Bali Will Open Borders In June
Foreign tourists can return to Bali in June or July under a restricted travel corridor program. The travel arrangement will be offered to countries that are deemed successful in their vaccination program, able to contain the spread of the coronavirus and willing to offer reciprocal benefits.
Bali’s Governor unveiled a plan to reopen the tourism sector in Bali specifically in the green zone or in areas with minimal risk of transmission of Covid-19. The Green Zone is a safe zone for international travelers. Indonesia will welcome chartered flights under the pilot project.
The governor announced three phases for Bali’s reopening:
- Phase one allowed many essential businesses to reopen last July.
- Phase two allowed for increased domestic travel shortly thereafter.
- Phase three, which has already been delayed, allows for reopening the island to foreign visitors again.
Indonesia began easing restrictions after gross domestic product shrank last year. Bali reopened to domestic tourists last August. It planned to reopen to international tourists last September, but the government scrapped that plan when cases of Covid-19 surged. On December 28, Indonesia announced a temporary ban on the entry of all foreign nationals. The designation of green zones will allow both international and domestic travelers to visit the island again. The news comes amidst declining COVID-19 cases on the island.
“Domestic and international travelers will be only allowed to visit these Covid-19 free areas.
While Bali hasn’t announced the final site details, Tourism Minister Sandiaga indicated that the destinations include:
- Nusa Dua;
- Sanur; and
- Nusa Penida.
The popular tourist site of Nusa Dua was among the first in Bali to establish a pandemic-free zone concept in November. The southern Bali peninsula began implementing stringent protocols for staff and visitors to eliminate the risk of transmission at resorts.
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