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Bali is reopening its international borders this week

The Indonesian government is finally allowing the return of international tourists – from a select few countries

Written by
Ed Cunningham

Thanks to the vaccine rollout, each week more and more countries are starting to welcome tourists again. Some are more hesitant or strict than others but, by and large, the travel industry seems to be getting back on its feet.

The Indonesian island of Bali is among the latest destinations to reopen to international travellers. From Thursday (October 14), holidaymakers will be allowed back onto Indonesia’s most popular tourist island – albeit from a select few countries, and with rather strict conditions.

Those countries include New Zealand, Japan, China, South Korea, Qatar and the UAE, and all travellers will be required to quarantine for eight days at their own expense. Before arrival, holidaymakers will have to show proof of their quarantine hotel booking, proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test result.

Bali originally expected to reopen in September 2020 but, owing to a severe second wave, that never actually happened. Indonesia has been one of Asia’s worst-hit countries, recording more than four million cases and 142,000 deaths during the pandemic.

But now cases in Bali have plummeted and 70 percent of Balians have had at least one vaccine dose, the Indonesian government is tentatively reopening the island. Next week marks the first phase of Indonesia’s return to tourism.

With its aquamarine waters, thriving coral reefs and endless beachside surf huts, Bali is a picture-postcard tropical hideaway. And if you’re from any of the rather limited list of nationalities allowed in, it could all be just a week away.

The rest of us will have to wait – or find somewhere else a little less idyllic. The likes of the US, the UK and Canada aren’t currently included on the Indonesian government’s travel list, meaning visitors from those countries aren’t allowed to enter the country for leisure travel.

So while many of us can’t quite go ahead and plan a holiday in Bali just yet, you could at least pencil in a trip. Just to be on the safe side, we suggest not looking much earlier than 2022.

And if you’re not lucky enough to get to Bali? Vietnam and these dreamy Thai islands are opening up to tourists too.

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