Bali travel corridor expanding to 18 countries

Bali travel corridor expanding to 18 additional countries when it reopening the doors for international tourists starting on Thursday Oct 14 th 2021 . The government is planning to add its travel corridors to Hungary, France, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Britain, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Russia. Singapore is not one of them because it has not met the WHO level 1 and 2 alert requirements. Previously, the government said it would start opening international flights only for 6 countries starting on October 14 th 2021
Bali travel corridor expandingSandiaga, The Minister of Tourism explained that the government is still selective in accepting foreigners in Indonesia. South Korea, China, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi , Dubai and New Zealand are allowed to enter Indonesia . Sandiaga said that Bali’s preparations for welcoming foreign tourists are completed for 90 %. It’s just for the certainty of implementation – first, the end-to-end CHSE protocol that we have to ensure, second is the country of origin of foreign tourists, and finally the form of visa. We are still working on this,” he said on Monday (11/10/2021). CHSE stands for Cleanliness, Health, Safety, Environmental Sustainability. Regarding the form of the visa, his party is still waiting for directions from the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investments.

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The visa is being discussed and for the October 14 th 2021, we are waiting for the direction of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs to assign the Minister of Law and Human Rights to formulate a policy in terms of the right visa, which is suitable for this trial says Sandiaga. He hopes that some of the things mentioned earlier can be finalized in the near future. He also appealed to tourism actors to continue to apply strict and disciplined health protocols. After that, tourist destinations must immediately go all out to take advantage of this opportunity, don’t be careless in implementing health protocols. Don’t let these gradual, gradual, and sustainable incremental steps actually trigger an increase in new cases of Covid-19,” moreover, new variants have been identified,” he explained. He emphasized that compliance with health protocols for incoming foreign tourists is non-negotiable or non-negotiable. If there is a violation, there are stages that are passed with deportation as the end.

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Bali quarantine period reduced to 5 days

Bali quarantine period reduced from 8 to only 5 days have been finally announced by the Indonesian president says the Minister of Tourism  Sandiaga Uno on Friday (10/08/2021). It has also received assurance from the Ministry of Health that the quarantine has been reduced to 5 days and this will continue to be evaluated says Saniaga . Jokowi had held a closed closed meeting with the ministers at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta. One of the meetings was attended by Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto. In the meeting, the government discussed preparations for the opening of archipelagic areas such as Bali and the Riau Islands for foreign tourists.

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The Bali Tourism Office positively welcomes the plan to reduce the 8-day quarantine to 5 days for foreign tourists or foreign tourists who are going on vacation to the Island of the Gods. The Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, I Putu Astawa, said that his party had not received official information regarding the reduction of quarantine. However, Bali Tourism Office assessed that the central government’s policy through a meeting chaired by Jokowi what was very good because it would attract foreign tourists to come to Bali. Astawa explained, for foreign tourists who come will be quarantined in hotels in the green zone or green zone in Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Sanur, Denpasar, and in Nusa Dua, Badung area.

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The quarantine reduction plan will increase the interest of tourists visiting Bali. It is more interesting for tourists, I think, to travel to Bali. The hope is that it will increase their interest in being able to come to Bali”, said Astawa. Currently, direct international flights to Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport are opened for 5 countries, namely South Korea, Japan, United Arab Emirates, China, and New Zealand. If we go to Bali, our market is mostly from Australia, and China secondly,


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Sumatran elephants in Bali now Critically endangered

Sumatran elephants in Bali now Critically endangered in an elephant park forced  to close caused by the COVID-19 pandemic .You cannot imagine a skinny elephant until you see one,” said Femke Den Haas, a veterinarian from the Netherlands who has been working to protect wildlife in Indonesia for 20 years.“ They are big animals and you’re not meant to see their bones. But that’s what they were – just skin and bones.” Bali Elephant Camp (BEC) is a safari-style park, a half-hour drive north of Ubud, the Indonesian island’s cultural capital, that offered a range of nature-based activities like bike-riding through rice fields, and white-water rafting. In 2005, BEC joined a wildlife conservation program run by the Ministry of Forestry that entrusts privately-owned zoos and safari parks in Indonesia with the care of critically endangered Sumatran elephants. A 2007 study by the World Wildlife Fund found there were as few as 2,400 Sumatran elephants left in the wild, and the number now is thought to have halved as a result of poaching for ivory, human-elephant conflict, and deforestation. Between 1980 and 2005 – the equivalent of only one and a half elephant generations – 67 percent of the potential Sumatran elephant’s habitat was lost. In the wild, the animal was listed as ‘critically endangered’ in 2012.Sumatran elephants in Bali

