Bali has originally planned on reopening its borders for international tourism starting on September 11th but had not received the go ahead from Indonesian government. Koster explained that after speaking with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bali will delay its reopening until 2021 in line with the Government of Indonesia.
An official press release signed by the Governor of Bali also confirmed the news. “The situation in Indonesia is not yet conducive to allow foreign tourists to visit Indonesia, including Bali.”
“The regulation signed by the Minister of Law and Human Rights that prohibits foreigners from entering Indonesia is still in effect. The Indonesian government will not allow for the entry of foreign tourists to Indonesia until the end of 2020, because Indonesia is still in the red zone category.”
Governor Koster focused on the importance of Bali’s reopening stating that the island is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
“This must not be rushed, and requires very careful preparation. This is due to Bali’s position as one of the world’s main tourist destinations.” “Bali must not fail because it will have a negative impact on the image of Indonesia, including Bali in the eyes of the world, which could have counter-productive consequences for tourism recovery efforts.”