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Since yesterday, Thursday (05/28) anyone arriving at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport is required to bring a negative Covid-19 certificate based on a swab test, however there appears to have been some minor hiccups getting it off the ground.

The Bali Provincial Secretary Dewa Made Indra said yesterday the regulation will be socialized to the public for the next seven days. This regulation will also be evaluated in view of the situation and conditions that occur in the field. He asked the airlines to carry out a vigorous verification of passengers flying to Bali.

This regulation does not apply to flight crews and passengers in transit. They only need to show a non-reactive rapid-test Covid-19 certificate.

“Except if the crew will stay in Bali, then it is obligatory to show a negative swab or PCR result,” Dewa said. The regulation also applies to civil servants (PNS), the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), and the National Police who conduct official travel. If the three of those groups get a sudden and very important assignment, they can show a certificate of assignment and the results of the rapid test.

Dewa added, this rule was intended to limit people traveling to Bali. He also said that people who had no urgent business on the island were advised to delay their trip.

The regulation has been approved by the Director General of Civil Aviation through Letter Number UM.101 / 0002 / DRJU.KSHIU 2020 dated May 20, 2020. Matters regarding the obligation to bring Covid-19 negative certificates based on the swab test to Bali was also justified by Corporate Communication Senior Manager of AP I, Awaluddin.

“That’s right, the Ngurah Rai Airport swab tests are applied,” Awaluddin said when contacted by Kompas.com, Thursday evening (05/28). However, he has not been able to explain how it has been applied so far because until now there has not been a passenger flight to Bali.

“In regard to the application of the swab tests for passengers landing in Bali, currently there are no flights with a destination to Bali,” he explained.

Meanwhile, both Lion Air Group and Citilink have announced they are suspending domestic flights in Indonesia until May 31, 2020. Citilink was quoted as saying that it was a company policy decision but Lion Air was more forthcoming.


Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Lion Air Group Corporate Communications Head, in a release said that the Lion Air Group strongly supports the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19. And they do this by actively implementing health protocols established by the government.

However, based on an evaluation of previous flight operations, many potential passengers cannot continue their journey or cannot fly and must return with all costs (meaning many losses to Lion). This is due to ignorance or lack of understanding of the conditions that must be met in order to be able to travel by air at the present time.

Previously, the Bali Provincial Covid-19 Task Force issued regulations for all those who wanted to go to Bali must fill out an application form on the website http://cekdiri.baliprov.go.id. “Fill in the application form to get a QR code as proof of filling in the application form,” says the information. In addition, there are several other regulations governing people going to Bali by air and sea.

 

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  • Ibu Ratna
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    What a joke

  • Paul
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    If and when flights return to Bali from UK, then its virtually impossible to have a valid swab test (under 7 days old as stated in other comments), as currently it can take a week to have a swab test result returned to you. If you were lucky enough to get the results back to you within the 7 day period and your also fortunate enough to be booked on a flight that same day, then you would still be very lucky to get to Bali within 7 days from the test date as its likely to take you at least another 25 to 30 hours travel time from door to Bali customs even if you live relatively close to the departure airport. What happens if you arrive in Bali and your swab test have exceeded this 7 day period.

  • BaliRob
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    Paul – the whole matter has been designed to prevent anyone other that the DEAD, DYING OR THE ELITE from travelling to Bali. I have been trying to get a carer here for months without success. The night that Gilimanuk was closed – TWO HOURS EARLY – there were hundreds of
    Balinese KTP holders prevented from going home – and the Emergency Clause in the Decree prior to the present one – was NON-EXISTENT. There were no officials or staff on duty either in Ketapang or Gilimanuk!!

    The conditions were made INTENTIONALLY DIFFICULT TO COMPLY WITH. The costs of any of the COVID-19 tests are PROHIBITIVELY expensive for both bule and local people. Problem is that the Authorities have no business experience and CANNOT COMPREHEND the
    damage to the Airline Industry that they have caused and will continue to cause.

    As far as COVID-19 is concerned – Bali has been a wonderful example of local people behaving sensibly and I am very proud of the food mall workers here in Sanur especially – bravely turning up each day for work. Bali has probably the LOWEST death rate and cases of the Virus per capita in the world!!! Yes, maintain all of the social distancing and COVID-19 Certificates but let people here be reunited with their families and friends for GOD’s sake.

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