The Governor of Bali has asked the Indonesian Government to remove it’s ban on foreign visitors so the island can move forward with reopening to international tourism.
“We urge the government to repeal Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regulation No 11/2020 to facilitate the implementation of the third phase of reopening,” Governor Wayan Koster pleaded.
The regulation prohibits the entrance of foreigners into Indonesian territory in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Koster said he was convinced that Bali would be ready for the full reopening of tourism, an industry that accounts for more than 52 percent of the island’s economic.
“As of today, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases has reached 3,360, [which includes] 2,788 recoveries, 48 deaths and 524 active cases. Bali scores a recovery rate of 82.98 percent, the second-highest in Indonesia, after West Sumatra. We are experiencing a positive development in dealing with the pandemic,” he said.
Koster stressed that tourist attractions and facilities across the island had implemented the required health protocols to ensure the safety of their patrons.
“The world is watching closely, and the success of Bali in reopening its tourism will greatly influence our efforts to resurrect Indonesian tourism,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama said.
After a five-month hiatus imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bali was officially reopened for tourism in a modest ceremony in Bali’s tourism enclave of Nusa Dua on Thursday evening.
Toward the end of the ceremony, they raised their hands in a joint toast featuring the island’s locally produced palm spirit of arak.
At the Ngurah Rai International Airport, tourism officials welcomed the first arriving tourists as the island officially reopened for domestic tourism.