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Bali tourism industry will receive US$78.5 million in economic stimulus The Indonesian government has announced that the Bali tourism industry will receive US $78.5 million (IDR 1,1 trillion) in stimulus funding to help survive the pandemic and prepare health protocols for the eventual return of tourism. Bali will receive the largest part of the national […]

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Hygiene facilities in Bali’s tourist sites to receive facelift amid pandemic The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry is set to revitalize hygiene facilities at several tourist sites in Bali in November. Wawan Gunawan, the ministry’s regional II destination development director, said that the revitalization program would take in place in one city and eight regencies, […]

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Bali tourism industry concerned with Australia’s plan to restrict overseas travel until late 2021 The increasing likelihood that Australia’s borders will remain closed for international travel until late next year appears to have added another layer of concerns among tourism players in Bali, many of whom had been counting on the return of foreign travelers […]

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Indonesia halts automatic stay permit extensions for foreigners, announces ‘new normal’ immigration policy Indonesian health officials yesterday conducted a simulation for COVID-19 vaccination in Bali’s Badung regency, as the country gears up preparations to distribute potential vaccines for the infectious disease. The Health Ministry has chosen two community health clinics (Puskesmas) in Bali and Bogor, […]

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Bali adds stricter screening measures for visitors Bali will remain open to domestic tourism for the time being, as officials announce stricter screening measures for incoming visitors following a surge in COVID-19 cases on the island. “I don’t think we would want to open Bali for tourism without limits […] So we will be placing […]

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New virus cases knock hopes of reviving Southeast Asia’s holiday hotspots A spike in coronavirus infections in Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali and Thailand’s first locally transmitted case in 100 days have dealt further blows to Southeast Asian hopes of reviving vital tourism industries. Plans to reopen Bali to foreign tourists from September have been […]

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Bali postpones plans to welcome international travelers in September Plans to reopen Bali to international tourists on Sept. 11 have been reconsidered following the government’s decision to wait until the end of this year before welcoming foreign visitors. “The government is still prohibiting its citizens from traveling abroad at least until the end of 2020. In line […]

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Bali named fourth-most popular global destination on TripAdvisor Bali has been recognized as one of the most popular destinations in the world, according to travel platform TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards of 2020. Winners of the awards are chosen based on the quantity and quality of user reviews and ratings, and are now honored as “Travelers’ […]

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Bali’s recovery crucial for Indonesian tourism: minister Indonesia’s tourism industry appears to hinge on Bali’s revival amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with one minister warning that other destinations in the archipelago could be crippled should Bali fail to recover. “Bali’s recovery is crucial for national and regional tourism,” Minister of National Development (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa said […]

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Indonesia halts automatic stay permit extensions for foreigners, announces ‘new normal’ immigration policy   File photo of immigration officers with a foreign traveler at the Ngurah Rai International Airport. Photo: Ditjen Imigrasi The Indonesian government updated its immigration policy for foreigners effective today, bringing an end to the automatic extension of stay permits that were […]

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