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Bali could welcome international travellers again from July

The Indonesian government will launch a new ‘travel corridor’ programme for tourists this summer

Huw Oliver

So far the majority of countries across Europe – and a great deal across the Caribbean – have starting welcoming tourists again. But many other nations are taking a more cautious approach to reopening their borders. Australia, to take the most extreme example, has suggested that it will not restart tourism until 2022.

The Indonesian island of Bali, for its part, had announced last summer that it would reopen to international travellers from September. But owing to a second major wave, that never actually happened. Even now, travellers are only allowed to enter Indonesia for ‘essential’ reasons, with no leisure travel permitted whatsoever.

All those who can get in will be required to present a negative test result on arrival, undergo a screening and quarantine for five days. Within Indonesia, all arrivals in Bali will have to present another negative test result from within the past 48 hours.

But anyone craving that long-awaited Bali beach break will be pleased to know the island is now tentatively planning to reopen to tourists from July. Back in March, Indonesian officials announced a plan to launch a ‘travel corridor’ programme that could allow international visitors by summer. According to tourism minister Sandiaga Uno, the scheme would apply to tourists arriving from countries with low case numbers, high vaccination rates and an arrangement for reciprocal travel.

With its aquamarine waters, thriving coral reefs and endless beachside surf huts, Bali is a picture-postcard tropical hideaway. And while you can’t quite go ahead and plan a holiday there just yet, you can at least pencil in a trip. Just to be on the safe side, we suggest late 2021 – or maybe even 2022.

Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.

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