So far the majority of countries across Europe – and a great deal across the Caribbean – have starting welcoming tourists again ahead of peak August holiday season. But if you fancy holding out a little longer, the Indonesian island of Bali has announced it will also reopen to international visitors from September. Ice-cold beer under the palms? Yes please!
The governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster, has announced a staged plan to reopen the island’s huge tourism economy over the coming months. At the end of a mass public prayer earlier this month, Koster said that, depending on the status of outbreaks, domestic tourism should start again on July 31, while international travellers should be let in from September 11.
The island has not confirmed whether only certain nationalities will be allowed in, or if testing will be required before arrival.
It comes after Indonesia’s tourism ministry said in May that it would embark on a huge promotional campaign in an effort to ‘revitalise’ its major destinations from June. If there are no more major outbreaks, a spokesperson said the country would likely allow international visitors into Bali, the Riau Islands and the cultural capital of Yogyakarta (on the island of Java) by latest October, when average temperatures in Bali are a very pleasant 27C. Right now, it seems the country is on track to reopen almost a month earlier than expected.
Indonesian borders are currently closed and only citizens, diplomats and family members can enter the country. The Balinese economy depends almost entirely on visitors and its economy shrunk in the first three months of the year. However, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, the country’s tourism secretary, said she hopes the new campaign will help visitor numbers return to normal by 2021.
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, why not at least pencil in that lavish trip you’ve been dreaming about? You definitely deserve it.
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.Share the story