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A quick description of Bali's tourist reopening

A quick description of Bali's tourist reopening

I Wayan Koster, the governor of Bali, implemented a three-phase, gradual reopening plan to open Bali's borders to foreign visitors.It took some time to get to the third and final phase, but it is now well under way. In accordance with Koster's reopening strategy, first local landmarks and public spaces reopened, then domestic travel resumed, and most recently, international travelers are once again permitted to visit Indonesia, provided they are fully immunized, possess a valid visa (such as the Visa On Arrival or the B211 Visit Visa), and adhere to all established safety protocols.

The reopening strategy was implemented as follows:

Phase One of Reopening
On July 9, 2020, the first phase of reopening got underway with a focus on the opening of neighborhood shops and professions. Phase 1 permitted the operation of regional establishments, businesses, and trade, including, to name a few, hospitals, dining establishments, government buildings, consulates, regional and traditional markets, modes of transportation, farms, and places of worship.However, tourist attractions remained closed up until Phase 2.

Phase 2 of the Reopening
On July 31st, 2020, the second stage of the reopening got underway. In Phase 2, Bali reopened the island to all domestic tourists, including tourist activities and tours as well as tourist attractions such as waterfalls, temples, beaches, and points of interest.
This allowed tourists from Indonesia (as well as foreigners who chose to stay in Indonesia) to visit and discover Bali. Domestic travel within all of Indonesia's islands was also reinstated, with some requirements including confirmation of at least one vaccination dosage and negative results from PCR/Antigen tests.

The third stage of reopening
With the reopening of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport to foreign tourists on October 14, 2021, the third and last stage of the reopening process has now started. The first international flight touched down on the island on February 3rd, 2022, and some nations were once again eligible for visas on arrival. International travelers who have received the necessary vaccinations and possess a valid visa may now visit Indonesia (like the Visa On Arrival or the B211 Tourism Visit Visa).

If this Phase Three experiment is successful and safe, travel regulations and visa restrictions may change and become more flexible. But keep in mind that strategies alter, variations appear, and phases are postponed.

While we are VERY happy that Bali's borders have now been reopened, we must keep in mind that if Phase Three of Reopening fails, plans may change once more, and the borders may tighten once more. After all, this isn't the first time the reopening has been delayed.

However, despite prior lockdowns and delays in restoring Indonesia's international borders, Bali's intentions to completely open and restore tourism have the strong support of the Central Government. This might be the beginning of a very bright (and sunny!) future for Bali's tourist rehabilitation if this worldwide reopening succeeds (and community cases stay low).


Post by on 2022-09-04 23:38:56