Chinese Consul General in Denpasar Guo Haodong said China respects Indonesia’s decision to temporarily stop flights as an attempt to prevent the virus from coming into the country. He added, however, that around 5,000 people were at risk of being stranded in Bali as a result.
“Because of the outbreak in China, some of them don’t want to return, and they are hoping to stay in Bali,” said Guo.
Guo went on to say that the tourists could only stay for a maximum of 30 days on a visa-on-arrival. The tourists are also aware that they must obey immigration regulations if they wish to stay for more than 30 days.
Guo ensured that all the Chinese tourists in Bali were healthy.
“So far, they seem fine and well. None of them are showing symptoms of the coronavirus.”
“We’ve coordinated with the immigration office. They said they could extend the tourist visas, as long as there is a recommendation from the Bali administration,” Astawa said.