- Title: Indonesia extends tourist permits in Bali
- Date: 23rd March 2020
- Summary: BALI, INDONESIA (MARCH 23, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TOURISTS QUEUING IN FRONT OF IMMIGRATION OFFICE VARIOUS OF SECURITY CHECKING PAPERWORK AT GATE OFFICERS CHECKING TEMPERATURE AND PROVIDING HAND SANITISER TO TOURISTS BEFORE ENTERING BUILDING TOURIST FROM CZECH REPUBLIC, ONDREJ SAFAR, FILLING EXTENDED STAY FORM (SOUNDBITE) (English) CZECH REPUBLIC TOURIST, ONDREJ SAFAR, SAYING: "Why I'm not afraid to stay here is because in my country there's like a worse situation with coronavirus. So I want to go back to my country, but I think it's better to stay here maybe for one or two weeks until situation get better. I think better to stay here because I heard about coronavirus it's better to stay in (a) place where is like very hot and very warm because the virus doesn't like it actually." SAFAR SITTING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE INSIDE IMMIGRATION OFFICE OFFICERS CHECKING PAPERWORK IN FRONT OF IMMIGRATION OFFICE PEOPLE QUEUING AMERICAN TOURIST, FELIX ISUK QUEUING IN LINE (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN TOURIST, FELIX ISUK, SAYING: "Now in the U.S. there is about 30,000 cases. I was base in Singapore, so I'm a long-term (resident) pass holder in Singapore, if things, situation gets worse here I would go back to Singapore so, that is the main reason why I'm staying in Indonesia." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW CALEDONIA TOURIST, NATALIE GISBERT, SAYING: "We are from New Caledonia and they decided to close our airport and so we can't go home anymore, we have to stay here, we have no choice." GISBERT QUEUING IN LINE VARIOUS OF TOURISTS QUEUING
- Keywords: Bali Immigration Indonesia coronavirus covid-19 foreigners tourist transmission visa
- Reuters ID: LVA001C69TOW7
- Location: BALI, INDONESIA
- City: BALI, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Duration: 00:02:56
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Story Text: Tourists in Bali island queued to extend their stay permits on Monday (March 23) as the country entered a two-week state of emergency to deal with the spread of the coronavirus.
Long lines of tourists in face masks await outside the immigration office to extend their visas, causing traffic to gridlock. Some said they prefer to stay in Indonesia due to travelling restrictions and airport closures in their own countries.
"In my country is worse situation," said Ondrej Safar, a tourist from Czech Republic who had applied for extended stay. "I want to go back to my country, but I think it's better to stay here," he added.
Indonesia on Monday reported 579 cases of the virus and 49 deaths, mainly concentrated in Jakarta, whose governor on Friday (March 20) admitted medical staff were already getting over-stretched.
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