Published on : Friday, February 14, 2020
Indonesia has decided to allow Chinese tourists getting stuck in the country to extend their stay for up to a month, since travel to China remains restricted with the country trying to curb the spread of corona virus.
Coordinating economic minister Airlangga Hartanto said that besides waiving overstay penalties for Chinese travelers, the Indonesian government would also set up hotlines for nine ministries, including the Transportation Ministry, Manpower Ministry, Health Ministry and Finance Ministry.
With no cases of corona virus infections in Indonesia, many stranded Chinese travelers have opted to lengthen their stays in Bali where they are feeling safe, according to Elsye Deliana, the head of Bali Liang – a member of the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) Bali chapter that handles the Chinese market.
“Most of them are also worried about getting infected with the virus if they go home,” Deliana added.
It is projected that if the travel ban continues till March, Bali stands the chance of losing 300,000 Chinese travelers, with potential loss of 2.9 trillion rupiah. On the whole, Indonesia could lose 500,000 Chinese tourists, amounting to a loss of 4.8 trillion rupiah.
Bali vice governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, who is also the chairman of Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association Bali chapter, has urged his members to offer discounted rates for the stranded Chinese travelers extending their stay in Bali.
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