Bali remains closed to foreign tourists throughout 2020. “Care must be taken”

The island of Bali, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia, as well as one of the most popular sites for those who prefer tropical seas, will no longer welcome foreign visitors until the end of this year in an attempt to stem the spread of Covid- 19.

This was announced by the governor of the province, Wayan Koster, according to which the decision to deny tourists access to the island is “in line with government policy”, which has prohibited Indonesian citizens from leaving the country at least until the end of 2020.

Bali. Deserted beaches and markets. And foreign tourists won’t be seen until 2021

Beaches, temples and attractions of the pearl nestled between the Bali Sea and the Indian Ocean have been open to local tourists since the end of July, while for the return of foreigners there was initially talk of 11 September. Now the slip. The governor added that the president’s executive Joko Widodo it “fully” supports the island’s recovery plans, but that it is necessary to “be careful”. Koster then stresses that we must be “well prepared”, because a failure by Bali to contain the spread of the virus would have “a big impact on the image of Indonesia in the eyes of the world” and then added that, according to a refrain now also known in our latitudes, the island’s authorities will now concentrate on the effort to increase internal tourism “.

An empty tourist shop in Gianyar

The pandemic has hit Bali hard, whose economy is about 80 percent based on tourism. According to data released in the local press, over 2,500 people employed in the sector have lost their jobs, while more than 73,000 have been forced to take unpaid leave.

The island, which had welcomed over 6 million tourists in 2019, has seen that figure drop drastically. And with hotels and restaurants forced to close or to work in small ranks, many residents have been forced to return to previous farming activities, as has happened in other oceanic edens, not least Easter Island.

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On the island, registered cases of coronavirus infection are currently around 4,000 with 49 deaths, while in the whole of Indonesia the toll speaks of over 157,000 confirmed cases, for just under 7,000 deaths.


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