Huge Blow For Indonesian Tourism as Bali's Planned Reopening Postponed
The Indonesian Island of Bali, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, will remain closed to tourists until 2021.
Bali was set to reopen to international tourists on 11 September, even while the rest of Indonesia remained on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, on 15 August, authorities in Jakarta suggested that Indonesia would not reopen until the end of the year; potentially not until there was a vaccine.
On 26 August Bali's governor, I Wayan Koster, said that the borders would remain closed due to rising numbers of coronavirus cases in Indonesia. ‘The Indonesian government couldn’t reopen its doors to foreign travellers until the end of 2020 as we remain a red zone,’ said Koster. ‘The situation is not conducive to allowing foreign tourists to come to Indonesia, including to Bali.’
The news has been devastating to Bali's tourist industry, much of which is centred around scuba diving. Some dive centres have managed to stay afloat with a limited trade in domestic tourism, while others have been forced to close their doors.
No official date has been given for any planned reopening but International tourists would be barred from entering the country until 'the end of 2020'.