Let’s add more countries to VOA list, Bali’s tourism association says

As an increasing number of sun-seekers are flocking to the Island of Gods previously few months, Bali’s resorts and eating places’ affiliation has urged the federal government to broaden the visa on arrival (VOA) eligibility listing, which now stands at 72 nationalities, again to its pre-pandemic quantity.

The Bali chapter of the Indonesian Lodge and Restaurant Affiliation (PHRI) by way of its deputy I Gusti Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya mentioned right this moment that tourism companies predict a direct return to the island’s heyday.

“The extra [countries on the VOA list,] the merrier. And we hope that it might return like to start with, with 168 nationalities [eligible for VOA],” mentioned Suryawijaya.

Bali’s PHRI mentioned the island is seeing a rise of as much as 50 p.c within the variety of vacationer arrivals this yr in comparison with the identical interval in 2019 – earlier than the pandemic. 

At the moment, 72 nationalities are eligible for VOA entry to Indonesia. The VOA program was suspended for the reason that onset of the pandemic, but it surely had been reactivated since Bali reopened to worldwide tourism late final yr. The listing of eligible nationalities is sporadically up to date.

Individually, Bali Governor Wayan Koster mentioned the island’s vacationer spike has not negatively influenced COVID-19 administration on the island. Citing official information, he mentioned that as of Monday, the typical reported instances per day remained between 15 to 30 individuals.

Koster added that in Might alone, 539 worldwide flights operated by 19 totally different airways arrived in Bali, carrying 129,920 passengers. That averaged to 4,191 worldwide arrivals per day.

From June 1 to June 13, that common has risen to five,905 individuals.

“If we have a look at the typical per day of worldwide guests from Might to the center of June, the rise is 41 p.c,” he mentioned.

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