July 1st, 2021 Update: Due to rising cases on the island, mostly among unvaccinated locals, Bali and Indonesia have moved back plans to reopen tourism. The previously announced plans by President Joko Widodo are now being pushed back. According to statements from Balinese officials, it’s looking more like August 2021 now.
You can read the original article for more context on the plans, below.
“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.”Indonesian Government
Bali, the land of Gods as its known, is top drawer for any bucket list. It’s remote, exotic, full of culture, nature, and the food people travel thousands of miles for. Unfortunately it’s also been closed to most international visitors for quite a while.
Green shoots are appearing however, as vaccinations begin to hit critical numbers, and that means Indonesia and its islands, such as Bali and Bintan, are looking to reopen. In fact, Indonesia just reconfirmed its intention to open in July, and says it will!
If you’re in deep desire to go, here’s the latest on what’s known for reopening plans…
Bali’s Latest Travel Reopening Plans
Indonesia is actively looking to reopen borders for foreign visitors and is focusing most efforts on July, particularly for key tourism destinations, like Bali.
Despite a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, it’s still not entirely clear if vaccination will be a requirement for visitors, but it’s clear an opening is on the way.
Plans to open late in 2020 were scuppered by a rise in cases, but vaccination drives are now well underway on the island.
Speaking at Arabian Tourism Market (ATM) in Dubai, Nia Niscaya, Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Tourism, mentioned high rates of vaccination among locals in many key tourism areas, such as Bali, Batam and Bintan, and that these dreamy areas would absolutely be ready to welcome back visitors.
The success is creating new enthusiasm to open up borders, and for the first time since the pandemic began, this includes support from the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo. Widodo sees the reopening of tourism as a key economic driver in recovery.
Indonesian officials have taken the last few months to invite tourism and transport ministers from a variety of key tourism partners to sample the cleanliness measures and protocols in place on the islands, to help encourage countries to label Indonesia as ‘safe’ for a visit.
If you’re eager to visit Indonesia in July, Bali, Batam and Bintan appear to be the key focus areas of the government, and almost assuredly will open on time, according to statements.
Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan says the islands are nearly ready to welcome back visitors, and final details on protocols and visitor requirements are expected soon. No quarantine is expected for visitors to Bali, but vaccination status needs remains unclear.
Destinations are now eager to capitalize on vaccinated travelers, with options ranging from classic EU favorites like Greece, Spain and Italy, to the lovely Maldives, Seychelles and more. This is quickly creating immense competition, and even has some countries like Malta offering rewards for visiting.
Here’s a list of countries opening doors to anyone with proof of vaccination.
Americans and all outside visitors are expected to be included when Bali opens up tourism. A day in July has not been specified, but it’s rumored to be early in the month.
Pent up demand and millions of people already vaccinated would create a rather large subset of people able to travel with minimal risk to the local population, and could do wonders for the local economy, which has suffered significantly without visitors, with Bali suffering particularly hard.
Expats and digital nomads who remained in Bali during covid-19 attracted scorn the world over for flaunting local covid-19 restrictions. Fines imposed are significant to the local population, but at around $7 in western currency, many visitors were choosing to pay, rather than do their part to wear masks and obey other measures.
Hopefully, wider international tourism and stronger enforcement will help to create a successful tourism reboot. As part of current planning to welcome back international visitors, fines would jump to $70 on the spot, and deportation would be on the table for subsequent offenses by all visitors.
Bali: Reading Between The Lines
First it was September 11th, 2020 for a reopening date, then before the new year, and here we are into the second quarter of that “great new year”, but finally with a “firm” idea of when Bali will reopen.
The President of Bali says July, Tourism Ministers say July, so it sounds like July.
If you’re reading between the lines, Bali is very likely to open key tourism areas to vaccinated travelers by July 1st. Planning trips for the second half of 2021, particularly if you’ve been vaccinated seems like a fair bet right now. When you do go, be sure to follow these essential tips for Bali, so you don’t miss a thing.