Bali delays reopening to international tourist

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Bali delays reopening to international tourist

July 2, 2021 Bali delay reopening the country for vaccinated tourists because of growing cases of COVID-19. 

Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno suggested Bali would reopen in July 2021 to vaccinated tourists. Unfortunately, because of growing COVID-19 cases on the popular island, the government has pushed this back for the foreseeable future. 

Uno stated, “We are targeting the end of July, beginning of August, but we just have to be mindful of where we are in this recent spike. We will be waiting for the situation to become more conductive.” 

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) said Indonesia needs a rapid increase in testing, vaccinations, and medical care to deal with the rising cases. The new variant is overwhelming hospitals in Jakarta, and the limited oxygen supply is being tested.

The head of the IFRC stated, “We need lightning-fast action globally so that countries like Indonesia have access to vaccines to avert tens of thousands of deaths.” Unfortunately, vaccination levels remain low throughout the country. Indonesia has only fully vaccinated around 5 percent of its population. That equates to around 13.1 million people, which is barely over the population of Jakarta. 

The Balinese government has vaccinated 71% of its population so far. The Indonesian government prioritized Bali as a vaccination hub because of its economic significance. Over 6.3million international tourists entered Bali in 2019, adding a significant amount of GDP to the Indonesian economy.

Tourist attractions and Bali’s most popular beaches remain open. Department stores, restaurants, and malls stay open but with limited capacity and opening hours. There is a curfew on places opening after 10 pm, and strict mask-wearing policies and social distancing laws are in place.

The Current Entry Requirements

Bali is heavily reliant on the tourism industry. Therefore, the island has briefly opened to some – albeit very few – visitors in the pandemic with restrictions. On the other hand, the majority of Southeast Asia has remained closed for non-nationals and non-essential travel.

Indonesia has ceased international tourism travel since the pandemic began. The government has banned tourists from visiting Bali, but the country allows the following people to enter Bali:

Indonesian nationals 

Passengers with a Permanent Stay Permit or a Temporary Stay Permit.

Some passengers that have a temporary residence visa

Passengers with a diplomatic service visa 

Passengers traveling under the TCA agreement 

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