Bali Could Welcome Back Tourists by October (Video)
The government is considering reopening Bali at some point between June and October.
Bali, Indonesia’s most popular tourism destination, could be open to international visitors by October, its tourism ministry announced last week.
With a population of 4.2 million, Bali reported a total of 343 COVID-19 cases and only four deaths, according to the Bali Tourism Board most recent update. Across all of Indonesia, there has been 20,162 cases of coronavirus recorded and 1,278 deaths.
The government is considering reopening Bali at some point between June and October, Reuters reported. Although there is no specific reopening date set, the government has already announced Bali will be one of the first Indonesian islands to do so. The island, and a select number of others, would start by opening on a partial basis, to prevent the number of coronavirus cases from increasing a second time.
“At first, a lot of people were concerned that Bali would be badly affected by COVID-19, as it is the largest tourist destination in Indonesia,” Bali Governor Wayan Koster said in an interview with Bloomberg this week. “However, the facts show otherwise. Bali is thriving.”
Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will begin reopening with a plan called the Cleanliness, Health and Safety (CHS) program, developed in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
The “implementation, CHS verification, audits, and certifications will be carried out by involving certification bodies,” Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, said in a statement, according to Bali Plus. The program will begin in Bali’s Nusa Dua region, home to many all-inclusive beachside resorts.
Bali’s unusually good response to the pandemic has been attributed to the strength of village councils throughout the island.
“The villages have a very strong influence on the community. People will abide by anything the ruler of the village said,” Ngurah Wijaya, an adviser to the Bali Tourism Board, told Bloomberg. “This has enabled the government to impose its policies effectively.”