Despite progress in reopening Bali, which saw direct flights announced by two airlines and the 10-day quarantine period cut in half with a new travel bubble system last week, Indonesian incoming players are losing faith in politics.

Their source of woe is the Bubble Quarantine Policy’s continued quarantine requirement for arriving travellers.

Indonesian incoming players say Bali’s new bubble quarantine policy is too restrictive to ease recovery

Sugeng Suprianto, general manager of Top Indonesia Holidays, said TTG Asia that travelers are now turning to easy-to-access destinations, especially those without mandatory quarantine.

“Europeans are not interested (in Bali). I have lost many customers who have turned to the Philippines, Maldives and other countries which have dropped their quarantine requirement,” he added.

Panorama Destination Business Development Manager Ricky Setiawanto hopes the government will have the confidence to scrap the quarantine requirement, as many destinations have done. He said the quarantine requirement inflates the cost of travel, making the destination less competitive than those without mandatory isolation on arrival.

“Tourists must spend at least US$700 on the Warm-Up Vacation package (a 5D/4N arrangement with some hotels that is part of the bubble quarantine policy). This puts a strain on tourists, causing them to choose other destinations,” Ricky said.

Under the new rules, tourist visas will also no longer be available on arrival. Instead, travelers will need to obtain an e-visa from sponsoring travel agencies before flying. This worries Adjie Wahjono, operations manager of Aneka Kartika Tours, as the procedure adds to the cost and complexity of planning a trip to Bali.

“We hope visa on arrival can be reinstated, at least for residents of ASEAN member countries,” Adjie said.