Published on : Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Bali will not open for international tourism till the end of this year, said Governor Wayan Koster. “After considering all the current factors that are of serious concern, it can’t be done,” Koster said in Uluwatu, Bali.
Beforehand, Bali planned reopening its borders for international tourism from September 11th but had not received the green signal from the Indonesian government.
Koster said that after discussing with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bali will postpone its reopening until 2021 in line with the Government of Indonesia.
The Governor said, “The situation in Indonesia is not yet conducive to allow foreign tourists to visit Indonesia, including Bali.”
“The regulation signed by the Minister of Law and Human Rights that prohibits foreigners from entering Indonesia is still in effect. The Indonesian government will not allow for the entry of foreign tourists to Indonesia until the end of 2020, because Indonesia is still in the red zone category,” he added.
Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and a high death rate in Indonesia, the Indonesian government will not allow foreign tourists. “The cases are still increasing. It is not possible to open Bali for foreign tourists which we originally planned for September 11,” Koster said.
Governor Koster spoke about the importance of Bali’s reopening and said that the island is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
He sought assistance from the people of Bali to follow all health protocols.
“I invite all parties to help control this together, so that everyone can handle this. It cannot be just the government, but commitment and shared responsibility from stakeholders, business actors and the community,” Koster concluded.