Are you going to Bali again soon? The Indonesian government is apparently planning to open Bali and other islands to international tourism from July 2021.

Due to the corona pandemic, Indonesia has not allowed international tourists to enter the island nation for a long time. This can also be done quite easily in practice. If no tourist visas are granted, then tourists from all over the world stay away. But that also means that the tourism sector is suffering severely from the pandemic and the travel restrictions that have been issued. This is particularly true of Bali, because Bali is by far the most popular island and before the pandemic, several million tourists from all over the world visited the island every year. The tourists secured jobs and brought money to the island, but since Corona it is known to be over.

But now the Indonesian government is making another attempt to restart tourism. President Joko Widodo recently announced that the government is working on opening plans for Bali and the islands of Bantam and Bintan. Accordingly, foreign holidaymakers could travel to these three islands again as early as July. However, further details about the opening plans were not given for the time being. Accordingly, it is still completely unclear under what conditions foreigners are allowed to enter. And which test obligations have to be fulfilled? Is there possibly also a quarantine obligation (such as the hotel quarantine in Thailand) or other restrictions?

In any case, this might well be possible. Because the authorities have started a certification program for the tourism sector. Hotels, restaurants and other companies in the tourism industry can be certified and are awarded in the categories of safety, cleanliness, sustainability and hygiene. This is of course intended to create trust among tourists who may have already got to know similar certifications while on vacation in Europe or Turkey.

Coconut at Tanah Lot Temple Bali

Coconut at Tanah Lot Temple Bali

“Mass vaccinations” in Bali since March

The islands can only be opened from July if the vaccination campaign is successful. However, this was announced several months ago with similar words. The opening of Bali to foreign tourists was planned several months ago and a mass vaccination began in Bali in March. The aim was to vaccinate everyone working in the tourism sector.

So whether Bali will really open to foreign tourists from July remains to be seen. The economy, especially on Bali and other popular holiday islands, is dependent on the return of foreign visitors as quickly as possible. And tourists also sorely miss the national parks. At the same time, however, Corona is currently increasingly developing again in Southeast Asia.

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