Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy revealed that it is still studying the possibility of implementing a COVID-19 free corridor in Bali to allow foreign tourists to return to the resort island.

The COVID-19 free corridor would allow international travelers to visit Bali as long as they have been vaccinated in their countries of origin and have taken swab tests shortly after arriving at the resort island.

Swab testing will be made compulsory to ensure that incoming international tourists have tested negative for COVID-19. Vaccinating 1.2 million workers in Bali’s tourism sector would boost public trust in the world’s most popular tourist destination. Those labor-intensive programs, including planned waste-management projects in Kuta and several other tourist sites in Bali, are expected to create job opportunities for lots of people.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease has dragged Indonesia into serious public health and economic crises. Tourism has been among the severely-affected economic sectors in the country, and Bali tourism has been badly battered by the pandemic.