Bali’s Governor Wayan Koster has officially announced that the tourist island will not open for international tourism until the end of 2020.
Koster explained that after speaking with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bali will delay its reopening until 2021 in line with the Government of Indonesia. “After considering all the current factors that are of serious concern, it can’t be done” the Governor said in Uluwatu, Bali. In a statement, he said, “The situation in Indonesia is not yet conducive to allow foreign tourists to visit Indonesia, including Bali,” adding, “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.”
For the moment, travel and hospitality business owners in Bali are expected to focus on marketing their services to domestic travellers and upgrading the facilities based on the “new-normal” health protocols.
Bali has originally planned on reopening its borders for international tourism starting on September 11, but had not received the go ahead from Indonesian government.