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Pack your bags, Love: Bali expected to reopen its borders by October

According to Indonesian authorities, Bali has gotten better control over the Coronavirus outbreak within its borders than the rest of the nation, and for this reason it could reopen to tourists by October.

As of Friday last week, Bali reported 343 cases of Covid-19 and four deaths, a far lower fatality rate compared with 16,496 cases and 1076 deaths in the whole of the Indonesian archipelago.

If this curve continues to flatten, the Bali Tourism Ministry will be encouraging tourist spots in Bali to restart business as usual.

A promotional campaign will commence from June, said Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, Secretary of the Ministry.

Aside from central areas such as Seminyak and Kuta, several island will also be opened up again, including Yogyakarta and the Riau Islands Province.

The Ubud Writers Festival looks like also going ahead from 28 October–1 November 2020.

Bali’s economy depends mainly on tourism and, sadly, foreign tourism has declined by more than 60 per cent in the past month.

It is recommended that potential travelers wait at least until September to gauge communication from Indonesian tourist authorities before booking flights and accommodation.

Antonino Tati

 

Image credits: Samsara Resort, Ubud (top of story) and promotional image for the Ubud Writer’s Festival.

 

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