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Indonesian Health Ministry Says Bali Won’t Fully Reopen For Tourists Until April 2022

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As the Bali government has announced the reopening of designated green zones for international tourists to open first, the Indonesian Health Ministry has said the full reopening of Bali’s borders won’t follow until April of 2022.

Indonesian Health Minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin has mapped out steps in which all of Bali would be safely accessible to international visitors, and according to him, it will take at least one year. “Our plan is not to quickly open our borders but to be the safest tourist destination,” said Budi. The three phase reopening plan has been announced and is already drawing harsh criticism from Bali tourism workers.

Bali beach water sports tourists
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Budi plans to show the world that Bali has successfully controlled the COVID-19 pandemic, before opening to tourists. “We as the Health Ministry want Bali to gain more trust from other international governments by showing them how we handle the pandemic in our areas,” Budi Sadiki said during the meeting in Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant Ubud on Friday afternoon (12/3).

He said that the tourism sector and residents of Bali must be patient in order to successfully reopen. “I completely understand that it’s hard for the people of Bali who are so dependant on tourism to make a living, but our target is not to quickly open our border. We are aiming to be the best and safest tourist destination in the world, with strict prevention protocols,” Budi Gunadi added.

international tourists Bali sunset
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Budi plans to reopen the international travel corridor in three phases:

Phase 1: reopening the green zones such as Nusa Dua and Ubud which starts from March to June 2021 while the vaccine rollout is being distributed to tourism workers

Phase 2: authorities will implement strict supervision to all locals moving in and out of the green zones which will between July to December 2021

Phase 3: the government will start to reopen the border to the select countries as a simulation program which will start from January to March 2022 before finally reopening the border to all international tourists in April 2022.

International tourists in Bali
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Budi also aims to hold a meeting with WHO and UNICEF in Bali as an indicator that this program is successful to gain trust from the international world.

“I have communicated this plan to Bali Governor, so we will see how it works in the near future” Budi Gunadi concluded.

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Michael Heenan

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Not only does your country safe harbor my ex wife to keep my daughter there now you make it next to impossible to see her.

The key thing is vaccinations. That's it

You can only do so much

Paul W

Monday 15th of March 2021

RIP Bali. Your an Island. Shut your ferry ports control access through your airport and bring back vaccinated tourists before every business is lost .

Jeremy H Barnes

Sunday 14th of March 2021

I hate to be the first one, are we going to trail behind the rest of SE Asia??

Matthew Chen

Sunday 14th of March 2021

Bali has a good plan to be the best and safest tourist destination in the world. Good luck Bali.

Peter davors

Sunday 14th of March 2021

Bali is a mess. No one knows what’s happening with visas,tourists, green zones, vaccines, airports, people starving, crime out of control. SOMEONE DO SOMETHING.