The elephants for the parks and zoos are sourced from breeding centers established 30 years ago in Sumatra in a program  that was supposed to help stabilize the population. In exchange for giving the animals a home, accredited businesses were permitted to sell elephant-tourism services that were wildly profitable before the pandemic. BEC was charging $230 for a half-hour elephant ride for two people. The birth of three baby elephants over the past 15 years suggests BEC was not only meeting but exceeding its animal welfare requirements. “Our friends in conservation say we have some of the healthiest, happiest elephants they’ve ever seen!” the company’s website boasts. But photographs taken by a wildlife veterinarian at the park in May and shared exclusively with Al Jazeera showed several severely undernourished elephants.


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Jakarta Bali Marathon run completed by 60 years old athlete

Jakarta Bali Marathon run of 1,344 KM   from Jakarta to Bali has  been successfully completed by The 60-year-old athlete Robert Spour during  period of 18 days.  The 60-year-old athlete started his struggle on Wednesday (1/9) morning by taking the star location in the Monas area, Central Jakarta. In one day, Uncle Rob, as he is usually called, runs an average of 85 kilometers before deciding to take a break. He must fulfill this if he wants to arrive on time in Bali.Jakarta Bali Marathon run

During the run, Robert Spour got a challenge like a car passing by at high speed. In a tired body condition, he was forced to stay focused so as not to experience unwanted things. However, in the midst of his struggle, the Austrian runner encountered a new obstacle, namely an injured ring finger nail and pain in his left hip. Even so, Robert Spour continued his struggle. 


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When entering the eastern region of Java Island, Om Rob got a new challenge from the weather temperature factor. The scorching sun caused his skin to burn and become dehydrated. To work around this, Robert decided to always start running in the morning or even at night around 01.00 AM

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Bali finally reopening international from October 14 th 2021

Bali finally reopening international with direct  flights from New Zealand, Qatar and United Arab Emirates  starting on Thursday October 14 th 2021. Bali’s Ngurah Rai international airport will be open to foreign tourists from that date, with visitors required to quarantine for eight days at their own expense said Luhut, minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Monday October 4 th 2021.The government is still finalizing some steps including lists of countries with direct flights to Bali.

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The government is now allowing fitness centers and restaurants in cinemas to reopen with limited capacity and strict health protocols. A youth basketball competition in Jakarta and Surabaya is also allowed to proceed. Authorities reported 922 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest since June 21, 2020. More than 4.2 million people in the country have tested positive for the virus, with 142,261 total fatalities, according to the health ministry data.

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However, daily cases have plummeted from more than 56,000 at the peak of the second wave in mid-July this year to 1,100 cases on Oct. 3.

Health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin had previously flagged reopening the popular resort island, saying foreign tourists could return after more than 70% of people on Bali had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

The government has also signaled its willingness to reopen the island to international tourists to help revive Bali’s battered economy.

Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, exited its first recession in over two decades in the second quarter, though a COVID-19 resurgence and ensuing social restrictions likely weighed on the recovery momentum.

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The partial reopening, however, does not include Australia — a key source of tourists before the pandemic.

 


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Bali restrictions finally reduced from level 4 to 3

Bali restrictions finally reduced from level 4 to level 3 for 11 out of the 14 regions after the COVID-19 cases have been recently  improved.  Currently ,there are 3 regions’ in Bali who stay on same PPKM level 4.  Luhut Pandjaitan stated during  a press conference on the extension of the Java-Bali PPKM said that COVID-19 cases nationally experienced a downward trend of up to 93.9 percent.COVID-19 cases in Java-Bali fell by 96 percent from the peak point of COVID-19 cases on July 15, 2021.

