Bali gov’t targets visitors from US, Russia in expected international reopening

File photo taken at a water palace in Bali. Photo: Pixabay
File photo taken at a water palace in Bali. Photo: Pixabay

As Indonesia sets sights on potentially reopening Bali to international tourism next month, the provincial government says it’s expecting arrivals from countries that have traditionally contributed large numbers of tourists to the island in the past.

“We have noted several countries based on [tourists’] length of stay in Bali. There are around four countries, the US, the UK, Germany, and Russia, [whose travelers] on average have stayed two weeks in Bali,” Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, or Cok Ace, said in a statement.

A final decision on reopening Bali is still in the hands of the central government, and it’s worth noting that Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan yesterday highlighted two countries considered high-risk due to high coronavirus transmissions: the US and Turkey. 

As such, travelers from these countries would be subject to stricter requirements, including an 8-day quarantine upon arrival in Indonesia. 

Over the weekend, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno revealed that Indonesia is now preparing to restart international tourism in October following improving public health, with Bali most likely to be the first destination open to foreign travelers

Read more news and updates from Bali here

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