The Bali Governor explained that Bali will not be opened for international tourism until the end of 2020. Actually, Bali has originally planned on reopening its borders for international tourism starting September but had not received the go signal from the Indonesian government. The Bali Governor explained that after speaking with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bali will delay its reopening until 2021 in line with the central policies of the Government of Indonesia.
According to him, it is necessary to carefully consider the following:
The Regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia regarding the Temporary Prohibition of Foreigners from Entering the Territory of the Republic of Indonesia is still in effect.
The Indonesian government still enforces a policy that prohibits its citizens from travelling abroad, at least until the end of 2020. In line with that, the Indonesian government has not been able to open the door of entry for foreign tourists to Indonesia until the end of 2020, because Indonesia is still in the red zone category. The situation in Indonesia is not yet conducive to allowing foreign tourists to visit Indonesia, including visiting Bali.
The Bali Governor said that the central government strongly supports the plan of reopening Bali to foreign tourists, but it requires extreme caution and careful preparation being one of the world’s main tourist destinations. If the effort to restore tourism failed, it may harm the image of Indonesia and may cause counterproductive results to tourism recovery. However, the Bali Provincial Government is finalising the procedures, systems and infrastructure so that the recovery of Bali tourism can be carried out smoothly and successfully, while still being able to handle the COVID-19 pandemic well.