KOMPAS.com – International tourists will soon have the chance to bask in Bali’s beauty as the island plans to open its doors to foreigners starting September 11, 2020.
Bali Governor I Wayan Koster announced the plan on July 5. He said that allowing international tourists into Bali is part of the third phase of the provincial government’s new normal setup.
Bali will soon implement the first phase of its new normal period on July 9.
The first phase reopens certain activities and will be limited to Bali residents only.
For the initial start of its new normal period, the Bali provincial government is guided by its own Covid-19 Task Force, which has advised the inclusion of select sectors only.
Among the sectors that will be permitted to open are in healthcare, government offices, religious and customs activities, finance, industries, trade, logistics, transportation, cooperatives, SMEs, and traditional markets.
Modern markets, restaurants, and traditional kiosks (warung) are allowed to open.
Those in agriculture, plantation, marine/fishery, cattle farming, services, and construction sectors are also included in the list.
Bali’s education sector is temporarily left off the list as its reopening is dependent upon the policy issued by Indonesia’s Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Kharim.
Bali’s tourism sector will be open to its own local residents on July 9.
The second phase of Bali’s new normal period will see the island open up its tourism sector to a wider market segment that includes domestic tourists.
This is expected to start on July 31.
A wider reopening of activities and the tourism sector, including allowing the entry of international tourists, will continue during the third phase of Bali’s new normal scheduled for September 11.
Garuda Indonesia’s Bali flights
Garuda Indonesia has reported that the number of passengers headed to Bali has decreased significantly.
Bali's regulations imposed during its new normal period have been cited as a reason for the low passenger numbers.
Garuda Indonesia CEO Irfan Setiaputra said that before the coronavirus pandemic, the airline served 16 flights with the destination to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali each day.
During a meeting on July 7, Irfan said there were only 15-20 passengers on a single flight to Bali that day.
Irfan said Garuda Indonesia is working with Bali’s provincial government to loosen regulations for travelers to enter the island.
Furthermore, the Garuda Indonesia CEO said that with the coronavirus pandemic, those who are traveling should mainly be individuals with essential travel reasons.
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