Revision of Year-End Holiday Regulations for Domestic Travellers

18 December 2020

After causing massive pros and cons online, finally a few adjustments made on Bali Provincial Circular Letter Number 2021 Year 2020. Bali Governor – Wayan Koster, Secretary of the Bali Province – Dewa Made Indra and Indonesia Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment – Luhut Binsar Panjaitan joined in an online conference yesterday afternoon (17/12).

Made Indra explained to media that the government listen to the public aspirations that have been addressed to the authority within these last couple of days. “I need to inform you that the central government has received many inputs, related to the anticipation of the long holiday – Christmas and new year amid the Covid-19 pandemic.” Therefore, points were reviewed, and several exceptions need to be made.

Here are the revisions made to Bali Provincial Circular Letter Number 2021 Year 2020:

  • The implementation of this new regulation is postponed for one day, from 19 December 2020 to 4 January 2021
  • Visitors still have to bring negative result of SWAB Test, but passengers now can get tested seven days before the flight.
  • Transit passengers, Transportation Crew, State Civil Workers on duty, National Army and Polices on duty are only required to bring negative Rapid Test result
  • Kids below 12 years old are not required to bring any health certificate (Covid test)
  • For passengers coming from a region without any SWAB – PCR Test facility are still allowed to fly to Bali but must be tested for Rapid Antigen once landed in Bali Airport.

Assuming to avoid the existed regulation, Ngurah Rai Airport recorded a significant increase in passenger arrivals yesterday (17/12). 13.473 passengers came via 102 flights. This number is higher compared to Wednesday (16/12), which were about 10 thousand domestic passengers. Meanwhile, for the number of departures, there were 8.170 passengers via 100 flights on Thursday (17/12). This number is bigger than the previous day (16/12), 7.494 passengers.

Taufan Yudhistira, as the Stakeholder Relation Manager of Ngurah Rai Airport, explained that there had been requests for extra flights from several airlines. “As of Thursday (17/12), we have received approximately 434 extra flights requests, which are estimated to carry about 55 thousand passengers. 124 extra flights from Air Asia and 310 from Citilink,” Taufan said.

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