Bali’s journey to reopening hasn’t been smooth sailing. It was supposed to open in 2020, then early 2021, then mid, then… yeah, you get the point. It hasn’t quite gone to plan.
Despite the setbacks, fresh and more realistic plans emerged recently with officials stating formally that a tourism reopening must happen, particularly in places where vaccination levels are high, like Bali. Unlike previous statements from regional leaders, the central government now backs these reopening efforts.
And so here we are, with brand new plans to open Bali to visitors from an initial list of travel corridor countries starting in October 2021, starting with 4 countries.
Bali To Welcome Visitors From 4 Countries In October
Bali’s Deputy Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (aka Cok Ace), says the island of the Gods is planning to reopen in October to select visitors, in line with other recent suggestions from the Indonesian government.
Latest statistics say that 97% of locals on the islands have received at least one dose of covid-19 vaccination, and all vaccination efforts are set to wrap up in October, leaving little reason not to reopen. More than 18 months without tourism has had devastating effects on local businesses.
Vaccination rates mean Bali can soon reopen to “trusted” countries from which visitors and tourism brings in significant revenue to the island. According to the Bali Sun, which quotes, Cok Ace, the list will initially include Germany, Russia, The United States and United Kingdom.
“We have selected multiple countries such as Russia, America, Germany and England to start implementing the travel bubble program based on their length of stay in Bali.”Cok Ace, Vice Governor of Bali
A specific date in October has yet to become official, but visitors from these countries should be able to start planning trips with more concrete belief that they will go ahead, particularly for fully vaccinated visitors.
Plans from both Indonesia and Bali specifically have come and gone before, so it’s important to leave wiggle room via airline or hotel flexibility policies, until clearer rules and protocols are set.
Will Visitors Be Limited?
Bali plans to allow unfettered access to the island, provided cases remain within a realm of expected rise. If cases rise above expected surge levels, as part of the travel reopening, “green zones” could be created, which would see most visitors limited to areas such as Ubud, or Nusa Dua, among others.
Since these are the places most people end up anyway, it wouldn’t necessarily be the worst, but all hopes are that high vaccination rates on the island will allow tourists to explore fully.
Initially opening only to tourist visitors from countries where the pandemic is largely becoming endemic, and vaccination rates are climbing, should help lead a successful and sustainable reopening.
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