On October 14, 2021, Bali authorities plan to open the nation’s borders to more countries. For now, only travelers from China, United Arab Emirates, India, Japan, Qatar, New Zealand and South Korea may enter Bali.
Travelers itching to visit the island paradise of Bali in Indonesia will have to wait a little longer if they reside in the United States, Canada or most other countries.
Government authorities expect up to 1,500 international guests to enter Bali each day. However, flight schedules and reservations suggest the number may be lower.
Even so, businesses in Bali’s once-booming tourism industry welcomed the news. Even if just 100 international guests enter the country on the first day of the opening, this step forward will provide economic relief to the island’s hard-hit tourism industry.
The Deputy Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, noted that the initially planned eight-day quarantine for guests decreased to just five days after a discussion with health experts and economists.
Initially, Bali only planned to permit travelers from five nations to enter its borders during the phased approach to reopening. However, 18 nations made the final cut.
Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati did not share too many details about the reopening, which frustrated many business owners who have faced nearly two years of lost income as a result of travel restrictions.
Bali officials expect Chinese citizens to comprise the majority of international guests.
International visitors to Bali must have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations before arrival in the nation. All travelers must also quarantine for five days upon entry to the island.
Rival tourism destinations no longer require all guests to quarantine upon arrival. Bali’s tourism leaders hope the government will lift that restriction in lieu of proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival.