Foreign tour groups return to Bali

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The Antara state news agency reports Indonesia’s leading tour operator – Panoramic tours (PT Panorama Sentrawisata), welcomed one of Bali’s first foreign tourist groups since reopening Bali to foreign travelers by ending quarantine requirements and providing visas on arrival to nationals of 42 countries.

Prambanan Temple Scenic Tour Group

Panorama welcomed 50 Polish tourists to Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport Thursday evening March 31. Ricky Setiawanto, director of Scenic destinationon Friday April 1, 2022, said: “With the arrival of the first group from Poland, we hope that inbound tourism in Bali will recover quickly and that we can regain the momentum of the business to return to activity levels before the pandemic”.

Setiawanto confirmed that Panorama is in continuous communication with overseas tour operators, promoting the reopening of Bali to international travellers. “The South African market is excited about the trip to Bali. Every day we get bookings from our agents there,” he said.

Furthermore, the secretary of Panorama Sentrawisata, AB Sadewa, recommended that the government extend eligibility beyond Bali for visa on arrival at every air gateway in Indonesia served by international flights. Such a measure, according to Sadewa, would increase tourist visits to Indonesia in a geographically fairer way. Adding: “This will help the wider tourism ecosystem recover. It will be unfortunate if airlines operate international routes without the ability to access VOA.

One of the Polish tourists arriving in the group of 50 picked up by Panorama, Szymon Chojnacki, said that the process of bringing the group together went very well, although it took some time. “We landed at 8:00 p.m. and left the airport at 11:00 p.m. proof of insurance. Also, it was difficult to download the health app (i.e. PeduliLindungi) because of our foreign SIM cards,” Szymon said.

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