourist destination Tegallalang in Gianyar, Bali on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.(Antara/Fikri Yusuf)

The government’s recent decision to implement a stricter health protocol for trips to Bali during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday has prompted thousands of travelers to cancel their plans to go to the resort island. Based on Bali Governor Circular Letter No. 2021/2020, those entering Bali by air transport are required to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result for COVID-19, at the latest two days prior to the date of departure. Those using other modes of transportation will have to show a negative antigen rapid test result. The regulation will be in effect from Dec. 18 to Jan. 8. Dio Raditya, an employee at a private company, rescheduled his family trip to Bali after learning about the PCR test requirement. The 25-year-old said he initially booked a flight with national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia in April, but the airline canceled all f...