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Bali Central Government Plans To Forbid Backpackers From Entering When The Border Reopens

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The central government has planned to forbid backpackers from entering Bali when the borders reopen for international tourism in the near future. 

The Indonesian central government through the Maritime and Investment Coordinator Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan stated that Bali will not allow backpackers to visit the island once the international travel corridor reopens in the future. “We’ll aim for quality tourism in Bali, so we won’t allow backpackers to enter once the reopening plan for international travelers is officially put in place in the near future.” Luhut said when he visited Bali on Friday (10/9).

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 Luhut explained that the central government will potentially reopen the border for certain countries when Bali reaches a level 2 partial lockdown. “Our preparation stages to reopen the border will be implemented with some selected countries when the Covid-19 transmission is properly handled and when the partial lockdown in Bali reaches level 2.” Luhut added. As a prevention to avoid Covid-19 transmission from visitors, Bali will partially reopen tourism for certain countries that are considered safe from Covid-19 transmission.

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 He also said that each traveler will be required to scan the barcode with an app called PeduliLindungi before entering any tourist attractions or shopping malls. Despite the decrease of Covid-19 transmissions in Bali, Luhut still encourages the people to keep complying with prevention protocols. “We still need to be patient as well as be aware of this virus, even though the cases have significantly reduced.” Luhut concluded.

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Monday 20th of September 2021

All depends on how backpackers are defined. ?

Neil Gill

Sunday 19th of September 2021

Who ever wrote this must be unsettled and economically unstable. What made Bali what it is? Many years, ago back packers and surfers made Bali a tourist attraction. Back packers move around and support the local economy around the Island as they hire motor bikes, buy petrol and spend money where ever they travel. You all seem to think the so called Good Travellers are great for Bali. They pay for packages in their own country and never leave the resorts. You will find that the smaller stores around the Island will never open again. Many young travellers like I was many years ago have now settled here and invested money all over the Island as we travelled and found the places we, wanted to retire in. These so called GOOD TRAVELLERS don't come back and do not spend any money around the Island. This is a typical concept of protecting your friends so called upmarket hotels and not the basic servilians suffering around the island. Go back to grass roots as Thialand, Cambodia, Vietnam will benefit from this absurd idea... This for the whole island not just your friends hotels. I have lived here for many years and brought a lot of money into this Island that is not going to happen with the so called GOOD TOURIST PAID IN ADVANCE PACKAGES IN THEIR OWN Country and do not spend around the Island. For the economy of the Island rethink your ideas as Thialand are already advertising that Bali will not except back packers but they are welcome in many other local countries Don't think about the so called 5 star hotels which are not compared to other countries think about the whole Island economy......

Paul Morris

Saturday 18th of September 2021

There’s an old saying beggars can’t be choosers, Bali is in such a sorry state of decay due to the lack of international tourists that it is incredible that the government are even thinking of such a stupid idea, my god you morons are seriously delusional that you think millions of tourists are going to appear overnight what ever tourists appear at your front door you should be happy and grateful that they have arrived to spend money on your once beautiful island.many of these government officials have a lot to answer for the way they have treated their own people and one day there will be karma for the Balinese people.


Thursday 16th of September 2021

I had desire(d) once to explore more and invest in Bali and other couple of S. Asian islands but learned they prefer to be scared and locked causing this way great damage to local economy, tourism and increasing more poverty to their own people, meanwhile in lands of Brave and Courageous leaders tourism still being done succesfully and keeping local public institutions with income and local people thriving in the workforce, all without having upticks in "cases" and so on. Strange world we live nowadays. Peace be with you all.

Not Haole

Thursday 16th of September 2021

Similar to how Bhutan manages their tourism imploy tourists fees and taxes to weed out the rift raft that contribute minimally to Bali's economy.