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“In the implementation of PPKM carried out until last week, the government managed to reduce Bali province to level 3, so that from 11 regencies/cities level 4, today it is reduced to 3 regencies/cities,” said Luhut on  Monday, September 13 th 221. The improving COVID-19 situation in Java-Bali led to a decrease in PPKM levels. But Luhut emphasized the need to accelerate vaccination, implement PeduliLindung to comply with health protocols It can be said that we all need to be vigilant because there is an increase in confirmed cases and deaths in Sukoharjo Regency, Tegal Regency, Semarang Regency. This is also an early warning for us,” said Luhut.

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In his explanation, Luhut highlighted the observance of health protocols that everyone must follow. He spoke of the adherence to the procedure for residents to wear masks in Bali, which is already more than 95 percent. But I’m sorry that there are still excessive religious celebrations that should be controlled so that there are not too many participants which will cause new clusters,” continued Luhut.


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backpacker’s banned from Bali by reopening

backpacker’s banned from Bali by reopening says the minister of Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan who is preparing to open the islands for international tourism ,Luhut said Indonesia would screen all foreign tourists when entering Bali. He doesn’t want backpacker- style tourists , but targeting quality tourists during  a work meeting when visiting  in Jimbaran on Friday (10/09/2021). Luhut said, there are several scheme points that have been prepared. The first tourists coming from several  Travel bubbles countries that have succeeded in controlling the corona virus. The reopening for international  tourism depends on  these countries , but not all countries Bali also  prepares international-class health facilities.

The opening of an international hospital in Bali in the near future is also in preparation.

Luhut asked the Balinese people to be patient in determining the schedule for the opening of international tourism. Next week on Sept 16 th 2021 the restrictions will normally  partly lifted and  should be going down from level 4 to level 3 and hopefully soon  to level 2.  Without the discipline of health protocols the level will not be able to go down, and avoid crowding activities, the Covid-19 vaccination will continue to be intensified and continue to carry out centralized isolation (Isoter).


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From the report obtained by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, there are already 9,000 residents who have entered Isoter in Bali , this will greatly assist the handling of cases here. There are still problems, especially the mortality rate in some areas still high, Lastly, we were clearing the piled up data. Earlier, between the Ministry of Health’s data, Mr. Dente was present and the data from the Bali Provincial Health Office would be completed. If it is finished, 2,600 unclear data can be parsed. 

 


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Bali visa on arrival earliest from November 2022

Bali visa on arrival earliest from November 2022 to protect the island from new Covid-19 transmissions announced Sandiaga Uno, the Ministry of Tourism on Thursday 26/08/2021. He explained the reasons behind not choosing Bali as a destination for essential travelers . The essential traveler is a visit by foreign tourist in the context of essential business trips and official trips. Sandiaga said that Bali was not chosen as an essential traveler destination as an effort to protect the Island of the Gods. The reason is that visits from abroad to Indonesia are considered to be the risk  for the new transmission of Covid-19.

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All of these want to protect Bali because they think there are many triggers for new transmissions from PMI [Indonesian migrant workers] who return to Indonesia, not accepting essential travelers as an effort to protect Bali,” he said, Thursday (26/8/2021). According to him, Bali is expected to be able to reduce Covid-19 cases so that economic recovery by opening international borders can be carried out immediately.

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Bali has also been named as the location for the G20 conference which will take place next year. Bali is also being pursued as a place for the holding of world tourism day . “The opening of Bali is a symbol of our awakening and hopefully we can gradually try it out and it can be carried out a few months before the G20 kicks  off which takes place in November 2022 or at least the end of the third quarter,” he said.


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Bali focused on locals rather than foreign tourists

Bali focused on locals rather than foreign tourists says experts while overseas borders remained closed .  Hundreds of Australians were forced out of coronavirus-struck Bali earlier this month on board a special repatriation flight organized by the federal government and experts say the holiday island will never be the same again. In the past few weeks, as Indonesia grapples with soaring virus cases, almost 800 Australians registered their interest to leave Indonesia with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs. To date, Indonesia has racked up nearly 3.9 million official coronavirus cases and more than 120,000 deaths. Indonesia has quickly become one of the worst hit nations, with experts suggesting local travel during the Islamic Eid holiday in May and the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant are pushing case numbers up.

