As reported by many media, coronavirus or COVID-19 was first discovered in Wuhan, China. This fact triggers many countries, included Indonesia to publish travel ban policy from and to China (Minister of Law and Human Rights, 2020). Besides, the latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO) related to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases outside China, mentioning Iran, Italy, and South Korea triggers a new policy to suspend entry or transit in Indonesia to incoming visitors who have traveled to the selected cities in those three countries in the last 14 days (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, 2020).
WHO characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11th, since the development of cases to the over 118,000 in over 110 countries and territories around the world (Ducharme, 2020). Indonesia as one of the affected country declared 53 years old foreign woman died in Sanglah Hospital, Bali on March 11th and she was claimed as an imported case of COVID-19. In addition to the coronavirus claims, it turns out this woman has many complications, covers hypertension, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and the coronavirus was suspected to worsen her condition (Asmara, 2020).
Bali government has taken a variety of security measures through an inspection of tourists who come to Bali using thermal scanners at the airport entrance gate. Travelers who are detected as experiencing symptoms of heat and cough will be further examined in an isolation room or referred to the hospital if necessary. The government prepares three selected hospitals that have an adequate system readiness with the WHO standards related to the coronavirus case, therefore the government urges people and tourists in Bali not to panic and remain calm (Public Health Bali Province, 2020).
Various media have reported a decrease in visitors coming to Bali. The Bali Immigration Office recorded 392,824 tourists arriving in February, a 33% drop from January (Erviani, 2020). Recently, there may be some tourists who put doubt on cross-country travel. This is pretty normal because of everyone concern about their health. However, we found unique insights from the tourists who are currently on holiday in Bali. Here is what he said.
“I don’t think I would be safer in my origin country and I also think the situation about coronavirus is not so serious as mass media made it be. We care about our health all year long, we work out 4 times a week, we eat healthily, I think my immunity is strong enough, coronavirus means no thread to me. My suggestion for other travellers is to take it easy, keep calm, care about your health and hygiene during all year and there's nothing to worry about,”
Daniel Falta - Prague, Czech Republic
We also record some other says from the visitors regarding their way to address coronavirus issues.
“I think it is a serious virus and everyone should take precautions, but I am still traveling because I think that's the most important thing to do no matter what else is going on as long as I am practicing safety. Wash your hands often and don't be close to other people you don't know for long periods of time,” Sebastian Rodriguez - Miami, Florida, United States
Those are the insight from two travelers we interviewed off the streets in Ubud and Uluwatu. Moreover, to gain more insight regarding travel in shadowing of coronavirus, below is provided a video of travelers' thoughts and tips. They generally said that the issue of the coronavirus does not become an obstacle for them to travel across countries. Summarising some tips from them, we should pay attention to cleanliness and building healthy lifestyles such as starting regular exercises and eating a good diet to build strong antibodies. Last but not least, don't get panic and keep calm on COVID-19, stay healthy and hygienic during the year.
This article will continuously be updated as news about the coronavirus develops in Indonesia, especially in Bali. You can come back to access this webpage or visit the Bukit Vista Instagram account @bukitvista as we will also provide the latest update here.
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