Published on : Thursday, July 8, 2021
Sandiago Uno, Bali Tourism and Cultural Economy Minister said that Bali will not open to foreign tourists until COVID-19 cases decrease radically. He added that they will be waiting for a more favorable situation for reopening the tourist hotspot.
The minister stated, “We were targeting the end of July, beginning of August, but we just have to be mindful of where we are in this recent spike (in Coronavirus cases).”
Reports said that COVID infections increased dramatically in Indonesia in recent weeks, including in Bali, where there has been a four-fold increase in cases in the past month, although low, to around 200 cases per day.
Minister Uno elaborated that before reopening Bali to foreign tourists, the daily infection cases need to drop to 30 or 40. As per his estimates, 71 percent of Balinese residents have already received their first COVID vaccine dose, and the target of vaccinating 70 percent of the population is possibly to be completed by the end of July.
For protecting the destination from the pandemic, domestic visitors will now be required to undergo a RT-PCR test before entering the island. Tourist hotspots are now eager to take advantage of vaccinated travelers, who now have options ranging from Spain, Greece, and Italy to Seychelles, The Maldives and others. This, in turn, has also given rise to intense competition, with some countries thinking about incentives for visitors.