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Only 153 International Tourists Have Applied To Visit Bali Since Reopening

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A reports shows that only 153 international tourists have applied for a visitors visa to Bali since the border was reopened back in October of this year.

Plane landing in Bali

Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration confirmed that only 153 international visitors have gone through the application process for a visa since since the borders reopened. Tourists have applied from Sweden, France, and India.

This number is still far from the expectations that the Bali tourism sector had hoped for as most of the people on the island have been heavily reliant on tourism for years.

tourists arriving in Bali

According to a survey conducted by the International Air Transport Association 84% of international travelers will not book a destination that has an active quarantine upon arrival rule in place.

The quarantine policy is constantly changing and was recently extended to 10 days due to the Omicron variant.

Tourists in Jimbaran beach

Virologist of Bali Udayana University, Professor IGN Mahardika, said that Bali will continue to suffer until the quarantine requirement has been fully removed.

“Even with a shorter quarantine time, nobody will visit the island,” Prof. Mahardika said.

Millions of Bali locals have been reported to be out of work and spending all their savings to survive. Many have liquidated all assets including hotels and tourism vehicles.

Bali tourist buying from roadside vendor

Tourism experts don’t expect to see a full tourism recovery until at least 2024 leaving which will be a further blow to an already devastated economy on the island.

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Wayan Bo

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

All of them could be transported in a mid range airplane.

Na Kolohe

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

153 ain't gonna cut it!

Tom Hinds

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Waiting until you open to Australia without quarantine. We have a very high vaccination rate.


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

I don't think these 153 people were even tourists, they probably have family and or property on the island they needed to return to.

With VOA and without quarantine there probably would have been 153 thousand in the same timeframe.


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Professor IGN Mahardika is a wise man! No one will come to Bali to spend his holiday and a lot of money in a quarantaine hotel. Why does the governor not understand this? Look at Phuket! The Thai people are so smart compared to the Indonesians! Learn from them! Make sure your population gets the chance to earn some income by stopping these stupid rules which changes day by day. I know all islanders are always afraid of what comes from outside. But you are destroying your island with these stupid politics! STOP IT NOW before it's too late!