“I have just finished discussing the plan to reopen Bali tourism and direct flights from India. We are preparing this, which is now in the finalization stage. There will be collaborations on other sectors as well,” said Sandiaga in his statement on Wednesday, March 17.
The idea to open direct flights was due to the increasing number of tourist arrivals from India every year before the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), 264,516 Indian tourists visited Bali in 2017, 353,894 in 2018, and 374,043 in 2019.
The government plans to immediately reopen the tourism in Bali for foreign tourists under the travel bubble scheme. The Bali government has also set three regions that are free from Covid-19 transmission or green zones to welcome tourists, namely Ubud in Gianyar Regency, Sanur in Denpasar City, and ITDC Nusa Dua in Badung Regency.
Indonesian president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo planned to cautiously reopen the economic sector, especially tourism in Bali once the spread of Covid-19 started to slow down and be fully contained.
“If Covid-19 transmission fall then disappears, we will start reopening the economic activities, especially tourism sector in Bali province with stages that will be designed by the provincial, regency, city, and central governments so that the condition in Bali will return to normal,” said the President via a YouTube channel of the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday, March 16.
He made the statement while monitoring the vaccination in Gianyar, Bali. He also appreciated several Bali regions that have been classified as Covid-19 green zones, namely Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua.
Widodo hoped the province’s efforts in containing the pandemic could be a model for other provinces and cities to follow. “We hope Bali can immediately revive should the vaccination be held every day,” he added.
Other than Gianyar, the President would also monitor the vaccination in Denpasar which targeted tourism workers.
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno on March 15 during the Tempo Instagram Live program said the decision to reopen tourism for foreign tourists was in the hands of President Jokowi. He added that the government is still finalising its mechanisms at the ministerial and institutional level.
Is Bali open for Indian tourists as of now ?
Not yet , Bali is not open for Indian tourists as of 18th March 2021 . However Balinese authorities are keeping full eye on the situation and is looking for the opportunity to resume operations .
When is Bali opening or Planning to open for tourism ?
As per the latest update on 17th march , Bali is planning to resume tourism in the month of June or July 2021 .
Is there a direct flight between Bali and India ?
As of 18th March 2021 there were no direct flights between India and Bali ! However after the discussion between Indian ambassador Shri Manoj Kumar Bharti and Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno , authorities are planning to start a direct flight between both.
Is it safe to travel to Bali in pandemic times ?
With the introduction of Covid 19 vaccination , it is suggested to get vaccinated before travelling to Bali or any where around the world . In any case of you are not able to get vaccinated it is always recommended to follow all COVID measures and to buy insurance before travelling .
Has vaccination started in Bali , Indonesia ?
yes , Vaccination process has been started in Bali Indonesia with full force.
Will Covid test be required before travelling to Bali ?
yes , Covid test will be required before one travels to Maldives.
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