Since November 2019, the world has been facing the outbreak of this deadliest disease COVID-19. COVID-19 has created a very bad impact on the tourism industry. After around 20 months the world is getting back on track. Many countries have been removing their restrictions and allowing tourists to visit their country. One such country is the Indonesian island, Bali.
From bustling beaches to towering cliffs, you will get everything on this Indonesian island. The serene location of Bali is best for a honeymoon vacation but for the last 18 months, it has not seen any visitors. Officials had also closed the international airport in Indonesia in April 2020 so that no person suffering from COVID-19 could get a chance to come into the country.
According to a report, Bali tourism has decided to end the travel restriction for a few countries after a rough time period of 18 months. Governments have observed a reduction in COVID-19 cases in several countries hence taking this tough decision looking forward to the economy of the country.
So if you are planning to visit Bali since the lockdown started, you can plan your trip after 14th October 2021. Also, read this article to gather more information about whether you are actually allowed to go there or not?
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Bali is reopened for the following countries: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, and Norway.
- The UK is not on this list. The citizens of the UK have to wait for a few more months to visit this island in Indonesia.
Bali is undoubtedly the perfect spot for water sports lovers. The pristine beaches with a lot of white sand and enough coral reefs make Bali the perfect location to visit this summer. The major economy of Bali depends on the tourism sector and this decision is necessary for the development of the country. Locals who are catering to the tourists in Bali have already seen the bad phase of their life during this COVID-19 situation and now when everything is coming back to normal it is necessary to take proper precautions so that the condition wouldn’t get worse.
- Hotels, restaurants, and other businesses catering to tourists are facing huge losses due to this sudden outbreak of diseases are again geared up for re-opening. Also, this removal of restriction is good news for both travelers and the tourist industry as they can visit their favorite location, and the economy of the country starts blooming after such a long interval.
Current situation of COVID-19 in the country:
As per a report, the risk of COVID-19 in Indonesia is high. Relying on the current report of COVID-19 cases, there are 2,765 active cases in Bali on 16th September 2021 and a total of 84,963 active cases throughout Indonesia.
Precautions to be taken while visiting Bali:
Yeah, surely the government has decided to remove the travel restrictions but that doesn’t mean that you are completely safe from getting into the trap of the COVID-19 virus in Indonesia. To be on the safer side, the Indonesian government has requested to follow all the necessary precautions for individual safety. Here are some basic precautions that you have to follow while boarding and public transport of public gatherings in Bali.
- Make sure to carry proof of complete vaccination with you. Whereas if you are a domestic traveler (residing in Indonesia) then you should be vaccinated with the first dose to visit Bali.
- Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from others. You need to take care of this even if someone doesn’t seem to be sick.
- Wear a mask especially when you are around people and in public gatherings. Even if you have this gathering with your family members or close ones.
- Make sure to sanitize your hands often or wash your hands with soap and water. We recommend you to use sanitizers (alcohol-based hand rub) wherever possible instead of soap and water to reduce wastage of water.
- If you are feeling sick, unwell, or facing any type of discomfort then avoid attending social gatherings.
- Keep your nose and mouth covered with a tissue or towel while coughing or sneezing.
- Domestic visitors are requested to get vaccinated with the second dose as well when it’s their turn.
- International visitors are required to carry proof of hotel booking for quarantine within 8 days of arrival and complete health tests.
Indonesia is enabling tourism once again following all the precautionary measures. The government wants people to feel safe during their travels to Indonesia. Global safety and hygiene camps are organized in different places within the country to remind people about the precautions that have to be taken while visiting.
The WTTC, a council that looks after the travel and tourism sector privately, created Safe Travels Stamp to make the tourists recognize governments and private companies around the world that have adopted globally standardized protocols of health and hygiene. This also ensures the Safe Travel of visitors to and from Indonesia.
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All hotels, restaurants, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, attractions, short-term rentals, car rentals, outdoor shopping, transportation, and airports are similar entities that are Eligible to achieve and use the stamp once they implement all the health and hygiene protocols, outlined by the WTTC.
In September 2020, the ‘Safe Travels’ List included 100 destinations including Saudi Arabia, Spain, Portugal, and Mexico that first gained this stamp and the Philippines is the 100th destination.