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Bali Tourism Non-Existent in 2021

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Bali officials have confirmed that tourism has dropped an additional 99.99% from last year.

    Officials from the Bali Statistics Center has confirmed that the tourism sector has been erased when compared to 2020.


    The Head of Bali Statistics Center, Hanif Yahya says Bali has been hit the hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic as international visitors were banned from entering the island to prevent Covid-19 cases from surging.

“According to our data, the arrival of international visitors at Bali airport from January to June 2021 has dropped 99.99% in comparison with the data in 2020.” Yahya said on Monday (1/8).


    Yahya explained that this is the worse ever recorded situation in the history of Bali tourism.

“Bali has only received a total of 43 international visitors from January to June 2021, 10 visitors in January, 12 visitors in February, 3 visitors in March, 9 visitors in April, 8 visitors in May and 1 visitor in June, while the number of visitors on the same period in 2020 were 1,069,171 international visitors.” Yahya added.


    Meanwhile the Head of Bali Tourism Agency, Putu Astawa explained that apart from the travel restrictions that were implemented by the Indonesian government, the pandemic has also made any potential travelers hesitant to leave their home countries for vacation.

Astawa said that Bali has been facing the worst crisis in its history since the Covid-19 pandemic struck over a year ago.

Bali tourists empty streets

“This is really bad, the situation made it impossible for international travelers to visit the island for holiday. And we’re totally devastated by this Covid-19 pandemic.” Astawa concluded.

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Saturday 7th of August 2021

Secede from Indonesia and declare independence! Bali has a strong brand internationally, and would do much better on its own without the useless bureaucrats from Jakarta


Tuesday 10th of August 2021

@Mark, Seriously as if Bali can stand on its own terms !! Some Aussies still think that Bali is a country...that's definitely one ignorant track of mind.


Friday 6th of August 2021

International borders remained closed off that brought a complete economic shutdown in Bali. However that did not deter those recent die hard expats living the high life in Bali from the uncertainty of the outside world.

Sadly to say that Bali has earned its reputation for rule-breaking tourists during the pandemic. Influencers and digital nomads who have shown little respect for the locals, cultural way of life, demand lower prices and flout covid -19 rules. Some locals feel increasingly powerless with the influx of a new type of foreigners in recent years.

And there are several foreigners who openly deriding covid-19 measures or discouraging vaccines while living in Bali. We are all in this together to partake with a solution to make Bali a welcoming destination instead of running tensions with the locals and long term expats.


Wednesday 4th of August 2021

I'm wondering how the 1000 Russian people are coming and leaving the island.. According to my friends, a lot of such tourists are there


Saturday 14th of August 2021

@Chris, Just be ready for an 8 day quarantine package deal in Jakarta. Proof of a PCR test result and a proof of vaccination heading for Bali. But non essential travelers ain't happening for now into Indonesia.


Saturday 7th of August 2021

@Ben, Thanks for your comment, make sense :) So a flight over Jakarta allows me to enter Bali?


Thursday 5th of August 2021

@Chris, via flight to Jakarta. I think these numbers are direct arrivals to Bali, I doubt government actually has a way of knowing if a foreigner takes a boat to Bali, or perhaps even een domestic flight.

Wayan Bo

Wednesday 4th of August 2021

Tourism recovery can’t be expected in sooner future.


Wednesday 4th of August 2021

Garuda Airlines does not help either as we have been booked to come over from Sydney for nearly 2 years, Garuda has canceled their flights out of Sydney in that time but wont give a refund. Then we have our own Government that has also canceled opening our international boarders in that time. I really feel for the people in Bali doing it so very hard but we all have to get through this Pentametric


Friday 6th of August 2021

@Alan, FYI...what's the point of shaming an Airline by exposing its name that happened two years ago.

Its unusual for an airline not to make a refund unless you purchased a class code ticket that is non refundable, non changeable flight and worse without any travel insurance for unforseen flight disruption. Read the small prints before purchasing.

Nevertheless during this pandemic flight disruption is common. Each day could be a new travel restriction especially now with the delta surge. However travelers have received travel vouchers given by the Airline that you mentioned for a later date and that can be updated again.