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Bali Reverses Course and Will Remain Closed to Foreign Tourists Until 2021

Indonesia News
by Eben Diskin Aug 24, 2020

Bali raised tourists’ hopes by announcing its planned reopening for September 11, 2020, but the popular island has since re-evaluated. As the number of COVID-19 cases are increasing in Indonesia, Bali decided to remain closed to international visitors for the remainder of 2020.

Wayan Koster, the governor of Bali, said in a statement, “The Indonesian government couldn’t reopen its doors to foreign travelers until the end of 2020 as we remain a red zone. The situation is not conducive to allowing foreign tourists to come to Indonesia, including to Bali.”

While closed to international tourists, Bali has been open to local travelers since the end of July, and an estimated 2,300 to 2,500 tourists came onto the island each day from July 31st to August 14, Reuters reports.

International tourism in Bali has been interrupted since April.

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