Bali looks all set to welcome foreign tourists once again

Published on : Thursday, December 24, 2020

For both backpackers and luxury-orientated travelers, Bali is truly a paradise! Famous for its striking landscapes, perfect beaches and impressive temples, Bali is adored throughout the world and is a must-visit destination in Southeast Asia. Since the pandemic started, the island is witnessing the lack of tourists, with livelihoods devastated and many businesses closed temporarily or closed for an indefinite time. However, this might not be a permanent situation. The Indonesian government is devising plans that could see tourism in Bali pick up pace quite soon.

Before the pandemic, Bali was a favorite with international travelers with 6.3 million visiting the province in 2019. However, this year’s statistics look really disappointing.

In September, only 83 foreign tourists came to Bali, which represented a 99.986% drop compared to the number of foreign tourists arriving in September last year. Currently, entry to Indonesia is still banned for foreign travelers, with exceptions for those with residence permits or business visas, so the figures are likely to remain on the low side for the remaining days of 2020.

While at one point travel to Bali looked a sure thing, it’s doubtful that foreign travelers will be able to enter until next year. Bali had originally planned to open its borders to international travelers from 11th September. However, this plan didn’t materialize after a rise in cases around the world and Indonesia.

However, a delegation from the UNWTO had other ideas. Following an on-site assessment of the implementation of Bali’s health and safety protocols, Harry Hwang – the UNWTO’s Asia Pacific Director – was impressed with what he saw. He said that Bali is ready for tourism, and it could open to international travelers before Christmas.

Whilst it remains not likely that Bali would reopen its borders fully before Christmas, as per the UNWTO’s words, opening is not too far away.

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