Bali closed for international tourists for this year

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Indonesia’s tourism hotspot Bali will remain close for international tourists until the end of this year, after the government postponed the September 11 deadline to reopen the beach-lovers’ paradise.

Bali Governor Wayan Koster said in a statement“The Indonesian government couldn’t reopen its doors to foreign travelers until the end of 2020 as we remain a red zone.”

The government statement did not specify if Bali will be open for tourists before 2021. Governor Koster said, the condition of Indonesia is not ‘conductive’ to open the country for international tourists, not for Bali as well.

The announcement comes amid a recent surge in the number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia, prompting the government to impose stricter lockdown at one of its most popular tourist destinations, even at a cost of losing vital economic aid.

Millions flock to Bali each year in search of the beaches and pushed by the love of seas. The town is also heavily reliant on tourism. Understandably the sector has already been hit hard by the falling numbers of tourists this year, owning to lockdown.

Bali closed for international tourists for this year (Image courtesy of Arty via Unsplash)

As of Monday, the island town has a total of 4,576 infections with 52 deaths as of Monday. Indonesia, as a whole, has a whole lot more cases with 155,000 confirmed cases and 6,759 deaths, as per the government data.

However, the Indonesian government did try to revive its ailing economy by throwing open the tourism for the locals in June. Beaches, temples, and popular destinations were open for domestic tourists, without causing a surge in the number of cases.

Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo said on Monday, his country is ready to produce hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021, the Jakarta Post reported.

“It is a huge number. We can eventually export the vaccine to other countries if our supply exceeds the domestic demand,” the President was quoted as saying.