Bali focused on locals rather than foreign touristsDespite daily new infections in Indonesia appearing to trend down in August after hitting a high of more than 56,000 in July, Bali is in the midst of one of its worst outbreaks since the pandemic began. Prior to the pandemic, Bali attracted more than six million foreign tourist arrivals in 2019 alone and Australian and Chinese tourists making up more than half of that total. Domestically, 10.5 million Indonesian tourists visited Bali in 2019, while about 4.5 million travelled to the resort island in 2020. As an island reliant on international tourism, Bali moved to focus on attracting local visitors while overseas borders remained closed. Some say local tourists had been discriminated against prior to the pandemic, with the priority always on the international dollar.


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But now, experts say the tourism sector will need to change their priority from overseas travellers to those holidaying domestically for months, maybe years to come. It’s time Bali stopped deifying foreign tourists, in the future after the pandemic it will be difficult to attract tourists because tourism competition will be even tighter between countries,” Nyoman Sukma Arida, a Tourism Faculty lecturer at the Udayana University, We’ve observed how Bali differentiates treatment between foreign and domestic tourists. But this doesn’t happen in other regions like Yogyakarta and Malang, where both tourists are treated equally,” Sukma said.

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Suitcase Killer Heather Mack soon released from Bali prison

Suitcase Killer Heather Mack is about to be released in October 2021 from Kerobokan prison and will be immediately deported to the Unites States. I am fearful and nervous of returning to Chicago. I’m not worried about the idea that people cannot understand the tragedy for my sake. But I’m nervous for [my daughter] Stella,” Heather said she scared that if she comes back to the States and to be exposed to what happened.Suitcase Killer Heather MackStella was born in prison during the sensational trial of her parents,  Mack and Tommy Schaefer, in March 2015. The two were convicted by an Indonesian court of killing Mack’s mother, Chicago socialite Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, in August 2014. Schaefer, then 21, bludgeoned Sheila to death with a metal fruit bowl in a room at Bali’s five-star St. Regis resort. He and Heather, then 18, stuffed the body into a suitcase, loaded the bloody bag into a taxi, and fled the scene. After the cabdriver alerted police, the couple was arrested at a budget hotel a few miles away.

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Both were found guilty of murder in the first degree and locked up in Bali’s Kerobokan prison, with Schaefer sentenced to 18 years and Heather to 10. But Indonesian President Joko Widodo last week decided she will be released in October — nearly three years early — for good behavior. Heather, who grew up in the well-heeled Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Ill., will be immediately deported to the US. Yet she is considering leaving Stella, now six, temporarily with the Bali foster family who has raised her since she was two years old “I do not want anyone shoving a camera into Stella’s face. I know that it will happen to me but I will do my best to protect Stella from that trauma,

Suitcase Killer Heather MackI absolutely regret what happened. I loved my mom and I still do,” Heather said. “She wasn’t evil, and she didn’t deserve to die the way she did. I didn’t kill her for money. It was for my freedom and Stella’s freedom, or so I thought at the time. I think of her a thousand times a day.” Heather was raised in a $1.5 million Italian Renaissance-style home in Oak Park by her mother and her father, famed jazz arranger and composer James L. Mack. A guest conductor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he also worked with the London Philharmonic and  jazz legends like singer Nancy Wilson and pianist Ramsey Lewis. In 1996, James, then 66, married Sheila von Wiese,  22 years his junior. A political-science grad, Sheila told a publication  she had once worked as a researcher for Sen. Ted Kennedy, adding, “I even poured tea for Rose Kennedy a time or two.

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Parties at the family home were a hot ticket among musicians, literary-types and Oak Park high society. But police were called to the  home in 2004 when James’ ex accused Sheila of preventing a visit from James’ son. (He has another son and four daughters from previous relationships.) The ex claimed that Sheila would turn off the lights and pretend not to be home when they came to see  James, who was ill and confined to bed.

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In 2006, James  who was suffering from Stage IV colon cancer and had been wheelchair-bound since 2000 died of a pulmonary embolism while on vacation with Sheila and Heather in Athens, Greece. Sheila left her husband’s body in a Greek morgue to continue her holiday, cruising off to Santorini with 10-year-old Heather. It was in Santorini that my anger at my mother started, It never really stopped. It grew.”